Dr Marion McGarry is a writer and historian. Born and bred in Ireland, she has lectured at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) since 2004 and lives in Sligo. She has a PhD from Ulster University and a Master's Degree from University of Limerick. She has authored four books and is also an illustrator.
Independent research interests: Irish history and identity in architecture and material culture C19-C20. Irish folklife, customs, vernacular architecture and furniture. The architecture and interiors of the ‘Big House’ in Ireland C19. The Gothic and Norman revivals in Irish architecture in C19. The history of cholera in C19, particularly the influence of Sligo's cholera epidemic of 1832 on Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula (1897). The history of trees in Ireland: tree worship, woodkerne and the ‘timber famine’. Contemporary Irish furniture and timber products. Currently a member of GMIT Heritage Research group, and the chairperson of Sligo Stoker Society.
BOOKS by MARION McGARRY:
Marion McGarry, Irish Customs and Rituals: how our ancestors celebrated life and the seasons (forthcoming Orpen Press, 2020).
Marion McGarry and Dermot O'Donovan, See the Wood from the Trees (Artisan House, 2018) https://artisanhouse.ie/product/see-the-wood-from-the-trees/
Marion McGarry, The Irish Cottage: history, culture and design (Orpen Press, 2017)
Marion McGarry, An Illustrated Dictionary of Furniture and Interiors (Stobart Davies, 2014) http://www.stobartdavies.com/PBSCCatalog.asp?ItmID=14677361
Email: email@example.com / Twitter: @marion_mcgarry / Instagram: drmarionmcgarry
ARTICLES AVAILABLE ONLINE:
RTÉ Brainstorm, 6 July 2020. 'A guide to piseogs: Ireland's sinister folk magic spells' https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0706/1151667-piseogs-ireland-folklore-evil-magic-spells/
RTÉ Brainstorm, 27 May 2020. 'Why next Sunday is the unluckiest day of the year'
Irish Humanities Alliance Blog, 21 May 2020. 'Life under lockdown: the 1832 cholera epidemic as seen by Charlotte Stoker' https://www.irishhumanities.com/blog/life-under-lockdown-the-1832-cholera-epidemic/
RTÉ Brainstorm, 6 May 2020. 'Death, sex, superstition and fear: the Hawthorn tree in Ireland'
RTÉ Brainstorm, 15 April 2020. 'The evolution of the Irish funeral ritual'
RTÉ Brainstorm podcast: 1 April 2020. 'Covid 19: when panic, conspiracy theories, quack cures and folklore collide' https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0401/1127754-conspiracy-theories-quack-cures-fake-news-pandemics-folklore/
RTÉ Brainstorm: 26 February 2020. ‘When Lent in Ireland meant no sex, music, alcohol or merrymaking’ https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0225/1117546-lent-in-ireland/
RTÉ Brainstorm: 25 February 2020. ‘The weird traditions around Pancake Tuesday’. https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0224/1117313-pancake-shrove-tuesday-ireland-folklore-history/
Irish Independent: 1 February 2020. 'Biddy boys, holy wells and dreams of love: how to mark St Brigid's Day' https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/biddy-boys-holy-wells-and-dreams-of-love-how-to-mark-st-brigids-day-38911569.html
RTÉ Brainstorm: 6 January 2020. 'The roots and traditions of Nollaig na mBan' https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2020/0102/1103975-the-roots-and-traditions-of-nollaig-na-mban/
RTÉ Brainstorm: 19 December 2019. 'How our ancestors enjoyed a sustainable Christmas' https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/1218/1101925-how-our-ancestors-enjoyed-a-sustainable-christmas/
RTÉ Brainstorm: 11 November 2019. 'Blood sacrifice rites in Irish tradition'
RTÉ Brainstorm: 30 October 2019. 'Beyond the brack: Irish Halloween folk magic and spells' https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/1016/1083781-a-guide-to-irish-halloween-magic-spells/
RTÉ Brainstorm: 27 September 2019. 'Geese, daisies and debts: Michaelmas customs in Ireland' https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/0926/1078446-geese-and-paying-the-rent-michaelmas-customs-in-ireland/
RTÉ Brainstorm: 25 July 2019. 'Why the last Sunday in July was celebrated in Ireland of old'
SelfBuild Ireland magazine: Autumn 2019. 'The B-Word' The influence of Bungalow Bliss on modern Irish vernacular architecture; pp 122-6 https://issuu.com/selfbuildireland/docs/autumn_2019
RTÉ Brainstorm: 2 July 2019. 'A potted history of change in the Phoenix Park' https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/0701/1059540-a-potted-history-of-change-in-the-phoenix-park/
SelfBuild Ireland magazine: Summer 2019. ‘Choosing the right materials for your kitchen'. https://selfbuild.ie/advice/the-right-materials-for-your-kitchen/
RTÉ Brainstorm: 30 April 2019. 'Fire, water, light and luck: Bealtaine traditions in Ireland' https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/0429/1046282-fire-water-light-and-luck-bealtaine-traditions-in-ireland/
SelfBuild Ireland magazine: Spring 2019. ‘Kitchen styles’ on contemporary furniture design https://selfbuild.ie/basics/kitchen-styles/
RTÉ Brainstorm: 15 Mar 2019. ‘A day off from Lent: St Patrick's Day traditions from the past’ https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/0314/1036394-a-day-off-from-lent-st-patricks-day-traditions-from-the-past/
RTÉ Brainstorm: 8 Jan 2019. ‘Room to improve: the homes of Ireland’s nineteenth century rural poor’ https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2019/0107/1021775-room-to-improve-the-homes-of-irelands-19th-century-rural-poor/
SelfBuild Ireland magazine: Winter 2018. ‘Tailored kitchen design’ on contemporary furniture design https://selfbuild.ie/advice/tailored-kitchen-design/
RTÉ Brainstorm: 17 Dec 2018. ‘What was Christmas like in rural Ireland back in the day?’ https://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2018/1217/1017597-what-was-christmas-like-in-rural-ireland-back-in-the-day/
Irish Independent: 10 November 2018. ‘Cholera, Sligo and the shaping of Dracula: Stories of victims being buried alive haunted Bram Stoker's mother’ https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/books/cholera-sligo-and-the-shaping-of-dracula-stories-of-victims-being-buried-alive-haunted-bram-stokers-mother-37508980.html
RTÉ Brainstorm: 30th October 2018. ' Was Dracula Irish?' https://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2018/1024/1006320-was-dracula-irish/
RTÉ Brainstorm: 23rd October 2018. 'Seven things you probably didn't know about Áras an Uachtarain' https://www.rte.ie/eile/brainstorm/2018/1023/1006054-7-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-aras-an-uachtarain/
The Irish Times, September 14, 2018 'Why the Áras furnished Letterfrack with storm-felled trees' article co-authored with Dermot O'Donovan.
