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 ’The Opinion’ Christmas Annual 2014

  • Jam-packed Annual with an extensive and diverse range of stories and features
  • Meet well known personalities, read very interesting features and dig deep into our past as we go down Memory Lane.
  • Ireland’s all-time favourite broadcaster Gay Byrne shares his earliest memories of Christmas
  • Johnny Carroll – the Man with the Golden Trumpet remembers the Christmas that his dad bought him an instrument with which he would become associated for life
  • Noreen Minihan  – the lady who has played a role in nearly every organisation in Clonakilty
  • Queen of Theatre, Eileen Nolan, long associated with the Monforts, the Opera House and the Sacred Heart musicals.
  • Magnificent Mamukko Bags in Kinsale, made from the sails of the sunken tall ship Astrid
  • Wendy Tisdall recalls some of the most unusual rafts in the Kinsale Raft Race in years gone by.
  • The Ford Car and its association with West Cork especially the town of Bandon
  • Meet John O’Dea, the personable driver for former Taoiseach Jack Lynch for 33 years. Indeed we bring you a number of interesting tales about the ‘Real Taoiseach’
  • Paddy O’Sullivan, well known Marine Historian, recounts how Queenstown (Cobh) assumed the appearance of a town of the dead in the aftermath of the Lusitania sinking
  • The editor has always been an avid collector of old postcards and he shares some of his collection with the readers this Christmas and salutes John Hinde for his contribution to the iconic postcard.
  • Percy Ryan, Fr Pat Hickey and a most unique historic timeline on the grounds of Timoleague Church
  • Billy Good, on this the centenary year of the start of World War l, tells us about the unveiling of the war memorial in South Mall in Cork back in 1925.
  • Read about Nano Nagle, the foundress of the Presentation Order of Nuns.
  • Mary Rose McCarthy in Sierra Leone
  • Colette Olney looks at books available for Christmas and New Year
  • Storms that ravaged the country earlier this year, Cape Clear Island and some of the harshest weather events to affect Ireland over the last 100 years.
  • Martin Quirke’s favourite photographs of 2014
  • Hughie O’Donovan and Dan Coughlan – some memories
  • Competitions & €1,000 worth of prizes
  • Everyone should have an Opinion

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