Hello and welcome to this week’s Ireland’s Own. In our latest issue, Alan Frost tells the story of Fatima. On May 13th, this year, the Holy Father Pope Francis will visit Fatima to celebrate an international Mass before half-a-million or more pilgrims. The occasion is the hundredth anniversary of the first of the appearances there by Our Lady to three little shepherds. Alan recounts their very interesting story.
In her Voices from the Past series Mary Sheerin continues her celebration of 90 years of Ireland’s broadcasting service – this week she is focusing on the legendary Micheál Ó Hehir. Ray Cleere recalls the journey to a new land of the ‘Friend’s Goodwill’, the first emigrant ship to sail from Larne to Boston 300 years ago on 1st May, 1717.
Con McGrath continues his Role of the Irish in WW2 series. He tells the story of Mayo lady, Emily McManus, the Matron of All-England. Deirdre Ní Chuanacháin traces the history of The Everyman building in Cork, which has served the community as music hall, theatre and cinema for the past 120 years.
Gardening expert, Aileen Atcheson, returns with some more tips for you with green fingers while .
Stan McCormack recalls the life and career of Dr. Katherine Maguire, a remarkable young female doctor who was reputed to be the first female paediatrician in the country.
Martyn Baguley continues his series on native Irish trees – this week’s focus is on the Cherry Tree, while Bill McStay recalls Lord Macartney’s visit to the Emperor of China in 1793.
Marjorie is back in the kitchen with a recipe for a stuffed jacket potato. Cassidy is championing the merits of ‘Bealtaine’; Dan Conway is thinking about ‘the tennis iguana’ and ‘Kojak’ is the subject of this week’s popular US TV Series. Remember him?
We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your weekly favourites plus much more. Enjoy the read, and as we creep towards summer, I hope the sunshine beams broadly over your pocket of the world.
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own
Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – Four Green Fields “What did I have?” said the fine old woman, “What did I have?” this proud old woman did say, “I had four green fields, each one was a jewel
But strangers came and tried to take them from me, I had fine strong sons, they fought to save my jewels
They fought and died, and that was my grief” said she, “Long time ago” said the fine old woman
“Long time ago” this proud old woman did say, “There was war and death, plundering and pillage
My children starved by mountain valley and sea, And their wailing cries, they shook the very heavens
My four green fields ran red with their blood” said she…Lots of great songs for you to sing along with every week in Ireland’s Own