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Anyone remember the Irish Digest?

katlaughing 31 Dec 07 - 12:18 PM
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Subject: BS: Anyone remember the Irish Digest?
From: katlaughing
Date: 31 Dec 07 - 12:18 PM

I have started to sort through my books and came upon an old magazine from February 1966 called The Irish Digest. It seems to be a kind of Irish Readers' Digest with articles taken from other publications and humourous bits at the end of almost every page. It's got some very interesting articles, some of them quite dated, of course. Here are a couple of snippets of the "funnies":

The four drinks: the drink for thirst, the drink for fear of thirst, the drink without thirst, and the drink to cure drink.

I thought LtS would like this one:

Income-tax Inspector: "Sorry, Mr. Murphy, I can't pass this expense account. But would you consider selling the fiction rights?"

Here is the table of contents:

Every Fourth Irishman is not a Catholic - Xavier Carty
We marry too little and too late - Beda Herbert
There'll be only one Arkle - Derek Malcolm
How to date a woman - Peg Bracken
Face to Face with the Taoiseach - Brother Paul, S. V.D.
Can you save Pisa's Leaning Tower? - Colin Hart
Val Doonican will not let money blind him - no author listed, other small "personality capsules" also included
There's never a dull Guiness! - Sean Bryson
The kiss that could cause a Cosmic Explosion - G.R. Lamb
In defence of the cliche - Ralph L. Woods
My final medical - Cyril Daly
Landladies I have met - Michael O'Toole
What the Fortune Teller told me - Eamon Cassidy
Beyond the Breakers - Anthony Pearson
I walk these roads a stranger - Theodore Thomas McDonald
He was Radio Eirran's most fascinating personality - Lochlinn McGlynn (Speaking of John MacDonagh)
Cows are such a fascinating study - R.D. Lee
I'm glad I don't smoke - Tom Hennigan
Concentrate -- and live a fuller life - Family Doctor
The lady from Luttrellstown - Madeline O'Neill
Our fairies emigrated from here? - No author listed
That wily conger took some catching - G.V. Kuss
A moon like green cheese - Denis Ireland
Today's poacher deserves no pity! - Timothy Cronin
Gateway to Heaven - Richard J. MacCullagh
From Bantry Bay to Derry Quay - W. R. Rodgers
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From that same page:

"The Irish Digest brings you every month a concise and vivid cross-section of Irish life and thought. To ensure that you receive your copy regularly, why not become a subscriber? One year, 33s; two years, 60s., post free. Hand your subscription to your newsagent or post to Irish Digest, 43, Parkgate St., Dublin, 8, Ireland."

Some of the ads are really fun, too. Inside the front cover, full-page ad for Alitalia flying to East Africa says, in part:

"East Africa by Super DC0* jet with speed and comfort. The winged arrow jet services depart every Tuesday and Saturday from Rome at 23.20 hrs. arriving Nairobi in under 7 1/2 hours flying time." (all in CAPS)

C.J. Fallon wanted American readers to note that "facsimile copies" of the Proclamation of 1916 were available in two sized.

If there is interest, I can scan some of these in and put them online for reading. I'd like to say I can transcribe them, but it would take a lot more time. I'd like to share them, regardless, as some are quite interesting and fun.

Thanks for letting me share!

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone remember the Irish Digest?
From: MartinRyan
Date: 31 Dec 07 - 12:43 PM

I have a vague memory of this magazine in the 1950's. A quick Google suggests it was published 1938 to 1970's.

Here's a musical connectgion!

Regards


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone remember the Irish Digest?
From: MartinRyan
Date: 31 Dec 07 - 12:45 PM

BTW, clicking on that picture brings up the original article.

Regards


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone remember the Irish Digest?
From: katlaughing
Date: 31 Dec 07 - 12:59 PM

That's great, Martin, thanks! There is also a link to a youtube video of her singing. (Maybe I should move this to the music section?)


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone remember the Irish Digest?
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Jan 08 - 07:31 AM

I remember that the Irish Digest existed but my only actual memory of its contents was the comment: "Nothing makes a child worse behaved than belonging to a neighbor." Strange that I should remember that for almost 50 years!


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Subject: RE: BS: Anyone remember the Irish Digest?
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 01 Jan 08 - 04:54 PM

I once saw a copy of the English Digest. I remember it cost a shilling, as opposed to the Readers Digest which cost about half a crown.


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember the Irish Digest?
From: Big Mick
Date: 01 Jan 08 - 07:36 PM

Kat, I love that you found this. Just reading the Table of Contents tickled me. It has been years since I heard of this publication, haven't seen one in just as many years.

Martin, could any man not fall in love with Mary O'Hara? Just the photo of her as a lass of 19 is enough, but when one hears that voice, ...... it is over at that moment.

Thanks for the memories, kat. I can't tell you much more than what is here already, but I appreciate just seeing this thread.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember the Irish Digest?
From: katlaughing
Date: 02 Jan 08 - 12:41 AM

That's great, Mick, thanks! I love sparking memories. You all have such great stories to tell when that happens.

Thanks, again, folks,

kat


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember the Irish Digest?
From: GUEST,AntMac
Date: 20 Jan 18 - 12:56 AM

Hi there, I'm researching the author Anthony Pearson, who's article Beyond the Breakers appears in this issue. If there was any way to get a scan of this I'd very much appreciate it.
Regards.
Anthony McNamara.


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Subject: RE: Anyone remember the Irish Digest?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Jan 18 - 03:04 AM

Hi Anthony,

katlaughing, who owned the magazine issue and described it above, died a few years ago. It's unlikely that we could get her copy. Maybe somebody else can find a copy for you. We have good researchers here. Keep checking this thread over the next few days.
Joe


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