nell mccafferty

(98# Ireland) Nell McCafferty: Why she kicks ass

  • She is a journalist, playwright, civil rights campaigner and feminist.
  • She has written for The Irish Press, The Irish Times, Sunday Tribune, Hot Press and The Village Voice.
  • She has a degree in Arts from Queen’s University Belfast.
  • She worked briefly as a substitute English teacher in Northern Ireland and also worked on an Israeli kibbutz, following this, she took up a post with The Irish Times.
  • In 1990, she won a Jacob’s Award for her reports on the 1990 World Cup for RTÉ Radio 1‘s The Pat Kenny Show.
  • She published her autobiography, Nell, in 2004. It details her upbringing in Derry, her relationship with her parents, her fears about coming out as a lesbian, the the happiness in finding a domestic haven with her love, the Irish writer Nuala O'Faolain, and the pain of losing it.

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RTE Collection

So a while ago, su-o told me about a Radio Drama Allen had been a part of in 2005, called Effigy. There’s not a whole lot of information out there about it but, of course, I had to go look. It took a while, but just yesterday I got a message on another site from someone who saw me asking and here we are! 


Effigy is the first play written by Brona C Titley. It is a dark comedy where the main two characters Eff and Gee are lovers They exist in a world of their own. In living and re living their lives they take us through snapshots of their life that depict the ridiculous state of love. The voice of reason is imposed by a female GOD played by Nell McCafferty.

The cast includes Ruth Bradley, Alan Leech and Nell McCafferty.

Length: 27 minutes 19 seconds.