Hello, and welcome along to this week’s issue of Ireland’s Own. Throughout 2016, the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans, will celebrate 800 years since its foundation in 1216. The Jubilee Year will be celebrated worldwide by Dominican friars, sisters and lay people from the 7th of November (The Feast of All Saints of the Order) to the 21st of January 2017. Ray Cleere explains further in this week’s issue.
Also this week, Peter Smith profiles Joseph Bramah, the famous locksmith and inventor. In his Role of the Irish in WW2 series, Con McGrath look at the life of Carlow-man, Sir Thomas Butler, who received the DSO for gallantry at the battle of Mareth in Tunisia.
Shane Cochrane goes fishing for a mysterious catch in the story of The Copeland Island Sea Serpent. Gerry Moran explains how part of Nelson’s Pillar has come to adorn the gardens of Butler House in Kilkenny, and Jim Rees profiles the Canadian-born actor from Holly-wood’s Golden Era, Glenn Ford, who had an acting career spanning more than 50 years.
John Mulally profiles James Farley, the Irish-American who was instrumental in having FDR elected, and Sheila O’Kelly remembers Siobhan McKenna, a legend of Irish theatre, on the 30th anniversary of her death.
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante is the book under review in this month’s Book Club, and Eamonn Duggan continues his Ireland in 1916 series. This week the spotlight is turned on John Redmond and Home Rule.
We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your weekly favourites. And don’t miss next week’s spooky Hallowe’en Special, with plenty of things that go bump in the night to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Chat to you then. Take care,
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own
Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – The Streets of New York I was eighteen years old, when I went down to Dublin, with a fist full of money and a cartload of dreams, Take your time said me father,
stop rushing like hell, and remember all is not what it seems to be, For there’s fellas would cut ye
for the coat on yer back, or the watch that ye got from yer mother, So take care me young buck-o and mind yourself well, and will ye give this wee note to me brother..