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Editor Sean NolanHello and welcome to another issue of Ireland’s Own. it is our great pleasure to feature Country & Irish star, Brendan Shine, who is celebrating 50 years on the road. He tells us about the great life he has enjoyed on the music circuit. With the summer sunshine truly upon us over the past few days, our gardening expert, Aileen Atcheson, has some gardening tips to make your garden all the more beautiful for the month of June. Eleven men died in the construction of the Tuskar Rock Lighthouse, but thanks to them countless lives have been saved by its presence in the last two hundred years, writes Jim Rees, while Ray Cleere profiles the ‘Workers Saint’, Matt Talbot, who died 90 years ago this month. We have all your regular favourites in there, as well as a very enjoyable new short story by Wyn Cave. Also, Lily Murphy tells the interesting story behind the popular song, ‘Whiskey On A Sunday’. Enjoy the read, and the sunshine, and all being well I’ll talk to you next week, when our summer special hits the shelves.

Best wishes,

Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own

 

Inside this week's issue

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By Helen Hunt Amaryllis Anderson had a problem. It wasn’t just that her job as a data entry clerk was boring, although it was. It...

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By Anne Marie Kennedy When we bought our home in Louisville, Colorado, my mother sent us a housewarming gift - a Céad Míle Fáilte sign,...

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Ireland's Own had the privilege, and pleasure, of featuring the late Bill O'Herlihy as our cover story back in November 2012. We were saddened...

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A common reason for pet-keeping, which goes right back to our Stone Age days, is that an animal can offer valuable protection against intruders...

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By Lily Murphy ‘Whiskey on a Sunday’ has been a popular song in the Irish folk scene for many years but it has no connection...

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As the Eurovision Song Contest celebrates its 60th birthday, Eanna Ó Murchú looks back on Ireland’s 50-year adventure in the annual continental songwriting showdown There...

Also this week

Sing along with your favourite Irish songs – Noreen Bawn. Theres a spot in old Tir Conaell, there’s a wee house in the glen, Where dwelt an fairest colleen,who charmed the hearts of men, She was winsome hale and hearty, shy and graceful as the dawn, Neighbours loved that widow’s daughter, happy laughing Noreen Bawn. For more see this week’s Ireland’s Own
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