Eva Gore-Booth, Constance Markievicz and ‘The Death of Fionavar’
The Death of Fionavar was published in late 1916, and is Eva Gore-Booth’s response, through the medium of Irish folklore, to the events of Easter week 1916. The book is dedicated ‘To the Memory of the Dead, The Many who died for Freedom and the One who died for Peace’. The book was illustrated by Eva’s sister Constance who at that time resided in a British jail for her part in the Rising.
In 2015, The Irish Research Council funded a public presentation of the play. The play was directed by Julie Kelleher, artistic director of Cork's Everyman Theatre, and the roles played by both UCC students in Drama and Theatre Studies, as well as professional actors, Mary Lou McCarthy and Niamh Linehan. The event was staged in Cork Gaol, and the initiative was spearheaded by Dr Maureen O'Connor of the School of Engish and Dr Marie Kelly of Drama and Theatre Studies.
You can watch the performance here:
And see an explanation behind Gore-Booth and Markievicz, and the play, by Dr Sonja Tiernan from Liverpool Hope University:
Further explanation of the background of the production, the play itself and relationship between Eva and Constance from Dr Maureen O'Connor from University College Cork.