Among the contributors in this, the 123rd year of the Holly Bough, are author Kevin Barry, broadcasters John Creedon and George Hook, journalist Eoghan Harris, and politicians Maírín Quill and Micheál Martin – who took time out of his hectic schedule as Taoiseach to write a personal message for readers. Find out about the Cork cop in Chicago who saved Al Capone’s life – and the mobster repaid the favour. And did you know there were no less than 100 air raid shelters in Cork city during World, War II?
This year, we also commemorate the centenary events of 1920 and 1921 in Cork, and there is a special five-page tribute to Christy Ring, born 100 years ago during another era of turbulence. Now, like then, Cork and Irish people will persevere and prevail.
Happy reading, and all the best for 2021.