Video: Holly Bough editor is named Cork Person of the Month

Video: Holly Bough editor is named Cork Person of the Month

At the awards ceremony naming John Dolan as Cork Person of the Month were George Duggan, Cork Crystal; Michael Lynch, AV3 Media; Manus O’Callaghan, awards organiser; John Lehane, Lexus Cork; John Dolan; Ann-Marie O’Sullivan, AM O’Sullivan PR; and Pat Lemasney, Southern. Picture: Tony O’Connell

JOHN DOLAN, the editor of the annual Holly Bough newspaper, has been named January Cork Person of the Month.

The Holly Bough, published by the Evening Echo, a famous Cork tradition since 1897, tells the stories that delve into the memory banks of all Corkonians and is as much a part of Christmas as Santa and Christmas turkey.

Holly Bough cover artist for 1962 cover
Holly Bough cover artist for 1962 cover

John Dolan, assistant editor and features editor of the Evening Echo, said it was a great honour to take over as Editor of the Holly Bough back in 2002. “The Holly Bough, even though it has input from professional writers and historians, contains, in essence, stories that are written by ‘ordinary’ Cork people who have extraordinary stories to tell — it is written by the people for the people.” said John at the award presentation.

“Circulation of the Holly Bough has bucked all trends in print journalism by tripling its circulation and expanding its size from 60 pages to a 164-page full-colour publication. It is indeed a 122 year Cork institution that is part of all our lives in Cork and even follows us abroad when necessary,” said awards founder and organiser Manus O’Callaghan.

“There is a great tradition of sending the Holly Bough abroad to the Cork diaspora, and locals also bring it abroad on summer holidays for a selfie and then get their holiday snaps published in the Holly Bough at Christmas.”

Hollybough cover from 2004.
Hollybough cover from 2004.

John Dolan, born in Cheshire, now lives in Carrigadrohid near Macroom. He spent many years in print journalism in England, working on such newspapers as the Lancashire Evening Post and the London Metro. He moved to Cork in 2001, and with the backing of Evening Echo chief executive Dan Linehan and Echo editor Maurice Gubbins was appointed the editor of the Holly Bough a year later.

His name now goes forward, with the other Persons of the Month chosen this year, for possible selection as Cork Person of the Year at a gala awards lunch in January 2020.

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