Contributor Biographies

Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny is an experienced journalist, author and broadcaster. She has written for over 30 newspapers and magazines over the course of her career. Her books include Germany CallingLord Haw-HawCrown and Shamrock: Love and Hate between Ireland and the British Monarchy and Goodbye to Catholic Ireland, a social history of Ireland over the lifetime of her parents.

Her play Allegiance, about Winston Churchill's private meeting with Michael Collins in 1921, was performed at Edinburgh and toured in Ireland. Mary wrote a selective memoir in 2013, Something of Myself – and Others, which included a long autobiographical essay about being a carer for her husband, Richard West, after he suffered from a stroke. A Day at a Time, is a collection of reflections, published in December 2016. Mary writes a column for the Irish Independent Magazine each Saturday on a wide range of issues – personal, historical and culture. Her latest book is Am I a Feminist?. Her most recent work is a monologue based on the prison letters of Constance Markievicz, "Dearest Old Darling", which was performed by Jeananne Crowley at the Clifden Arts Festival, at the Little Museum of Dublin, the Irish Embassy in London and at the Irish Cultural Centre London. The script was published as a programme, with essays on Constance as a feminist as "Dearest Old Darling".

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