Hello and welcome
to this week’s issue of Ireland’s Own.
In this week’s cover story Eamon O Buadhacháin and Nicky Rossiter recall The Eucharistic Congress of 1932. It is hard to imagine in 2022 how much the Eucharistic Congress ninety years ago in 1932 would have meant to Ireland and indeed the Catholic world in a time when religion was so much more a part of everyday life, they write.
In his piece “La Touche Bridge and Portobello Harbour”, Harry Warren traces the history of one of Dublin’s most aesthetically pleasing bridges, La Touche bridge on the Grand Canal. Liam Nolan continues to chart the stories of the world’s best-loved musicals, this week featuring “The Music Man”.
Sixty years ago, some four months before the world teetered on the brink of nuclear disaster during the ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’, Ireland took delivery of its first batch of emergency fire engines with which the Auxiliary Fire Service branch of the Civil Defence was to be equipped. Although, thankfully, never used for their intended purpose, they proved their worth, time and again, at major peace-time fires and emergencies as Pat Poland recalls.
Con McGrath continues his Role of the Irish in WW2 series, this week featuring Leitrim man Rev. John Philip Duggan, heroic Chaplain, who rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the US Air Force.
‘Little Louis, Queen of the Trumpet’. W. C. Handy, the ‘Father of the Blues’, gave Valaida Snow the nickname ‘Queen of the Trumpet’. Her other nickname, ‘Little Louis’, was given to her by the great Louis Armstrong, writes Liam Nolan.
This week’s original short story is “Sweet Pea & Grumpy Jack”, by Paula Williams, while Scarface is this week’s chosen classic film. Marjorie is cooking Crispy Paprika Chicken, while Paul Swift continues his series on Irish Rivers.
Eamonn Duggan writes about “The Civil War: Conflict on the Streets of Dublin.” The ‘Battle of Dublin’ was a week of street battles from 28 June to 5 July, 1922, that marked the beginning of the Irish Civil War. The fighting began with an assault by anti-Treaty forces on the Four Courts and ended in a victory for the Provisional Government, writes Eamonn.
Chris Hughes pays tribute to Pat O’Brien, “Hollywood’s Irishman in Residence”, while Liam Gaul brings us more Tales From the Opera. David Flynn’s Classic TV Favourite is “Hogan’s Heroes”.
We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your regular favourites including Cassidy Says, Dan Conway, gardening advice, songs, jokes, puzzles, pen pals and much more. I hope you enjoy this week’s issue and I will look forward to talking to you all again next week, all being well.
Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own