Before Dublin’s Feminist Walking Tour on Sunday (see dfallon’s post above for more information), why not head down to the Spire at midday to hear Eamonn Campbell and others sing in honour of ‘Mad Mary’, the beloved Dublin street character who danced on O’Connell Street from the late 1970s to 2002. Due to a deteriorating eyesight Mary has had to hang up her dancing shoes and move back into her family home.
A facebook page called ‘WHO REMEMBERS THE WOMAN THAT DANCED ON O CONNELL ST BESIDE THE ANNA LIVIA’ has already attracted over 14,000 fans. The growth of the page and the flood of comments wishing her well has also prompted articles in the Irish Daily Mail and The Star in recent days. Though she might have been known for her conservative catholic views, no one can deny her importance in the social history of the capital.