SelfBuild Ireland magazine: Spring 2018. ‘The First Irish Self-Builds’ on contemporary furniture design https://selfbuild.ie/advice/the-first-irish-self-builds
October 2019: Introducing Dacre Stoker at The Word, Sligo Central Library:
October 2019: RTE News: Connection Between Sligo and Dracula Strengthened:
INTERVIEWS: Podcasts & print
July 2020: Guest on The Irish History Show, podcast here http://irishhistoryshow.ie/62-bram-stoker-and-the-sligo-cholera-epidemic-of-1832/
June 2020: Interview on pandemics and literature in this article by Ronan Connell in Atlas Obscura: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/irish-epidemic-inspired-dracula
April 2020: Interview on pandemics and literature for this article by Colin Murphy for the Sunday Business Post: https://www.businesspost.ie/coronavirus/facing-down-a-virus-d2e32d37
February 25 2020: Guest on RTE News at One with Aine Lawlor discussing old Irish Shrove traditions https://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/html5/#/radio1/21720049
January 2020: Talk on Irish folklore and customs for Cranmore Community Co-op, Sligo. https://soundcloud.com/ken-gunning-221356668/irish-folklore-and-customs
October 2019: Guest on Kildare FM's Kildare Focus with Ciara Plunkett, discussing Bram Stoker's connection to Sligo (begins 37:30 mins)
April 2019: Guest on Clare FM's Morning Focus with Gavin Grace, discussing traditional Irish cottages:
December 2018: RTE Liveline Christmas special, studio guest with Joe Duffy, discussing traditional Irish Christmas customs (begins 29 mins approx): https://www.rte.ie/radio1/liveline/programmes/2018/1220/1018391-liveline-thursday-20-december-2018/
November 2018: ‘Cholera = Dracula’ paper presented at the Bodies of Data conference hosted by the Irish Humanities Alliance in collaboration with UCD and DIT. https://soundcloud.com/ucd-digital-culture/marion-mcgarry-dracula-cholera?in=ucd-digital-culture/sets/bodies-of-data-intersecting-medical-and-digital-humanities
ACADEMIC / PEER REVIEWED JOURNALS:
McGarry, M. (2020) Book Review: "Bram Stoker and the Late Victorian World ed. by Matthew Gibson and Sabine Lenore Muller" in Irish Studies Review, Vol 28, Issue 2, 2020.
McGarry, M. (2020) ”Cholera=Dracula: the influences of Sligo’s cholera epidemic of 1832 on Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula (1897)" in Journal of Medical Humanities special edition entitled 'Epidemics and Disease in Ireland; Literature, Culture, Histories', forthcoming.
McGarry, M. (2019) 'Bram Stoker in Ballymote' in The Corran Herald (the Journal of the Ballymote Heritage Group), Issue 52, 2019-2020, PP. 82-85.
McGarry, M. (2018) Book Review: "Making Majesty: The Throne Room in Dublin Castle, a Cultural History ed. by Myles Campbell and William Derham" in Irish Studies Review, Vol 26, Issue 3, 2018. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09670882.2018.1483706
McGarry, M. (2017) Book Review: "Ireland’s Harp: the Shaping of Irish Identity (1770-1880) by Marie Louise O’Donnell” in Irish Studies Review, Vol 25, Issue 3, 2017.
McGarry, M. “Creating a Noble Past: The Design of Glenstal Abbey” History Ireland magazine: Issue 2 (March – April 2010), Volume 18. http://www.historyireland.com/18th-19th-century-history/creating-a-noble-past-the-design-of-glenstal-castle-1836-61/
McGarry, M. and Elkadi, H. (2009) “'Norman’ Architecture: Perception of Origin and Power in Irish Cultural Heritage” in Interrogating Tradition Series; Traditional Settlements Review, Berkeley.
McGarry, M. (2007) “The Design of Glenstal Castle” in The Journal for the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Vol. 136, PP. 39-49.
McGarry, M. (2006) “The Architecture of Glenstal Castle (1836-1861)” in The Old Limerick Journal, Vol. 42, Winter 2006.