Hello and welcome to this week’s issue of Ireland’s Own. Our cover story features one of the jewels in Westmeath’s crown, the town of Athlone. Nestling on the Shannon and close to Lough Ree, the town and surrounding area is steeped in a history which has been appreciated by locals for centuries, but has been growing in popularity with tourists in recent times. David Flynn tells us more.
Denis Fahy recalls an official visit by the newly installed president of Indonesia, Sukarno, to Ireland in 1961, which was the shortest official visit to this country by any foreign leader, while Rebecca Holmes makes a nostalgic visit to Clifden Castle in Connemara.
Eileen Casey recalls her visit to Circus Corvinni, one of the oldest in Ireland and in his Role of the Irish in WW2 series, Con McGrath tells the story of John. F. Lonergan, of Chicago – a Citizen Soldier.
Peter Smith profiles the famous French aviator, Roland Garros, who is often mistaken for a tennis champion and we also bring you more tips and hints from our gardening expert, Aileen Atcheson.
Ray Cleere recalls the friar, priest, stigmatist and mystic, St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, who was born 130 years ago, and is a now venerated as a saint of the Catholic church. In his Wildwood Legacy article, Martyn Baguley continues his examination of our native woodland. This week the focus is on the Field Maple.
Collette Bonnar reviews a new book which tells the history of the Old Courthouse in Lifford, Co. Donegal, and in the second of a three-part feature, Eamonn Duggan examines the statement made to the Bureau of Military History by Monsignor Michael Curran, Secretary to the Archbishop of Dublin during the Easter Rebellion.
We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your weekly favourites such as Cassidy Says, Catch The Criminal, Stranger Than Fiction, jokes, puzzles, songs, Pete’s Pets and much more. Enjoy the read, look after yourself, and I’ll look forward to catching up with you next week.
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own
Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – Four Green Fields “What did I have?” said the fine old woman, “What did I have?” this proud old woman did say, “I had four green fields, each one was a jewel
But strangers came and tried to take them from me, I had fine strong sons, they fought to save my jewels
They fought and died, and that was my grief” said she, “Long time ago” said the fine old woman
“Long time ago” this proud old woman did say, “There was war and death, plundering and pillage
My children starved by mountain valley and sea, And their wailing cries, they shook the very heavens
My four green fields ran red with their blood” said she…Lots of great songs for you to sing along with every week in Ireland’s Own