Begley, Mary

Mary Begley
1 September 2002Feature

Irish activist Mary Begley offers some thoughts on her "tough and rewarding" life and work as a street musician.

I started off as a street musician in Dublin in 1986, filling in the hours while my three daughters were at school. The streets get into the bloodstream after a while - the freedom, the fresh air, the uncertainty of it all, the peace.

What started off as a hobby became a part-time earner. Arriving in Dublin with the three girls, I met other musicians, we played together on the streets and had fun. Having studied the Irish language (old and medieval) and being under pressure from…