SHE cycles through the city most days and is well known for distributing homemade cakes and scones to people in need. She’s the Mary Poppins of Kilkenny. However, Margery Brady of Greenshill, overlooking the River Nore has a secret. Her book, The Love Story of Parnell and Katherine O’Shea has just been reprinted.
However, it is her first book that caused a sir in academic circles, written off before it cane out as Mills and Boons effort and now lauded as a seminal work. “The Love Story of Yeats and Maud Gonne” by Margery, who hails originally from Cork, has been in continuous print for the past 22 years and has been translated into a number of languages including Korean and is now in ebook form making it one of the most successful ever in the history of Irish literature.
The Love Story of Parnell and Katherine O’Shea was not so lucky as it clashed with a book on the same subject by Hugh Leonard. The late author wrote to Margery saying “I’m sorry if this cuts across your work”.
While she was writing the book, she visited Avondale and met Prof. John A. Murphy of UCC who said the story was compellingly, lucid and very readable indeed”
Robert Kee, the famous author, also wrote a book on Parnell and Margery was invited to the “Late Late” to put questions to him. Later she got a letter from him saying he had read her book and had used a short quote from it and listed her in his references.