This is a School of HAPP/Athena SWAN event for International Women’s Day, 2020.
Irish journalist and broadcaster Mary Kenny worked as a reporter, feature writer and European Correspondent on the London Evening Standard from 1966-69. She was Woman’s Editor, at the Irish Press, Dublin from 1969-71 and a freelance writer and columnist thereafter with the Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Times, and many other newspapers and weeklies. She has been a panellist on Question Time and Any Questions and The Late Late Show (Dublin), as well as a presenter and contributor to radio and TV documentaries. She is a founder member Irish Women’s Liberation Movement in 1970. In 2010-12 she was Master of The Keys in the Guild of Catholic Writers.
Mary’s books include the hugely influential Goodbye to Catholic Ireland: a social history published in 1997; Death by Heroin, Recovery by Hope: A Family Tragedy (2001); Germany Calling – a Personal Biography of William Joyce, Lord Haw-Haw (2003), reprinted 2004. Crown & Shamrock – Love and Hate between Ireland and the British Monarchy (2009); Something of Myself and Others (2013); A Day at a Time – a book of thoughts and reflections (2016) and Am I a Feminist? Are You? (2019). Also a playwright, Mary’s works include, ‘Allegiance: Winston Churchill and Michael Collins 1921-2’ performed in Edinburgh in 2006 with Mel Smith and Michael Fassbender; ‘A State of Emergency’ – a drama set in neutral Ireland, published in Dublin in 2010; ‘In the Light of Eva’s Shadow’, on RTE Radio May 2017; ‘Dearest Old Darling’ – a chamber piece drawn on the prison letters of Constance Markievicz (2018-2019), performed in Ireland and England, with Jeananne Crowley.
Mary is currently working on a new book called ‘Why Ireland Was Catholic’, exploring culture, folklore, society and values in an Ireland that is now disappearing. She continues to as a work as a journalist.