DOROTHY MACARDLE (1889-1958), an Irish novelist, playwright, journalist and historian, was born in Dundalk in 1889 to a wealthy brewing family, and educated at Alexandra College and University College, Dublin. A Republican and member of Cumann na mBan, Macardle was imprisoned for her activities during the Irish Civil War, and later worked as a journalist with The Irish Press. Her monumental history, The Irish Republic, was published in 1937, and her account of the plight of children in war-torn Europe, Children of Europe, in 1949. Her plays were produced at the Abbey and Gate theatres, and among her works of fiction are Earth-Bound: Nine Stories of Ireland (1924), Uneasy Freehold/The Uninvited (1942, and republished by Tramp Press in 2015), and Fantastic Summer/The Unforeseen (1946, republished by Tramp Press in 2015). Dorothy Macardle died in Drogheda in 1958.
CAROLINE B HEAFEY holds a BA in English and French Language and Literature from Fordham University and an MA in Irish and Irish-American Studies from New York University. Her MA thesis focuses on the prison writings of Dorothy Macardle and instances of trauma during the Irish Civil War. She is currently pursuing a PhD in English at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she teaches first-year writing.