STREET ART MEMORIAL – MARDYKE WALK CORK [ KATE J “BIRDIE” CONWAY]-152503
Street Art by Mr Everbody
Kate ‘Birdie’ Conway, whose early career was as a professional operatic singer. Later became a founder member in Cork of Cumann Na mBan and afterwards Shandon Branch president.
Kate was born in Carrigaline and studied at the Cork School of Music under its principal A Teur, and took elocution lessons from J W Flynn. She developed a great soprano voice and gained the attention of the Cork Operatic Society with whom she performed.
She embarked on a professional operatic career under the stage name Mlle Del Rita. One of her first professional leading roles was in Sir Charles V Stanford’s ‘Shamus O’Brien’ (1896) in which she co-starred with Joseph O’Mara.
She appeared at venues in Europe and North America before retiring prematurely from the professional circuit around 1900. Her last public appearance was in 1914 at the old Cork City Hall at a charity concert.
She chose the pro-Treaty side in the Irish civil war and dedicated much time to the wellbeing of the Free State army in the 1920s. She also devoted much of her time to the Magdalen Asylum in Sunday’s Well.
Bridie died at Golden Grove, Douglas Road, Cork on 21 February 1936 and is buried in Carrigaline.
By infomatique on 2019-05-15 12:52:38