Mary Pat Kelly to launch ‘Of Irish Blood’ at The Playhouse

Posted on: 18th May 2015

Award winning American journalist, novelist, screenwriter and documentary maker Mary Pat Kelly will hold a launch for her new book ‘Of Irish Blood' at The Playhouse this month.
A vivid and compelling story inspired by the life of Mary Pat Kelly's great-aunt ‘Of Irish Blood'- the sequel to best-selling novel ‘Galway Bay'- will be launched on Monday May 18.
A long standing friend and patron of The Playhouse Mary Pat is an award winning American journalist, novelist, screenwriter and documentary maker with strong Irish connections.
Her best-selling novel ‘Galway Bay', called "pure magic" by Frank McCourt, is based on the history of her Irish-American family and is currently in development as a TV mini-series with director Jim Sheridan. ‘Of Irish Blood') continues the saga.
The book has already been hailed as "a masterpiece of historical fiction!" by Irish American News.
Mary Pat produced and directed award-winning PBS documentaries that include ‘To Live for Ireland', a portrait of Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume; ‘Home Away from Home: The Yanks in Ireland', a history of U.S. forces in Northern Ireland during World War II with an accompanying book; and ‘Proudly We Served: The Men of the USS Mason', a portrayal of the only African-American sailors to take a World War II warship into combat, which won the CINE Golden Eagle. Her book of the same title was published by Naval Institute Press in 1995.
Her extensive work includes the dramatic feature film ‘Proud', ‘Martin Scorsese: The First Decade' and ‘Martin Scorsese: A Journey'; ‘Good to Go: The Rescue of Scott O'Grady from Bosnia'; and a novel, ‘Special Intentions'. Mary Pat Kelly worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter for Paramount and Columbia Pictures and in New York City as an associate producer with Good Morning America and Saturday Night and wrote the book and lyrics for the musical ‘Abby's Song'.
"I am such an admirer of The Playhouse" Mary Pat Kelly said ahead of the launch.
"It always feels like coming home when I come back to Derry. I've been involved in telling stories about Derry for many years, including Derry in World War II, with ‘Home Away from Home: The Yanks in Ireland', exploring U.S. forces in Northern Ireland during World War II and ‘To Live for Ireland', a portrait of John Hume. I'm delighted to be back in this historic city for this launch."
Pauline Ross at The Playhouse said: "The Playhouse is just thrilled to host the launch of this stunning novel. As a friend and patron, Mary Pat has supported us tirelessly, and as an author and filmmaker, Mary Pat Kelly has engrossed us with so many stories connected to Ireland; this highly anticipated novel being the latest to fascinate readers on both sides of the Atlantic!"
‘Of Irish Blood' by Mary Pat Kelly will be launched at The Playhouse on Monday May 18.There will be an opportunity to purchase a copy of the novel. All are welcome. For more information contact The Playhouse on (028)71268027.

 

Playhouse Patron Mary Pat Kelly is an award winning American journalist, novelist, screenwriter and documentary maker with strong Irish connections
Her best-selling novel Galway Bay (2009), called "pure magic" by Frank McCourt, is based on the history of her Irish-American family and is currently in development as a TV mini-series with director Jim Sheridan. Of Irish Blood (2015) continues the saga. She produced and directed award-winning PBS documentaries that include To Live for Ireland (1986) a portrait of Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume and the political party he led; Home Away from Home: The Yanks in Ireland (1992), a history of U.S. forces in Northern Ireland during World War II with an accompanying book; and Proudly We Served: The Men of the USS Mason (1995), a portrayal of the only African-American sailors to take a World War II warship into combat, whose first foreign port was Belfast which won the CINE Golden Eagle. Her book of the same title was published by Naval Institute Press in 1995. She wrote and directed the dramatic feature film Proud (2004), starring Ossie Davis in his last film role and Oscar nominee Stephen Rea, based on the USS Mason story. Distributed theatrically by Castle Hill Productions and on television by Lionsgate, the film was selected by Tribeca and many other film festivals.
She wrote Martin Scorsese: The First Decade (1978) and Martin Scorsese: A Journey (1990); Good to Go: The Rescue of Scott O'Grady from Bosnia (1996); and a novel, Special Intentions (1997) based on her experiences as a nun on the West Side of Chicago. She is a frequent contributor to Irish America Magazine and has twice been named one of the Top 100 Irish Americans and one of the Top 100 Global Irish.
Mary Pat Kelly worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter for Paramount and Columbia Pictures and in New York City as an associate producer with Good Morning America (1976) and Saturday Night Live (1980-82), and wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Abby's Song. College, attended NYU Film School, received her PhD from the City University of New York Graduate Center and has taught at City College and LaGuardia Community College.
Born and raised in Chicago, she lives on Manhattan's Upper West Side with her husband, app developer Martin Sheerin from County Tyrone.


About ‘Of Irish Blood':
It's 1903. Nora Kelly, twenty-four, is talented, outspoken, progressive, and climbing the ladder of opportunity, until she falls for an attractive but dangerous man who sends her running back to the Old World her family had fled. Nora takes on Paris, mixing with couturiers, artists, and "les femmes Americaines" of the Left Bank such as Gertrude Stein and Sylvia Beach. But when she stumbles into the centuries-old Collège des Irlandais, a good-looking scholar, an unconventional priest, and Ireland's revolutionary women challenge Nora to honor her Irish blood and join the struggle to free Ireland.
Author Mary Pat Kelly weaves historical characters such as Maud Gonne, William Butler Yeats, Countess Markievicz, Michael Collins, and Eamon de Valera, as well as Gabrielle Chanel, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Nora Barnicle, into Of Irish Blood, a vivid and compelling story inspired by the life of her great-aunt.

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At the New York launch "Of Irish Blood". L. TO R. Mary Pat Kelly, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tom Doherty, Publisher, Forge/Macmillan.)

 


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