Hello, and welcome to this week’s issue of Ireland’s Own where Tom McParland delivers part two of his special feature on disaster films in Hollywood. The 1970s was the decade for disaster movies, with blockbusters like The Towering Inferno raking it in at the box office, he writes.
In his Role of the Irish in WW2 series, Con McGrath tells the story of Corkman Dermot O’Neill, the fabled hand-to-hand combat instructor for the joint Canadian-US commando unit knowns as the ‘Devil’s Brigade’. John Corbett presents a selection of memories associated with August in the countryside. The National Museum of Ireland building on Dublin’s Kildare Street boasts spectacular architecture and an eventful history, writes Jim Rees.
Joe Collins remembers the Tipperary-born Columban priest, Mons. Thomas Quinlan, and the 38th Parallel, and the terrible suffering he endured in the Korean conflict. We also remember Roger Bresnahan – ‘The Duke of Tralee’. Inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1945, Bresnahan was one of the most famous Irish-American sportsmen of the 20th century.
Paula Redmond recalls the extraordinary generosity of the Choctaw nation towards the Irish people during the Great Famine of 1847 and in his Ireland in 1916 Series, Eamonn Duggan concludes his focus on the part played by women in the Easter Rising.
There is all this for you to enjoy alongside your weekly favourites including Cassidy Says, Dan Conway, Pete’s Pets, Pen Pals, Jokes, Songs, Puzzles and a new mystery for Miss Flanagan to investigate. Enjoy the read, and I look forward to chatting to you next week. .
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own
Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – My Wild Irish Rose If you listen I’ll sing you a sweet little song, Of a flower that’s now droped and dead, Yet dearer to me, yes than all of its mates, Though each holds aloft its proud head. Twas given to me by a girl that I know, Since we’ve met, faith I’ve known no repose. She is dearer by far than the world’s brightest star, And I call her my wild Irish Rose.