Mary Ann, The Forgotten Sister

Mary Ann, The Forgotten Sister

A Theatrical Walking Tour 

Written by Clare McMahon 
Directed by Paula McFetridge 
Presented by Kabosh 

Saturdays & Sundays in April 2024

Beginning at Clifton Cemetery (Henry Place) and concluding at Clifton House

Tickets: £16 | 12


Dílis go héag. 

Faithful til Death.

Wept by her brother’s scaffold 17th July 1798

Died 26th July 1866.

But this forgotten daughter of Belfast gave so much more to the city than the words that memorialise her.

She was a great deal more than just her famous brother’s sister.

Offering nearly a century of thought, eloquence, and action delivered in her own name.

In doing so, Mary Ann took her place amongst a long list of audacious women of Belfast, who devoted time and talent to repairing the fabric of our society, quietly stitching their own stories into the margins of our history. 

More than a beloved sister to Henry Joy but a sister to Belfast. Beloved of Belfast.

Join Kabosh for Mary Ann, The Forgotten Sistera theatrical exploration of the life and legacy of Mary Ann McCracken.

Hopefully, by knowing her story you’ll know her. And by knowing her, you’ll know Belfast. 

Featuring Maria Connolly, Calla Hughes, and Carol Moore. 

Costume Design by Úna Hickey

Music direction by Jane Cassidy
Linocut on Linen by Gail Kelly

Typography by Imogen Donegan


Meeting Point: Clifton Cemetery (Henry Place) 

End Point: Clifton House 

Duration: 75 min 

Dates: 13 – 14 | 20 – 21 | 27 – 28 April 2024

Times: 11:00 am & 2:30 pm  

Tickets: £16 | 12

Box Office: Visit Belfast. To book in person head to Visit Belfast Welcome Centre, Donegall Square North | 028 90246609

BSL Tour: Saturday 13th April, 11am will be a BSL signed performance

Tours will last approximately 75 minutes.

This event is an outdoor walking tour, which includes uneven ground and steps. It is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair users. Please wear appropriate shoes and dress for the weather.

For accessibility enquiries or for more information if this tour is suitable for you, please contact

Presented with funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The Mary Ann McCracken Foundation in association with The Belfast Charitable Society and Clifton House.

Kabosh are core funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and the Foyle Foundation.

Carol Moore as Mary Ann McCracken, Production Photography by Johnny Frazer
Calla Hughes in Mary Ann, The Forgotten Sister. Production Photography by Johnny Frazer
Maria Connolly in Mary Ann, The Forgotten Sister. Production Photography by Johnny Frazer