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The Stories We Tell Ourselves: Reframing Mary Ann McCracken & Thomas Russell

Down County Museum, Downpatrick, English Street, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 6AH
Section of a door from the olg gaol, now the Down County Museum. It features metal bars and reinforcing nails  to strengthen it.


Join us at Down County Museum for a talk from visiting speaker, Mary Alice Clancy, to mark the 220th anniversary of the death of Thomas Russell.

Mary Ann McCracken, the sister who wept at her brother's scaffold and was Thomas Russell's unrequited lover. Or was she?
It's often the case that the writing of history tells us more about the author than the period under investigation. Applying this lens to Mary Ann and Thomas, we'll see how the 'unrequited lover' trope does – and does not – fit into their story. We'll conclude by making Mary Ann the main character of her own story, and seeing what stories this reframing allows us to tell.

Mary Alice Clancy is the Development Coordinator of the Mary Ann McCracken Foundation. Educated in Boston and Belfast, she is the author of two books and several articles on Northern Ireland. Her work has been featured in the Guardian, BBC Radio 4, El Correo, and Al-Jazeera.

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