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Sneem International Storytelling & Folklore Festival


9th - 11th November 2018

Mary McEvoy (born 1954) is an Irish actress.


She is recognised by television viewers for having played the role of Biddy Byrne in "Glenroe" from 1983-2000.


Mary had a very successful stage career at the same time as her television career  appearing  in numerous plays, including several by John B. Keane including "Sive", "The Field", "The Chastitute", "The Year of the Hiker" and "Moll" at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin in 2014/15


Theatre Work includes:

"The Philanderer" (George Bernard Shaw) and "Semi-Private" (Mary Halpin) at The Gate.

She starred with Siobhan McKenna in the original production of "Bailegangaire" (Tom Murphy) and "Wood of the Whispering" (M. J. Molloy) with Druid Theatre directed by Garry Hynes, also "Charlie's Aunt" at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin.


With CTD she has appeared in "The Vagina Monologues", "Shirley Valentine", "The Matchmaker" and "Mrs Whippy".


Other theatre work includes "Dancing at Lughnasa", "The Life and Times of Selma Mae", "Moonlight and Music" and "Jo Bangles".


In 2010, McEvoy became a regular guest panelist on the TV3 show "Midday" and also was a guest on "The Late Late Show" in April 2011.


In 2009, on the documentary "Would You Believe", McEvoy revealed that she suffered many years from depression, and that she is a Buddhist. In April 2011, McEvoy released her autobiography "How The Light Gets In".


She was also noted for her washing powder advertisements on television.





Mary McEvoy - Actor

Mary McEvoy as Marge in "The Matchmaker" by John B. Keane, drected by Michael Scott


Photo by Tom Lawlor

Mary McEvoy