Madeleine Keane was born in Dublin and is educated at UCD and Trinity. She is Literary Editor of the Sunday Independent where she has worked since 1988 and writes about books, theatre and travel.
She presented the books programme ‘First Edition’, has written a non-fiction careers guide for teenagers, and helped establish the ‘Irish Book Awards’.
She is the mother of two daughters plus a founding member of Plan Ireland. She has served on its board for seven years.
Because I am a Girl I ask… for compassion for all people.
Because I am a Girl I believe… in the transforming, enduring power of love.
Because I am a Girl I hope… for happiness and serenity and a world of peace, fairness and justice.
Because I am a Girl I wonder… what way our world will be in the next millennium.
Because I am a Girl I dream… that my beloved girls will have lives filled with happiness, purpose and love.
Because I am a Girl I remember… how hard our sisters fought to get basic equal rights.
Because I am a Girl I like… art, literature, romance, beauty and men.
Because I am a Girl I dislike… violence, abuse, cruelty, vulgarity and unkindness.
Because I am a Girl I feel… very strongly that women of all ages, races and religions should be treated with equality, dignity and respect.
Because I am a Girl I feel… blessed to have been born in Dublin in the 20th century to wonderful parents who gave me an abundance of love and a wonderful education.
– Madeleine Keane