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International Women's Day 2020

"Do feminists react against their mothers? Three lives examined.”

School of HAPP

The School of HAPP are delighted to welcome Irish Journalist and broadcaster, Mary Kenny to the University as the guest speaker for this event.

About Mary Kenny:

Mary 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.


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