Maeve Binchy (1940-2012)

1940: Maeve was born in 1940 in nearby Glenageary. The family moved to live in Dalkey when she was twelve. Her full timeline is at Chronology.

Maeve and Gordon were very supportive of the setting up of the Heritage Centre and over the years sent many visiting guests to us.

We staged her play ‘Deeply Regretted By’ here in the Heritage Centre shortly before her death. The play was based on her Irish Times story ‘Death in Kilburn’.

Her short stories feature in our ‘Discover Dalkey’s  Literary Gems’ shows  and  in ‘On Yer Bike with Dalkey Writers’.

Shay Linehan adapted Maeve’s novel ‘Minding Frankie’ which had its premiere at Dalkey Castle in 2013. The story has all the warmth, compassion and humour that we associate with Maeve’s work.

In 2015, Shay adapted Maeve’s ‘Aches and Pains’ (with illustrations by Wendy Shea) into a one hour stage play. This adaptation has played to full houses here in Dalkey Castle on numerous occasions. The Dalkey production will also be staged in the 25th ASPECTS Literary Festival in Bangor Co Down in September 2016.

Our Maeve Binchy and Famous Irish Writers’ walks can be booked for groups.

See Guided Walks

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