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Editor Sean Nolan Hello and welcome to this week’s issue of Ireland’s Own. We are continuing our tour of this great country of ours and after last week’s trip to Port Law in County Waterford, we are moving up the country to Roscommon where David Medcalf took a tour of Strokestown. The magnificent Roscommon mansion has been lovingly restored and now stands as a reminder of what occurred in those days when the gap between rich and poor could mean the difference between living and dying, he writes. Also this week, Gemma Grant recalls the life of Italian-born Sister Blandina Segale who was dedicated to helping the sick and immigrants, but her encounters with Western outlaw Billy the Kid became the stuff of legend. Eamonn Duggan concludes his look at one of the least talked about campaigns in WW1, the sacrifice made by the 10th (Irish) Division and the impact it had on the fighting in the war itself. Jim Rees looks at the background to the legend associated with St. Swithin which says that if it rains on 15 July, it will rain for forty days. And Arthur Flynn profiles ‘In The Name of the Father’, the film that tells the story of The Guilford Four. As well as that all your regular weekly favourites are in there. Also, don’t miss next week’s issue when details of our Original Writing Competition for 2015 will be announced. Until then, enjoy the read and I will talk to you soon,

Best wishes,

Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own

 

Inside this week's issue

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By Arthur Flynn The reunion of the award winning director-star team of My Left Foot, Jim Sheridan and Daniel Day-Lewis was well greeted by cinemagoers....

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By Terri O'Mahony (from issue 5503) She had walked the mile along the promenade. She didn’t measure in kilometres because that was too taxing on...

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Jackie Goodall meets the son of the larger-than-life Kerryman who established The Embankment in Tallaght as the hub of live entertainment for many years Legend...

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Bernadette Kearney recalls the day she and her choir sang in the heart of Turlough Hill To sing beneath a lake in the belly of...

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Is it really possible to travel while asleep into another dimension – to a point in time where past and future merge? Most of us...

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By Calvin Jones Risso’s dolphins are quite large stocky dolphins with a blunt head lacking the familiar “beak” of many other dolphin species. They are...

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Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – Noreen Bawn. Theres a spot in old Tir Conaell, there’s a wee house in the glen, Where dwelt an fairest colleen,who charmed the hearts of men, She was winsome hale and hearty, shy and graceful as the dawn, Neighbours loved that widow’s daughter, happy laughing Noreen Bawn. For more see this week’s Ireland’s Own
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