Editor's welcome

Editor Sean Nolan

Hello and welcome to this week’s Ireland’s Own. In this week’s cover story we turn the spotlight on the GAA Museum in Croke Park which is celebrating 20 years since its opening. Showcasing the history of Ireland’s national games, the GAA Museum in Croke Park also brings to life how the GAA has contributed to our cultural, social and sporting heritage, writes Seán Creedon.

Jim McCarthy recalls the life and times of Charles Kickham, a true Irish patriot who penned the novel Knocknagow. Mary Anne Keeshan profiles the famous Cork artist, Thomas Hovenden, who was killed trying to save a girl’s life.

In his Role of the Irish in WW2 series, Con McGrath takes a look at Hubert Butler, the Kilkenny man who saved over 100 Jews from Hitler’s grasp. John Corbett presents a selection of memories of life in the Irish countryside during the month of June.

“With a nuclear bomb the Nazis would have won WWll” – in his two-part article, Pat Poland remembers the special forces tasked with thwarting their plans, including a young NCO who married local girl, Jennie Keogh, in Cobh Cathedral on 11th July, 1942.

Was Karl Marx ‘an advocate of Irish independence’, asks Jim Rees, while out original short story is ‘Benny’s Rest’ – a tale of ‘Old Seamus’, by Gerry McCullough.

Martyn Baguley continues his ‘Plants that Changed Our Lives’ series with part two of his look at the pineapple plant.

In his ‘The Witness Statements’ series, Eamonn Duggan continues his examination of the account left to the Bureau of Military History by Richard Walsh from Balla in County Mayo, a very committed republican who went on to be a member of Dáil Éireann in a free and independent Ireland.

We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your weekly favourites including Cassidy Says, Stranger Than Fiction, Pete’s Pets, jokes, songs, puzzles, memories and much much more. Enjoy the read and I will look forward to catching up with you all again next week.                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                               Best wishes,

Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own

 

Inside this week's issue

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Celebrating the history of Ireland’s national games, the GAA Museum in Croke Park also brings to life how the GAA has contributed to our...

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By Arthur Flynn One of the best-loved westerns of all time was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It was a combination of drama, action...

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By Jim McCarthy Con Houlihan contended that ten times more Irish people were familiar with the novel Knocknagow than they were with Ulysses. Knocknagow, however,...

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By John Macklin Throughout the hot summer of 1944, Allied forces poured back into Europe and the German grip on nations under occupation for half...

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In advance of the visit of Pope Francis in August, ANNIE MAY HARTE recalls the Papal visit of John Paul 11 in 1979 When it...

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With a few notable and memorable exceptions, Hollywood’s attempts at Irish movies weren’t alway helped by the inclusion of some native ‘Oirish’ music, writes...

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