Ní Ghráda, Máiréad

Máiréad Ní Ghráda
Máiréad Ní Ghráda. Image source clarelibrary.ie

Máiréad Ní Ghráda was born in 1896 in Kilmaley, Co Clare.

A member of Cumann na mBan, the women’s division of the Irish Volunteers, she was secretary to Ernest Blythe during the period of the first Dáil Éireann. From 1926, she was a pioneering producer of children’s and women’s programmes for 2RN (precursor of Radio Éireann) and later became Radio Éireann’s principal announcer.

Her proseworks include a collection of short stories, An Bheirt Dearbhráthar agus Scéalta Eile (Baile Átha Cliath, Oifig an tSoláthair, 1939); and a science fiction novel, Mannán (Oifig a tSoláthair, 1940).

Her plays include An Uacht (Oifig an tSoláthair, 1935), An Grá agus An Gárda (Oifig an tSoláthair,1937), Giolla an tSolais (Oifig an tSoláthair, 1954), Úll Glas Oíche Shamhna (Oifig an tSoláthair,1960), Súgán Sneachta (1962), Stailc Ocrais (Oifig an tSoláthair, 1966), and Breithiúnas (1978). An Triail, dealing with the fate of an unmarried mother, is her most famous work and had a successful run in the Dublin Theatre Festival of 1964.
It was published in a two-play volume, An Triail [agus] Breithiúnas:dhá dhráma (Oifig an tSoláthair, 1978).

She wrote extensively for children in Irish, and also translated stories for children into Irish.

Amongst her awards is an Abbey Theatre Award in 1933 for her play Micheál.

She died in Dublin in 1971.

Máiréad Ní Ghráda at Clare Library

Máiréad Ní Ghráda interview (audio)

Máiréad Ní Ghráda at The National Library of Ireland