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Editor's welcome

Editor Sean Nolan

Hello, and welcome to another issue of Ireland’s Own. As I write, the sun has finally found its way from behind the clouds here in Wexford, and, with fingers crossed, I hope we get a long break from the storms that have battered our shores over the last few months. Oscar season is upon us and with such a great Irish interest in what is happening in Hollywood, Gerry Breen has taken a look back at the Irish stars of the silver screen in this week’s issue. Margaret Smith tells the story of ‘Marrianne of Molokai’, the German-born nun who dedicated her life to the ministry of lepers in Hawaii. John Corbett has another selection of happenings and events associated with the month of February in the countryside. Gemma Grant tells the extraordinary story of the secret life of Elizabeth Leseur – the housewife destined for sainthood. This week’s classic TV series is ‘The Waltons’. Read about the story of a 1930s USA rural family that still brings a smile to many Irish people, almost 45 years since it first began. In his 1916 Series, Eamonn Duggan profiles Major John McBride. Alongside all these interesting articles, we have your weekly favourites including Dan Conway, Cassidy, Pete’s Pets, a new short story, jokes, puzzles, pen pals and much more. I hope you enjoy the read and I will talk to you next week, all being well.

 Best wishes,

Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own


Inside this week's issue

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Irish people have played a leading role in the history of the cinema and some of the greatest stars of the silver screen came...

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By Terri O'Mahony (Issue 5536) She was invisible. Two pink-coated ladies stood at the wash basins, blonde headed, long pink-varnished nails, deep in intimate conversation....

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By John Macklin Joan Ridley was a small freckle-faced girl with a weakness for chocolate bars and the ‘Kung Fu’ TV series. In the summer...

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By Margaret Smith Maria Anna Barbara Koop (later changed to Cope) certainly had a nomadic life. Born in 1838 in Heppenheim, Germany, she was living...

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By Eddie Ryan The Heineken Cup was launched in the summer of 1995. In the same year Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) made the bold...

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From agony aunt to best-selling author, Cathy Kelly’s love of books from an early age ensured that writing in one form or another was...

Also this week

Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – The Gypsy So you think that your in love with me Would you list to what I say, You’re too young to come with me girl, I must be on my way So stop your silly crying now, Can’t you plainly see, I’m a gypsy rover love, And you can’t come with me Go home girl go on home can’t you see, I’m a gypsy rover love, And you can’t come with with me You met me at the carnival, When your Ma was not with you,  You like me long brown ringlets And me handerchief of blue, And though I’m very fond of you, And you asked me home to tea Sure I’m a gypsy rover love, And you can’t come with me Lots of great songs for you to sing along with every week in Ireland’s Own

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