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Editor's welcome

Editor Sean NolanHello and welcome to this week’s edition of Ireland’s Own. The harsher side of winter hit with a bang over the weekend and we certainly felt the drop in temperature around these parts – hopefully you are not too perished where you are. We have the perfect tonic to warm you up with this week’s feature on Seán O Sé, he of ‘An Poc ar Buile’ fame. Gerry Breen looks at a new book by Seán Ó which recounts the story of his extraordinary life and more than sixty years of singing all over the world. Also this week, Joe Lonergan tells the story of Victoria Cross recipient Lieutenant Colonel  Thomas Bernard Hackett  who survived numerous encounters in battle only to die of a firearms injury at home in County Tipperary. Douglas McPherson tells the story of Ireland’s most famous lion tamer, ‘Captain’ Bill Stephens, and recalls the time in 1951 when a lion escaped from a circus and terrorised the residents of Fairview, Co. Dublin. Also, it’s 25 years since Mary Robinson was inaugurated as President of  Ireland. Cathal Coyle marks the occasion. A vampire in Cavan? Shane Cochrane reports on a series of unexplained attacks on sheep from 1874 to the present day. And we remember the life of John Lennon who died 35 years ago. We have all this for you to enjoy plus your weekly favourites. Enjoy the read, stay warm and we’ll talk to you next week when our Christmas Annual hits the shelves – not to be missed! Chat soon.


 Best wishes,

Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own


Inside this week's issue

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Douglas McPherson tells the story of Ireland’s most famous lion tamer, ‘Captain’ Bill Stephens. It’s not often that a lion is spotted on the streets...

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Joe Lonergan outlines the story of an Irish-American family that had fifteen members serving the Union during the American Civil War There was ‘the tribe...

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When Roman Centurion, Florian, was accused of failing to enforce the emperor’s command to persecute Christians and was ordered to be burnt at the...

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One of Ireland’s most prestigious songwriters Phil Coulter tells Kay Doyle about his long career and early beginnings in Derry When you say the name...

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By Monica Martin It was November. Our kitchen glowed with  warmth from the old black range. Its surface shone from the liberal application of black...

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On a sunny afternoon last October, Ireland’s great playwright and author eighty-six year old Brian Friel was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery...

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Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – The Parting Glass Of all the money that e’er I had I spent it in good company, And all the harm I’ve ever done, Alas it was to none but me, And all I’ve done for want of wit To mem’ry now I can’t recall, So fill to me the parting glass, Good night and joy be to you all, So fill to me the parting glass, And drink a health whate’er befalls, And gently rise and softly call, Good night and joy be to you all. For more see this week’s Ireland’s Own
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