Editor's Welcome

Hello and welcome
to this week’s issue of Ireland’s Own.

In this week’s cover story, Carina McNally takes us on a tour of the smallest of the Aran Islands and looks at a new book by photographer Mike O’Flanagan which offers a unique documentation of the island from the 1970s to the present day in photographic form.

Joyce Kilmer, the American poet who loved Ireland is remembered by Denis J. Hickey, while Con McGrath profiles Lt. Col. Chaplain John (Sean) White of Raharney, Killucan, Co. Westmeath, who was awarded the Bronze Star medal for “meritorious service in the South Pacific” in his Role of the Irish in World War II series. 

Just over 130 years ago, one of Ireland’s foremost scientists, Professor John Tyndall from Carlow, died, accidentally poisoned by his wife. Tyndall may have been a legend in his lifetime but one undertaking dear to his heart was not a success, as Pat Poland explains in ‘The Scientist and the FIreman’. Mary Wall recalls the all too short career (and life) of Karen Carpenter.

This week we begin an occasional series in which Francis K. Beirne takes a look back at the Showband scene and remembers some of the singers, songs and bands that defined that era. He begins by recalling some of the bands that had a colour in their name!

Harry Waren recently paid a visit to the ‘Kingship and Sacrifice’ exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland, which was established following the discovery of two Iron Age bog bodies at Oldcroghan, Co. Offaly and Cloneycavan, Co. Meath.

The GAA Year of 1972 is reviewed by Aidan Grennan, and in The Witness Statements Eamonn Duggan continues his article on Harry Colley, ‘An Extraordinary Life of Service to Ireland’ (part two). The Bank Vole is under the spotlight of Calvin Jones in this week’s Wildlife Series.

We have all this for you to enjoy alongside regular features Cassidy Says, Dan Conway’s Corner, Marjorie’s Kitchen, Just A Memory, Pete’s Pets, classic TV and films, songs, jokes, puzzles, rivers of Ireland, What’s In Your Name, Stranger Than Fiction, Catch the Criminal and much more.

I hope that you enjoy this week’s issue, and I will look forward to talking to you again next week.

Until then, take care.

Best wishes, Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own

Inside this week's issue