Maura Laverty was a household name fifty years ago, one of very few women in Irish public life at that time. She was a cookery writer, a journalist, a radio "agony aunt", a playwright and a novelist.
She also created Ireland's first ever television soap - Tolka Row - which broadcast on Telefís Éireann from January 1964 until May 1968.
She is not widely remembered today. But back in the 1940s, her first novel, Never No More, created huge controversy in her home town of Rathangan, Co. Kildare, and her next three novels were banned.
This documentary looks into her remarkable life, and hears from her in her own voice, courtesy of her own radio programme, and extracts from her books. Contributors include novelist Maeve Binchy, historian Caitriona Clear, artist Pauline Bewick, theatre and television director Christopher Fitzsimon, food writer Darina Allen, Rathangan librarian Kay Dunne and her book club, and relatives of Maura Laverty.
Narrated and produced by Sarah Binchy.
Production supervision by Sarah Blake.
Sound supervision by Mark McGrath.
First broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on Saturday 18th June 2011 @ 2pm
The programme maker would like to thank Conor Kavanagh; Gerry Lloyd; Kay Dunne; Brendan Delany at the ESB; Brendan Balfe; Rob Canning and Brian Rice in RTÉ radio archives for their contribution to the programme.
An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries.