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Mary Russell

RTE (the Irish state broadcaster) has broadcast a number of my documentaries, including:

  • The stars of death stood over us – about the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, this documentary included a contribution from Joseph Brodsky.
  • The ffrench Connection, about the fortunes of a big house in Ireland and a big house in Tsarist Russia.

The BBC broadcast my play about Margery Kempe, a woman who walked from England to Jerusalem in 1400.

The Blessings of a Good Thick Skirt, Please Don’t Call it Soviet Georgia, Journeys of a Lifetime, Survival South Atlantic (ed)

Newspapers and magazines
You can find my features work for The Irish Times and for other publications on my website.

What’s next?

I’m currently working on a travel book about Syria, due for publication autumn 2011.

How to contact Mary

Website www.maryrussell.info
Email scribea1@hotmail.com
Twitter twitter.com/#!/maryrussell1
LinkedIn linkedin.com/pub/mary-russell/16/589/415

2 responses to “About

  1. Marie McKenna

    Mary, I’ve just come across your piece mentioning Granby Row. My great great grandmother, Bridget Hegarty had a green grocers shop there c.1911. I was wondering if you had any other information regarding this street at that time or indeed photographs. My grandmother told me of her disgust at the revels of 1916 as she couldn’t get supplies for her shop. I’m trying to find more information about her and her family.
    Thanking you,
    Marie McKenna

    • Hi Marie. I wrote that post quite some time back as Dublin’s central library will be relocated to very near Granby Row and I’d wanted to record some of the story in case any of the houses were to be pulled down. Now I don’t think they are which is good news.
      You could google Matt Talbot (1856-1925) as there was something written about him which gave a good idea of what life was like in the area. He collapsed and died in a street near Granby Row. There was a also a very good TV doc made about him in 1963, I think, by two priests, who had a series called Radharc..
      My sister ( now dead) was married to an Orpen and his father, Charles Orpen, ran the post office in Granby Row ( in the 1950s so there may be something in the archives of An Post which might help. The 1911 census is a good place to turn to. That’s all I can help you with right now but I do recall that reading about M Talbot and his life gave a good snapshot of the area. I’d say you could also try Dublin City Archivist’s office and she is based, I think, in Pearse Street library where they are very helpful.
      Good luck and let me know how you get on…

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