Editor's Welcome

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

We catch up with an old friend of Ireland’s Own in this week’s cover story, ‘The Man with the Golden Trumpet’. Johnny Carroll recently celebrated sixty-five years in showbusiness, having started playing in a local band whilst still a schoolboy. Here he talks about his amazing career to Henry Wymbs.

Ray Cleere remembers the iconic Patsy Cline, who died in a plane crash 60 years ago, while Henry O’Neill was a famous Irish artist but he died in poverty and was buried in an unmarked grave in Glasnevin Cemetery, writes John Williams.

In her ‘Ireland’s Myths And Legends’ series Gemma Grant tells the story of the ‘Adventures of Art and The Rescue of Delbchaem’. Con McGrath returns with more interesting material in his ‘Role of the Irish in WW2’ series. Irish-Australian General Ned Herring was a key man in the defence of Australia, writes Con.

In ‘Waiting for Godot Today’, 70 years on from its initial mixed reception of heckles, boos and cat-calls, Waiting for Godot is the most frequently performed 20th century play throughout the world, writes Evan Raftery. John Gubbins, Limerick’s leading horseowner of the 19th century is profiled by Cian Manning.

Our original short story is ‘Happy Rooms and Happy Days’, by Josephine Brett.

In our series on ‘The Civil War’ we feature ‘Liam Deasy – Pragmatist or Traitor’? Having been arrested near Cahir, Co. Tipperary, and sentenced to death, Liam Deasy, the IRA Deputy Chief of Staff, put his name to a document calling for an immediate ceasefire, convinced that further bloodshed was futile, writes Eamonn Duggan.

We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your regular favourites such as Cassidy Says, Dan Conway’s Corner, Pete’s Pets, Marjorie’s Kitchen, classic films and TV, memories of old Ireland, gardening advice, Owen’s Club for younger readers and much much more. Also, don’t forget that our Saint Patrick’s Day Annual remains on sale, if you haven’t yet picked up a copy.

I hope that you enjoy this week’s issue, and I will look forward to chatting to you all again next week. Until then, take care.

                                                                                                      Best wishes,

Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own

Inside this week's issue