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Editor's welcome

Editor Sean NolanHello and welcome along to another issue of Ireland’s Own. While our Christmas Annual remains on sale throughout the month of December, we also continue with our weekly offerings. This week we visit RTE’s long-running and very popular Céilí House programme. Kay Doyle chats to presenter and musician, Kieran Hanrahan of Stockton’s Wing fame.

In his Role of the Irish in WWll series, Con McGrath focuses on Captain Robert Kelly of the United States Navy. Noel Coogan recalls the 1956 Melbourne Olympics which were held in December. Despite the heroics of Ronnie Delaney, not all Irish memories of the 1956 Olympics are golden. Noel recounts the day when the Irish cycling team was arrested and removed from the Olympic stadium.

Cathal Coyle remembers the poet, William Allingham, for whom Ballyshannon will always be ‘home’. Fergus Ó Súilleabháin recalls the events of September 1966 when eight members from St. Mary’s Franciscan Convent in Beijing were forcibly expelled from China. Among the eight was Sr. Mary Eamon O’Sullivan, from Little Island in Cork.

Ray Cleere profiles the ‘Apostle of Temperance’, Fr. Theobald Matthew, who died 160 years ago on December 8th, 1856, and Ibar Quirke traces the development of the famous Maltese Marian shrine, erected in honour of Our Lady of Ta Pinu.

Pauline Murphy profiles Anna Johnston, a noted political and cultural activist who, under the pen name ‘Ethna Carbery’, composed the famous ballad, ‘Roddy McCorley’ and Gerry Moran recalls the night the late Leonard Cohen played an unforgettable concert at Kilmainham Jail.

We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your weekly favourites including Cassidy, Dan Conway, Pete’s Pets, songs, jokes, puzzles, pen pals, Marjorie’s Kitchen…plus much more. Enjoy the read and I look forward to chatting to you next week when we really get in to the festive mood.

                                                                                                                            Best wishes,

Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own


Inside this week's issue

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Noel Coogan recounts the day when the Irish cycling team was arrested While the sixtieth anniversary of the Melbourne Olympics was remembered earlier in...

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Seventy years ago one of the world’s best-loved Christmas films hit the cinema screens, but it wasn’t an instant hit, writes Seán Hall   On 20th...

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I keep promising myself that I will go to Austria for Christmas. For there, in Christkindl, near Steyr, there is a church with a...

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In the aftermath of the 1916 Rising, the All-Ireland Football Final was played out between Mayo and Wexford in December. Dr. Richard McElligott tells...

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Kay Doyle talks to the man at the helm of one of RTÉ Radio's longest running shows, Kieran Hanrahan of Céilí House. For hundreds of...

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By Liz Waterhouse The throaty booming dongs of the ancient grandfather clock pierced the silence of the Christmas Eve morning, as our tiny feet hit...

Also this week

Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – The Streets of New York I was eighteen years old, when I went down to Dublin, with a fist full of money and a cartload of dreams, Take your time said me father, stop rushing like hell, and remember all is not what it seems to be, For there’s fellas would cut ye for the coat on yer back, or the watch that ye got from yer mother, So take care me young buck-o and mind yourself well, and will ye give this wee note to me brother.. Lots of great songs for you to sing along with every week in Ireland’s Own

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