Hello and welcome to this week’s issue of Ireland’s Own.
In this week’s issue cover story, Éamon O Buadhacháin takes a look at how radio changed the Irish way of life in the 1930s. Éamon introduces his insightful new series in which he charts the evolution of Irish radio through the 1930s. The series will continue in our monthly special issues and annuals.
Jim Rees profiles John L Sullivan, the Boston Strongboy. Notre Dame, the Cathedral that became a warehouse is given a closer look by Margaret Smith, and in his Role of the Irish in WW2, Con McGrath tells the story of author Anita Leslie, who was an ambulance driver with the Free-French Army and received the Croix de Guerre.
John Corbett returns with February memories of life in the Irish countryside, while Aileen Atcheson has more gardening tips for those who like to have their garden looking beautiful in March.
In his piece, ‘Tolka Row and Orson Welles’, Seamus Kelly gives an insight into the play that launched Ireland’s first home-made ‘soap’. The book under review this month is The Street Lawyer by John Grisham.
Our original short story is ‘Maggie’s Dough’ by Maureen Brannigan, and Patricia Jenkins concludes her look at native Irish dog breeds with The Kerry Beagle.
In his Witness Statements series, Eamonn Duggan delves into submissions made to the Bureau of Military History. This week, Frank Thornton, who had an extraordinary life in Irish Republicanism.
We have all this for you enjoy alongside your weekly favourites including Cassidy, Dan Conway, Stranger Than Fiction, Pete’s Pets, songs, jokes, puzzles and much more. Have a nice week, enjoy your pancakes and trying to decide on sacrifices for the upcoming Lenten season, and I will look forward to chatting to you again next week.
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own
Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – Lots of Christmas favourites to sing along to as well as the best of Irish for the month of December.