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Editor's welcome

Editor Sean NolanHello, and welcome to this year’s Winning Writers Annual. We had a huge response to the 2015 competition, with over 500 entries, and we are delighted to publish the overall winners of the three sections in this year’s Annual. We also feature Star of the Sea author, Joseph O’Connor, who tells Thomas Myler about his love for writing, and imparts some advice for aspiring scribes. Also this week, Seán Ua Cearnaigh recalls Wolfe Tone’s ‘Forgotten Song’; Aideen Dunne gives some familial insight into the life of her grandfather, The O’Rahilly, who played such a prominent role in 1916; Seán Hall takes a look at the history of Dublin’s famous Synge Street school; Eric Hills profiles ten famous film directors with Irish roots and Seán Creedon shares memories of the Irish players who took part in FA Cup Finals down the years. We have all this for you to enjoy alongside the your monthly regulars including Cassidy, Dan Conway, Miss Flanagan, your monthly sports and health columns, jokes, songs, a €400 Word Puzzle and much more. On another special note, I would like to welcome back ‘Kitty The Hare’. We have been inundated with requests over the last while to resurrect the stories of Ireland’s famous travelling lady, and she is back with a story about The Haunted Quarry. I hope you enjoy the Annual, and I look forward to chatting to you all next week. Until then, mind yourselves. .

 Best wishes,

Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own

Inside this week's issue

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By Victor O'D. Power Thanks be to God, I’m with ye all again tonight, though I was between two minds about striking for the road...

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By Phil Murphy My monthly column is usually devoted to the stars and activities on the Irish music scene, specially the resurgent country and...

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Allen Foster tells the story of an amazing Irish-born dog who followed his master to The Front during WWI Prince was a very remarkable half...

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By Aideen Dunne My grandparents were Nancy and Michael Joseph O’Rahilly. I was very fortunate to have been adopted by their third son, Niall, and...

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Thomas Myler meets the 'Star of the Sea' author It seems only natural that Joseph O’Connor would become a writer, and a best-selling one at...

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By David Flynn Much of the seedier side of life had been held back from television audiences, until ‘Hill Street Blues’ premiered in early 1981....

Also this week

Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – Grace As we gather in the chapel here in old Kilmainham Jail, I think about these past few weeks, oh will they say we’ve failed? From our school days they have told us we must yearn for liberty, Yet all I want in this dark place is to have you here with me, Oh Grace just hold me in your arms and let this moment linger, They’ll take me out at dawn and I will die, With all my love I place this wedding ring upon your finger, There won’t be time to share our love for we must say goodbye Lots of great songs for you to sing along with every week in Ireland’s Own

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