Mary Elaine TynanDocumentary Maker
Mary-Elaine is a teacher, best selling author and award winning radio documentary-maker from Dublin where she lives with her husband and two children.
This is Mary-Elaine’s sixth documentary for RTÉ Radio 1 Documentary on One. Her other documentaries include The Rough with the Smoothie, Small Lives and Great Reputations which won a Bronze award at the PPIs, Seven Years and Nine Months which follows a couple’s journey through surrogacy , Finding Private Branch which was awarded the coveted Gold Medal at the New York Festivals 2019 and The Undetectables.
I'll Send You Butterflies is Mary Elaine’s most recent documentary and a deeply personal story about her mother, Margaret. Margaret was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in March of 2020 and agreed that Mary-Elaine would record whatever was to unfold. The result of hundreds of hours of recording is the documenting of Margaret and her family's time together in the final month's of her life.
Mary-Elaine has written several books. After making a radio documentary about Paddy Armstrong, in 2017 she co-authored the critically acclaimed "Life After Life - A Guildford Four Memoir" with Paddy. She has also co-authored the leading Junior Cycle English textbooks "Fire and Ice".
For 18 months she wrote a popular weekly column about the joys and challenges of motherhood for the Sunday Independent.
Mary-Elaine co-created the Documentary on One education section and the resources that are used by teachers all over Ireland in the junior cycle English classroom. These resources were nominated for an award at Prix Europa.