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In this week’s cover story ‘Cats – Literally!’ we highlight cats that have featured in many books, comics, films and television down through the years. Francis K. Beirne is the man who takes a look at some of the best-loved fictional felines.
The priest, author and advocate of Home Rule, Dean Richard ‘Baptist’ O’Brien, is profiled by Sheila O’Kelly. In part 42 of ‘The Ballad Sheet’ series, Eugene Dunphy explores the origins of a tender-hearted ballad, ‘Teddy O’Neill’.
Con McGrath continues his ‘Role of the Irish in WW2’ series, this week focusing on Lawrence Flynn, one of the six ‘Fighting Flynns’ of Brockton City, Massachusetts. In ‘The Magic of the Musicals’, Liam Nolan charts the stories of the world’s most loved musicals. No. 4 on Liam’s list is ‘Kiss Me, Kate’.
In his entertaining piece, ‘Food for Thought’, Gerry Moran takes a light-hearted look at some of our gastronomic experiences, while in ‘A Crime that Shook Castletownroche’, Michael Dwyer tells how desperation to marry his wealthy neighbour’s pretty daughter drove William Sheehan to commit three murders in October 1887.
In ‘The Crane, Symbol of Hope’, Helen Morgan writes how in Japan, majestic birds are reputed to be the bringers of good luck and are symbols of longevity, fidelity and happiness.
Our original short story is ‘What He Wanted’, by Patsy Collins and Francis Murphy, the temperance crusader from Co. Wexford, is profiled by Nicky Rossiter.
In ‘The Witness Statements’, the Deise join the Independence Struggle. Eamonn Duggan concludes a three-part series on the role played by the men and women of County Waterford in the fight for Independence.
We have all this for you to enjoy alongside regular favourites such as Cassidy Says, Dan Conway’s Corner, Marjorie’s Kitchen, Pete’s Pets, Catch the Criminal, jokes, songs, puzzles, pen pals and much more. Enjoy the latest issue and I will look forward to talking to you all again next week.
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own