Posts Tagged ‘Wild Irish Women’

Wild Irish Women:
Chicago May

“How hard Ireland was on the women who could not fit in – the wild ones, the ones who had to get out, seeming emigrants but actual exiles.” – Nuala O’Faolain ℘℘℘ Chicago May wasn’t from Chicago and, in fact, spent little time there, but the name somehow suited her. May Duignan was born inRead more..

Wild Irish Women:

A Most Sorrowful Mystery

Oh! star of Erin, queen of tears, Black clouds have beset thy birth, And your people die like morning stars, That your light may grace the earth. – “Stars of Freedom,” 1981 By IRA volunteer Bobby Sands, M.P. H-Block, Long Kesh Prison Camp ℘℘℘ Watching Bobby Sands die in 1981, much of the world realized,Read more..

Wild Irish Women:
Isadora Duncan

An American pioneer of dance and an important figure in both the arts and history, Isadora Duncan was known as the “Mother of Modern Dance.” ℘℘℘ “Sans Limites” Oh, body swayed to music, Oh, brightening glance. How can we know the dancer from the dance?” – William Butler Yeats, “Among School Children”   “She wasRead more..

Wild Irish Women:
Louise Mohan Bryant

It took a movie, 1981’s Reds, to both lift Louise Bryant from obscurity and reduce her to the sniveling acolyte of American communist John Reed, Annie Hall in a babushka. Wrong. For all her (many) faults, Louise Bryant was always her own woman – a fearless journalist, activist, suffragette, and talented writer. She was alsoRead more..

Wild Irish Women: Dr. James Barry

The famous British Army surgeon was actually an Irish woman. ℘℘℘ Dr. James Barry was born in County Cork as Margaret Anne Bulkley, the daughter of Jeremiah and Mary-Ann (neé Barry). Accounts vary on the year of her birth but whether it was 1789 or 1795, women were denied a formal education. Her father wasRead more..

Wild Irish Women:
Touched by Fire

Sinéad rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. She will release a new album under a new name, Magda Davitt, in 2019. In between she has battled mental illness and controversy – she was one of the first to speak out about the abuses by theRead more..

Wild Irish Women:
Deirdre O’Connell’s Fanatic Heart

The Bronx girl who changed the face of Irish theater. ℘℘℘ An enigma and a shapeshifter, she changed her first name each time her life entered a new incarnation. Baptized Eleanor, she was Ellie as a child, a little beauty with a bounty of red-gold hair. Her gifts – singing, dancing, and especially acting – were supported byRead more..

Wild Irish Women:
“Hello, Suckers!”

Singer, showgirl, and queen of the speakeasy during Prohibition, Mary Guinan was a genuine Irish American wild woman. Larger (and louder) than life, she had an even bigger heart.  ℘℘℘ During the wild and jazzy New York of the 1920s, Texas Guinan was the wildest and jazziest dame in town. Born Mary Louise Cecilia GuinanRead more..

Wild Irish Women:
Saint Brigid – Mary of the Gaels

A nun, abbess, and founder of several monasteries, Brigid of Kildare was a woman who defied authority, possessed great strength of will and determination, and whose cheerful giving of food and shelter to any passing traveler laid the foundation for Ireland’s legendary hospitality.  ℘℘℘ Saints are everywhere, like enzymes, gravity, or the CIA – invisible,Read more..

Wild Irish Women:
Rita Hayworth, the Ravishing and Ravished Redhead

The tragic star who burned too bright but always gave the loveliest light.  ℘℘℘ Her mother, the improbably named Volga, was an ex-Ziegfeld Girl, born to a printer, Allynn Hayworth, and his wife, Maggie O’Hare, the daughter of Patrick and Bridget O’Hare, immigrants from Ireland. Her father, Eduardo Cansino, as black-hearted a villain as everRead more..