Episode 58 – Dr Mags Crean – Politician/Sociologist

Mags Crean grew up in Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland in a working class area.

Her parents instilled in her the importance of education from an early age and Mags went on to do a PhD in UCD, Dublin.

Her working and academic life has been dedicated to areas of equality, social class, care & education.

She has been writing extensively on these matters has published a number of papers within this realm.

Mags has been elected to the Wicklow County Council seat at the May 2019 local election. This was her first attempt and she has run as an independent.

Below the quote from Audre Lorde  that Mags mentioned in part in her conversation….

“Next time, ask: What’s the worst that will happen? Then push yourself a little further than you dare. Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.

And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.

And 

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

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Mags Music Choice

Damien Dempsey – Factories

Del Amitri – Nothing ever happens

Martin Hayes/Denis Cahill – A tune

Don McLean – Starry Starry Night

Bob Marley – So much trouble in the world

Pearl Jam – Alive

Ronnie Drew – McAlpine Fusiliers

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