Glenroe’s ‘Biddy’ to take part in Dromineer Literary Festival discussion on mindfulness

One of Ireland’s best known actors, Mary McEvoy, will take part in this year’s Dromineer Literary Festival.

One of Ireland’s best known actors, Mary McEvoy, will take part in this year’s Dromineer Literary Festival.

Mary, best known for her role as Biddy in Glenroe, will join Fr Columba McCann, OSB, from Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, and Mary McKenna, psychotherapist and mindfulness trainer, for a panel discussion on Mindfulness - A Meditation, in Nenagh Arts Centre on Saturday, October 3.

Mary McEvoy first graced our screens in 1983, in perhaps her best known role as the indomitable Biddy Byrne in Glenroe, a character she went on to portray for 17 years. Most recently, she has appeared in Desolate Heaven with Cork’s Everyman Palace Theatre, directed by Tony McCleane-Fay; The Matchmaker directed by Michael Scott; John B Keane’s Moll at The Gaiety Theatre, directed by David Horan, and Pockets, a short film written and directed by Lochlainn McKenna. Mary, a well-known ambassador in promoting positive mental health, is an actor, author, farmer and practising Buddhist.

Since 2004, Fr Columba McCann has been a monk of Glenstal Abbey, where his main responsibility is the spiritual formation of novices who wish to live a monastic life as members of the Benedictine community. Meditation and mindfulness are key elements of the Benedictine spirituality. He has a degree in music from UCD and has specialised in organ performance, improvisation and composition. He also teaches in the abbey school at Glenstal.

Mary O’Callaghan (MA) is an accredited psychotherapist and has also been exploring mindfulness practices for over 30 years. She spent eight years as a Buddhist nun training in Eastern philosophy, psychology and the Buddhist way of living. In 2005 she set up and now runs Oscailt Integrative Health Centre, whose primary activity is the promotion of mindfulness and compassion in everyday life.

The event, which starts at 8pm, will be chaired by Pat Kelly. Tickets cost E12 / E10 and bookings can be made directly through Nenagh Arts Centre, Banba Square, Nenagh; ph: 067-34400, www.nenagharts.com