Hello and welcome to this week’s issue of Ireland’s Own. The year is whizzing by and we are delighted to present the All-Ireland Finals Annual for 2019. In this year’s annual, Seán Creedon speaks exclusively to Sunday Game presenter, Des Cahill.
In our action-packed annual Seán Ua Cearnaigh recalls the story of when the GAA almost died. Noel Coogan pays tribute to “dual stars of the GAA” and Eddie Keher, who played senior and minor hurling finals in the same year.
Mary Ward – the Mistress of the Microscope died tragically 150 years ago, writes Paul Craven, as he recalls one of the first ever tragedies involving a motor car.
Tim Horgan remembers when Cork first word red and white. Before Brian Cody there was Danny O’Connell, writes Liam Burke – and both managers have led Kilkenny to 11 All-Ireland Senior Hurling titles.
In “Dancing at Lughnasa”, Martin Gleeson tells the story of Brian Friel’s much-loved play while Geraldine Du Berry looks at how the name ‘Lughnasa’ came about.
August marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Tyrone writer, Benedict Kiely, reports Vivien Igoe and in her ‘In the Shadow of Sliabh Luachra’ article, Melissa McCarthy takes a look at life around the famous Kerry landmark.
Pauline Murphy recalls when Croke Park welcomed The Wild West Rodeo Show in 1924, while the story of Waterford’s last All-Ireland Hurling Final Victory in 1959 is retold by Tom Hunt.
In the passing of the ‘Blue Panther’, Brian McCabe pays tribute to Anton O’Toole who lit up Croke Park as part of ‘Heffo’s Army’.
We have all your regular Ireland’s Own favourites to enjoy including Miss Flanagan Investigates, Kitty The Hare, Michael Lyster’s column, Alex Dobbs’ Health Advice, Eddie Ryan’s Sports Column, Cassidy Says, Dan Conway’s Corner, jokes, songs, pen pals, short stories, memory pieces and much much more including a €400 Word Maze, and €100 Crossword.
Enjoy the special, and the All-Ireland Finals and I will look forward to talking 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.