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message 1: by Mary (last edited Dec 22, 2012 04:30PM) (new)

Mary (roisin_dubh) | 2 comments Hello everyone,

I'm Mary McGirr and I just joined this group tonight! Nice to meet you all. :)

Here is a little bit about me: -

I'm a former English teacher who was born in Derry, Northern Ireland but I grew up somewhere close to Manchester, England as my family moved there when I was three years old. I taught English at my own former primary school and was surprised to learn that my husband - a former Math teacher turned professional Irish singer also from Derry, Northern Ireland - taught at the same school that I did, although he had left teaching by the time that I met him.

My husband and I met when my best friend and roommate at the time winkled me into going out to a local pub where there was nightly live Irish music. I was never much of a party girl, but if I hadn't gone out with my girlfriend that night, I would never have met my future husband! :)

We married about five years after that first meeting, had a lovely baby girl who was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland as my husband and I were staying there while my husband had a series of shows. We lived in Dublin until our daughter was about four years old and then moved to America when she was five and a half.

We initially settled in Warwick, Rhode Island, then decided to become restaurant owners in 1988 after my husband sang at an Irish restaurant that the owners were hoping to sell in Dennisport, Cape Cod. We bought the restaurant in 1988, and for the next seven years we spent summers running the restaurant on Cape Cod, and spent winters in Rhode Island. In December of 1991, partly because Mareena (my daughter) was entering high school and partly because we wanted to live in a settled place for her as she grew up, we moved to Albany, New York.

We now live in Albany, upstate New York (Loudonville) and have been hosting an Irish radio show called "Proud to be Irish" for twenty years. After my husband passed away in 2004, Mareena and I took over hosting the show in his memory, although Mareena had been involved in the radio show in some capacity since she was 13 years old.

Both my daughter and I are avid readers, teatotalers and are happily owned by three adorable rescue cats who have lived with us since July 4, 2011. Their names are Ruby, (so named for her reddish gold fur), Leila (so named because she has the exact same temperament as former female boxer Layla Ali) is slightly pugnacious, but our Leila turns into a marshmallow as soon as you show her a little loving and cuddling! :) We kept Lollipop's name because she and Leila look and act completely alike - they are both tortoiseshells whose mannerisms are so duplicated that it's eerie to watch them sometimes! :) Lollipop loves to lick - us, Leila or Ruby, or even her reflection in my bedroom mirror. Whenever she licks her reflection, we call it "Lolli's Daily Affirmations" - "I'm sweet enough, cute enough, smart enough and, doggonit, people like me!" :)


message 2: by Mary (new)

Mary (roisin_dubh) | 2 comments My favorite Irish author is probably Maeve Binchy - however I also have books by Julia O'Faolain and many Irish male authors on my bookshelf. I enjoy reading books about Irish history and Irish ghost stories, as well as Irish trivia.

I'm always looking for new to me authors in the mystery, horror or contemporary fiction genres, so I would be very grateful if anyone could point me in the direction of good books from time to time. Many thanks for all your help!


message 3: by Angus (new)

Angus | 2 comments Hello Mary, Glad to meet you, what an interesting intro. I see youve ended up in Albany, well of inspiration to one of my favourite authors William Kennedy (Ironweed, The Ink Truck etc. Anyway, welcome again and Happy New Year.


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