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Editor's welcome

Editor Sean NolanHello and welcome to this week’s Ireland’s Own. This week, on the 100th anniversary of his death, John Donohoe brings us the story of Francis Ledwidge, the Soldier Poet from Slane in Co. Meath who was killed in World War I.

Mary Sheerin pays tribute to the environmentalist and broadcaster, Dick Warner, following his recent death. Bill McStay recalls the ‘Last Flight of an American Heroine’. Read about the disappearance of the legendary pilot, Amelia Earhart.

Paula Redmond recalls the role the convict transport ship, The Phoebe Dunbar, played in ferrying Irish prisoners to the Swan River Colony in Western Australia, while in his Role of the Irish in WW2 series Con McGrath tells us the story of Nurse Ellen Savage, of Donegal descent, who received the George Medal for bravery.

‘Sgt. Stubby’, the most decorated dog of WW1 is remembered by Tom Murphy while Patrick P. Rowan pays tribute to the work of Dr. Jack, known as ‘Dr. Preger’, the ‘barefoot doctor of Calcutta’.

We have more gardening tips from our resident expert, Aileen Atcheson and Jim Rees profiles the swash-buckler, sleuth and all-round class act, Basil Rathbone.

From Waterford to Hollywood, Eugene Doyle recalls the career of the novelist Raymond Chandler, creator of  ‘Inspector Marlowe’ and Melanie Ward continues her Islands of the Erne series.

The Connemara Mine Disaster 1917 is remembered by Ray Cleere when a WWl mine exploded, killing nine people. The book under review this month is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.

We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your weekly favourites. So whether you are relaxing in the sunshine or more content to sit in the shade, enjoy this week’s Ireland’s Own and I look forward to catching up with you again next week.

Best wishes,

Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own


Inside this week's issue

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Oakley sunglasses outletPaul Swift continues his series on the Rivers of Ireland The river Aille rises on the slopes of Slieve Elva in the Burren,...

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You can bet your mortgage that somewhere in the world there is a film buff who can tell you how many actors have portrayed...

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On the one hundredth anniversary of his death, John Donohoe recalls the Co. Meath poet who was only thirty when he was killed in...

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Mary Sheerin pays tribute to environmentalist and broadcaster Dick Warner following his recent death It is true to say that the late Dick Warner died...

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By Arthur Flynn In 1967 a controversial film entitled Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was released. The film dealt with the sensitive subject of a...

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The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2017. Closing date extended to Friday, 11th August 2017. The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award for a first unpublished collection of poems...

Also this week

Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – The Jug of Punch Being on the twenty-third of June, Oh as I sat weaving all at my loom, Being on the twenty-third of June, Oh as I sat weaving all at my loom, I heard a thrush singing on yon bush…And the song she sang was the jug of punch, What more pleasure can a boy desire, Than sitting down, oh beside the fire, What more pleasure can a boy desire, Than sitting down, oh beside the fire, And in his hand, oh a jug of punch, And on his knee a tidy wench

Lots of great songs for you to sing along with every week in Ireland’s Own

Something for everyone

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