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This week we are delighted to bring you our Autumn Special. Limerick actor Richard Harris would have celebrated his 90th birthday on October 1st, and Thomas Myler takes a look back on the life and career of the popular Munster man who became a Hollywood legend.
Michael Dwyer asks if Dubliner Peg Woffington was Ireland’s greatest ever actress. She was born on the Ormond Quay 300 years ago, and went on to entertain thousands of theatre-goers throughout her colourful career.
John Miles recalls the time a German U-boat sank a group of Greek sailors, before picking them up and dropping them off at Dingle. Dominic Price continues his series on lesser told stories of the War of Independence, this week featuring ‘Dinny Lacey and the Showdown at Thomastown’.
Noel Shine remembers a sort of homecoming in Ennis for boxing superstar Muhammad Ali, and Chris Hughes tells the story of Marlon Brando’s ill-fated film ‘Divine Rapture’ which started filming in Ballycotton, but was never completed.
Liam Nolan continues his ‘Stories Behind the Songs’ series, this week he takes a look at the classic ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’, while Anthony F. Hughes pays homage to ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ in his Classic Westerns Series.
Columnists Mary Kennedy, Michael Lyster and Maxi return, as do Miss Flanagan and Kitty the Hare, who shares the story of ‘The Buck Knife’. Cassidy and Dan Conway are in there too, with more words of wisdom.
Maolsheachlann O Ceallaigh visits the Blackhead Lighthouse in his Great Irish Lighthouses series, while Michael Fewer recalls the first British royal family visit to Ireland. Brian Whelahan is the focus of Aidan Grennan’s ‘GAA greats’, while Eddie Ryan remembers when UCD almost gave Premier League side Everton a mighty shock.
We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your regular favourites including songs, jokes, puzzles, €200 Word Maze, a €100 crossword competition, health advice with Alex Dobbs, Patrick O’Sullivan, Gerry Breen, Marjorie’s Kitchen and much more.
Enjoy the read, stay safe, and I will look forward to talking to you all again next week.
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own