Hello, and welcome to another issue of Ireland’s Own. In this week’s cover story Tom McParland looks at Hollywood’s ‘swashbuckler’ movies. It made global superstars of actors such as Douglas Fairbanks and Errol Flynn and the audiences lapped them up, writes Tom in part one of a two-part feature.
RTÉ Longwave Radio – why does it matters to all of us? Richard Logue outlines the campain to keep RTÉ Radio 1 on longwave for the diaspora in Britain. Gemma Grant tells the story of Jose Sanches del Rio – Little Saint of the Revolution. She recalls the life of the fifteen-year-old Mexican boy who was tortured and put to death because he refused to renounce his Catholic faith.
Mary Sheerin continues her series marking the 90th anniversary of the State broadcasting service. This week she looks at Radio Éireann and The Emergency. In his Role of the Irish in WW2 series, Con McGrath tells the story of Irish-Australian John Mackey, a recipent of the Victoria Cross, who had roots in Co. Limerick.
Pauline Murphy profiles the Dubliner Dinny Coady, the working class hero who lost his life fighting Franco and facism in Spain, while John Dunville, the whiskey chief with a passion for ballooning, is profiled by Cathal Coyle.
Aileen Atcheson has more tips for keen gardeners, while Peter Smith examines the background of one of the world’s most famous paintings, the Ghent Altarpiece. Shane Cochrane examines a series of aircraft disappearances and Gerry Moran describes his visit to the multinational outlet, IKEA.
In his Ireland in 1917 series, Eamonn Duggan examines the new political mood which was very much in evidence throughout 1917 and it manifested itself in the outcomes of four pivotal by-elections, the results of which heralded a new era in Irish politics, he writes.
We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your weekly favourites. Enjoy the read, and the improving weather, and I look forward to chatting to you next week.
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own
Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – The Rising of the Moon And come tell me Sean O’Farrell, tell me why you hurry so, Hush a bhuachaill, hush and listen and his cheeks were all aglow, I bear orders from the captain, get you ready quick and soon, For the pikes must be together at the rising of the moon