One of our Own
Published 10/07/2008 | 07:00
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.