How Mary Murphy grew up as an Irish person in New York (Ep. 7)

Listen to Eoin of Bitesize Irish Gaelic speak with Mary Murphy, a singer, songwriter and author. Mary is based in Canada, but has strong roots back to Wexford in Ireland. Irish song, dance and storytelling has always been part of her life.

What you’ll hear

  • How it was like growing up in New York as an Irish person
  • Mary’s 6 weeks without being able to say a word
  • How traveling back to Ireland puts life in perspective

Who’s in this episode

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Mentioned in this episode

Mary’s Road to Lisdoonvarna

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Comments

  1. Murphsoli says:

    Loved the chat and smiled along listening. Mary, do you think you’ll be staying in Canada for good?

  2. mary murphy says:

    Hello and thank you for enjoying the interview! Eoin is so lovely is he not? Puts one instantly at ease. As far as remaining in Canada for good, well I have a bit of the Gypsy feet on me. I have learned in all my ‘wise’ years, that i never say i will ‘absolutely’ do anything! I think life hears us when we have absolutes, and says’ mmmm, o really? Well let me throw this in your path now and tell me you will never, or you will always.’ I am planning a return within the next year to year and a half. Losing a years worth of work due to illness has set me back on my usual yearly returns.
    I am planning on a few shows when I return though. Let me know if you would like to be kept informed on that.
    Beigh mé ag teacht abhaile ar ball! An bhfuil tú sa Éirinn?
    Mary – Máire

    • Eoin says:

      Cool, do keep us informed on your planned shows.

      Wise words – never say never.

      It was good fun talking to you. Enjoyed it!

  3. Ann Cartmell says:

    You were right. This is cumbersome but I finally found the right spot. I hope i managed 5 Stars.
    I enjoyed the PodCast very much. So interesting & entertaining.

    Mary, am I right that you performed at the music festival in Derry in early summer? I enjoyed it so much & thought I made notes on who did what but can’t find them. The performer I am thinking of had great original music & was from Canada. Though I’m confused as to when your illness happened. Anyway, I hope you are soon back to form.

    Another good one, Eoin! Slán go fóill.

  4. mary murphy says:

    Hi ya Ann, Sorry for the delay. Alas, it was not me you heard in Derry, though I wish it were!
    I will keep ‘people’ posted when I get home again…who knows, perhaps we can do a podcast of live music! Lovely to know people are listening to these excellent podcasts…can’t wait for the one we just recorded with me interviewing Eoin! Musical chairs.

  5. Margaret O' Connor Graham. says:

    Mary where in Wexford are you from.?????
    Margaret.

  6. mary murphy says:

    Hi ya Margaret,

    We lived in Wexford town, on lower John’s St. Just a Hop skip and a jump to the docks. Interestingly, my brother Rónán was at a party in Dublin several years ago and some people said they were going to drive to another party in Wexford Town. He said ‘Well, we used to live there. Where about’s is the party?” The friend said ‘Lower John’s St. Turns out it was the house where we lived !…very great turn of events, though Rónán did say it was a lot smaller than he remembered it! Funny that. Where do you live? 🙂

  7. LOTTIE WATSON says:

    REALLY ENJOYED THIS POD/CAST THO’ FOR ME IT WAS A COMPUTER-CAST :)…HOPEFULLY I WILL BE ABLE TO FIND YOUR SITE SO I CAN CATCH UP ON THESE….LOVED LISTENING TO YOUR STORY MARY, AND I WAS SUPRISED TO HEAR THE WAY YOU DESCRIBE WRITING…I, TOO, GET ME OUT OF THE WAY SO I CAN HEAR WHAT I’m TRYING TO WRITE. iT’S HARD TO DESCRIBE ISN’T IT UNLESS YOU ARE TALKING TO A FELLOW WRITER…AGAIN, GO RAIBH MAITH AGAT TO BOTH OF YOU…MARY AND
    another good one, Eoin! Slán go fóill. Sorry, didn’t notice the caps was on…again.
    le meas, lottie

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