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Dearest Old Darling
Dearest Old Darling – Written by Mary Kenny, Performed by Jeananne Crowley
Mary Kenny’s monologue, Dearest Old Darling, draws on the prison letters of Constance Markievicz, a renowned feminist, political activist, and central figure in the Easter Rising. Coming in the centenary year of her election as MP – the first woman in Britain and Ireland – it brings to life the woman as she was.
Constance spent five years of her life in prison – first jailed by the British administration, then by the Free State. The letters she wrote to her sister, Eva Gore-Booth, usually began with the endearment, ‘Dearest old darling’. Through them we experience her recollection of a dazzling social life in Dublin; her love of the arts, gardening, animals, and nature; her marriage to Count Casimir Dunin de Markievicz; her relationship with her daughter Maeve; and her devotion to her boy scouts, the Fianna.
Mary Kenny is an experienced journalist, author and broadcaster working in Ireland and England. She has written for over 30 newspapers and magazines over the course of her career. Jeananne Crowley is an acclaimed Irish actress and writer with wide experience in theatre, film and television.
Sponsored by Notre Dame Kylemore Abbey Global Center.
With thanks to Lisa Caulfield. Photo by Liz Mott.