Thursday 20 July 2017

One of our Own

Con Houlihan
Con Houlihan

Con Houlihan

Sometimes I wonder if William Yeats ever read Ireland's Own.

I don't think he did, otherwise he wouldn't have said "Romantic Ireland's dead and gone". The survival of that magazine is a romantic story in itself -- and in every number you will find tales of men and women in the thralls of love.

When first I came to be aware of Ireland's Own, its attraction for me was the first page -- it was made up completely of jokes. Those jokes were all prize winners: the overall winner got five shillings; the rest got half-a-crown.

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