The Abbess of Kildare - Colm Keane & Una O'Hagan publish their new book on much-loved Saint Brigid
Pioneering Irish Women Series - Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington
Remembering Sonny Murphy, who competed in the 1932 Summer Olympics
Islands of Ireland Series - Spike Island
More expert advice for caring for your animals, in Pete's Pets
Just A Memory - treasured memories of old Ireland
Editor's Welcome

Hello and welcome
to Ireland’s Own.

This week we have a very special treat as good friends of Ireland’s Own, Colm Keane & Una O’Hagan, return to tell us all about their new book on much-loved Irish saint, Brigid. They describe the life and legacy of one of Ireland’s best-loved patron saints. You will be astonished at the impact Brigid has had on our small island, and how she is remembered in placenames, and people’s names, far and wide across the land. 

In our Pioneering Irish Women series, Mary Angland looks at the life of Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, an ‘indomitable campaigner for Irish women’s suffrage’. The Islands of Ireland series also continues, this week David Mullen is transported to Ireland’s ‘Alcatraz’, Spike Island in Cork Harbour.

In part 25 of his Ballad Sheet series, Eugene Dunphy explores the origins of a soulful ballad, ‘The Lark in the Clear Air’, while in the ‘Role of the Irish in WW2’, Con McGrath tells the story of John ‘Jack’ Flood, the highly decorated US combat veteran, who had roots in Westmeath and Roscommon.

Michael ‘Sonny’ Murphy was an Irish middle-distance runner who competed in the men’s 3000 metres steeplechase at the 1932 Summer Olympics, writes Paddy Ryan. According to a number of sources, Little John came to Ireland with some of the ‘merry men’ following the death of their leader, Robin Hood, in 1188, writes Mary Moloney.

The book under review this month is ‘Life Sentences’ by Billy O’Callaghan, while our original short story is ‘The Early Bus’, by John Keogh. Dan Conway is writing about ‘The Killing Captain’, while the TV Classic Series under David Flynn’s microscope is ‘Marcus Welby M.D.’. 

John Macklin shares the chilling story of ‘A Night in a Haunted Mansion’, while resident vet, Pete, opines that ‘animal rights’ has become an extreme view.

Eamonn Duggan continues ‘The Witness Statements’, with part eight of a nine-part series on the role played by ‘the Squad’ in the struggle for Irish freedom as outlined to the Bureau of Military History.

We have all this for you to enjoy alongside your regular Ireland’s Own favourites including Cassidy Says, Marjorie’s Kitchen (this week she has a delicious recipe for grilled hake), jokes, songs, puzzles and much much more. And don’t forget it’s last call for our writing competition 2021 – if you’re not in, you can’t win!

Enjoy the reading, and I will look forward to talking to you all again next week, all being well.

                                                                                                         Best wishes,

Seán Nolan, Editor, Ireland’s Own

Inside this week's issue