Hello and welcome to this week’s Ireland’s Own. This week’s cover story features Patrick Kavanagh as Eileen Casey looks at his life, love and legacy. Fifty years since his death, the poet’s life, in all its many facets, makes for celebration, reflection and an eagerness to explore, highlight and re-evaluate his contribution to both Irish and international literature, she writes.
In his Role of the Irish in WW2 series, Con McGrath brings us part two of the interview with Tipperary lady Sr. Mary Martin. The former teacher and RAF Chaplain reminisces about growing up in neutral Ireland during the war.
‘Culchie’ Gerry Moran recalls a hair-raising experience of a day’s outing to Dublin! Melanie Ward remembers Jeremiah Jordan, the man who helped secure extensive support for the Irish Land League movement from among the northern Protestant community in the late 1800s.
Our gardening expert Aileen Atcheson has more tips for those that are interested in keeping their gardens beautiful, and Jim Rees reports on The Manchester Martyrs. On 23 November, 1867, three Irishmen were publicly hanged in England for the murder of a prison guard two months previously, and the names William Allen, Michael Larkin and Michael O’Brien, passed into history as ‘The Manchester Martyrs’. But just who were these men, and how were they brought to their sorry end? Jim concludes that they were guilty of criminal activity, but they might also be regarded as victims of a government and media-fuelled public more interested in revenge than justice.
The book under review this month is My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, while a new book by Seamus Kelly focuses on the fascinating life and varied works of Maura Laverty.
Laverty was an author, journalist and broadcaster, best known for her cookery books and her work on the original Irish soap opera Tolka Row. She published several novels, short stories and critical pieces throughout her career.
We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your weekly favourites including Cassidy, Dan Conway and Pete’s Pets. Enjoy the read, stay warm, and as well as you can, and I will look forward to catching up with you again next week.
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own
Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – James Connolly A great crowd had gathered out side of Kilmainham, Their heads all uncovered, they knelt to the ground, Inside that grim prison was a brave Irish soldier, His life for his country about to lay down
He went to his death like a true son of Ireland, The firing party, he bravely did face, The order rang out, present arms and fire, James Connolly fell into a ready made grave, The black flag was hoisted, the cruel deed was over