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Maeve Binchy
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Birth: May 28, 1940
County Dublin, Ireland
Death: Jul. 30, 2012
County Dublin, Ireland



The content of this memorial will never meet the editorial standard required for "Famous Person". Numerous obituaries exist for Maeve, consult them if you are looking for the definitive version. If other contributors wish to create a "Famous Person" memorial, feel free to do so.


An Irish Novelist.

Daughter of William T. Binchy [a lawyer] [d. 1971] and Maureen Blackmore [a nurse] [d. 1968], who were married in 1938.

She was married to Gordon Snell, an author of children's books. They lived at Dalkey, County Dublin.

Educated at The Convent of the Holy Child, Killiney, and University College Dublin.
After graduation she became a secondary school teacher, and subsequently a journalist with The Irish Times. She was appointed Women's Editor of the newspaper in October 1968. She later became the London Correspondent.

In 1972, she commenced a writing career which resulted in sales in excess of 45 million copies of her 16 published books, some of which were translated into over 35 different languages.


Take some time to look at her website,
Maeve Binchy

Her sister,
Renie Binchy Agar
Her uncle,
Daniel A. Binchy


Death Notice.
Published in The Irish Times, Wednesday 1st August 2012.

BINCHY (Dalkey, Co. Dublin) - July 30, 2012, peacefully after a short illness, Maeve, dearly beloved wife and best friend of Gordon Snell, loving sister of Joan, William and the late Renie; very sadly missed by her much loved family and a wide circle of friends. Removal on Friday to the Church of the Assumption, Dalkey, arriving at 11.20am for 11.30am. Funeral Mass followed by a private cremation. House private. No flowers please.
Donations, if desired, to Arthritis Ireland or the Irish Heart Foundation.



One does not usually put a musical clip onto a Memorial, but in this particular instance, I do not think that Shaun Davey, Liam O'Flynn, Gearoid Grant, or the Irish National Youth Orchestra would object to the inclusion of the following item.

At Maeve's funeral, the noted Uilleann Piper Liam O'Flynn played the final movement of "The Brendan Voyage", which was one of her favourites.
The piece describes the joyous finale of St. Brendan's little boat arriving at Newfoundland, having survived all that the North Atlantic Ocean could throw at it.
A fitting allegory for Maeve's life.

The link underneath is to a YouTube clip.
Liam O'Flynn is the soloist, on the conductor's left.
The Brendan Voyage
Turn the volume up, listen to it, and remember Maeve, and her own survival and triumphs.


 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William T. Binchy (1907 - 1971)
  Maureen Blackmore Binchy (1910 - 1968)
 
 Sibling:
  Maeve Binchy (1940 - 2012)
  Irene A. Binchy Agar (1944 - 2008)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: 2142
 
Burial:
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
 
Created by: John
Record added: Jul 30, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94504137
Maeve Binchy
Added by: John
 
 
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- Katherine Dean
 Added: Sep. 5, 2014
Would have loved to have met her-she is and always will be my favorite author and I will miss her writings.
- Katherine Dean
 Added: Sep. 5, 2014

- ljhughes
 Added: Aug. 28, 2014
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