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Notebook of Miss Una Fox

The Fox sisters, Una and Pat, lived together in Skerries, North County Dublin, beside their father's butcher's shop. Their legacy to Skerries is the foundation of the Marian Musical and Dramatic Society - now the Skerries Theatre Group. Every year they staged musical and variety shows, choral performances, plays and pantomimes (Pat conducted while Una played the piano) which were cultural and social highlights in the town. Una's pre-curtain-up good luck ritual was a liberal dowsing of the cast with holy water. The plays produced – O'Casey, Shakespeare, Coward, Wilde, Anouilh - often with Una prompting in the wings, was a first taste of theatre for many in the community.

Even though she lived all her days in the house where she was born, Miss Fox lived an interesting and cultured life. Her notebook is a testament to her varied interests, and the enduring popularity of drama and music in the town is a tribute to her vision. The presence of her name in the Manuscripts catalogue is a reminder that even if your sphere is small, your influence can be profound.

Shelfmark: TCD MS 10319

Terry McDonald

Terry McDonald has been an Assistant Librarian in Trinity since 1994, and has been the Library's Law Librarian since 2013. Her main areas of interest are user education and information literacy.