MARY JANE IRWIN O'DONOVAN ROSSA
One of my aims while producing REBEL ROSSA was to tell the equally fascinating story of Rossa's wife, the ardent patriot Mary Jane Irwin of Clonakilty, West Cork. She married Rossa young and soon after was in the middle of Fenian activity, campaigning for Irish prisoners and traveling all around the mid-19th Century United States putting on readings that helped the cause and supported her family. She was also instrumental in organizing Rossa's funeral in 1915. Throughout her life she was a pro-active, self-sustaining and incredibly strong woman whose love of Ireland equaled her husband.
Unfortunately her story had to be curtailed in the final edit of REBEL ROSSA. But I believe her story must be told! So I am beginning a film project about her life. Fortunately, I already have a significant amount of material about her. But I need to shoot more in the USA and Ireland and pay for editing, animation as well as a prepare for a surprising contemporary story arc that I am developing.
The crucial role of many women in Irish history - and world history - has gone by the wayside and it is time these stories are told. Mary Jane's story is a dramatic, fascinating one and you can help make this happen. Thank you, please donate what you can below - you will be credited in the final production!