Hello and welcome to this week’s Ireland’s Own.
This week’s cover story takes us on a highly enjoyable adventure along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan which has transformed the recreational habits of thousands of Waterford natives. Tom Hunt explores the history of the Waterford Greenway.
Helen Morgan marks National Harp Day which takes place on October 20th with events all over the country in her piece Lá na Cruite. Benford’s favourite sleuth, Miss Flanagan, is back on the crime trail and investigating ‘A Conniving Case’.
In his Role of the Irish in WW2 series Con McGrath tells the story of Armagh man Albert Smith, who won the DFC for his heroism in the skies above Arnhem. In his occasional Corners of Our Continent series, Bill McStay features ‘Ellan Vannin’ – the Isle of Man.
Colonel Hal Halvorsen is best known as the ‘Berlin Candy Bomber’ or ‘Uncle Wiggly Wings’ and gained fame for dropping candy to German children during the Berlin airlift from 1948 to 1949, writes Peter Smith.
October 26th marks 100 years since Sir Cecil Chubb donated Stonehenge to the public. Susie Kearley looks at some of the myths associated with the ancient site, including its strong links to Ireland.
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett is the focus of our Book Club and our original short story is Operation Angel by Mae Leonard.
Michael McPhillips recalls how a group of GAA players outwitted the RIC 100 years ago, and in ‘Animal Heroes’, Francis Kaye brings us a selection of stories about animals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in protecting their owners.
We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your weekly favourites including Miss Flanagan Investigates, Cassidy Says, Dan Conway, Stranger Than Fiction, songs, jokes, puzzles and much much more. Enjoy the read, and I will look forward to chatting to you all again next week.
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own
Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – Lots of St. Patrick’s Day favourites to sing along to as well as the best of Irish for the month of March.