Tuesday 16 January 2018

Maria Doyle Kennedy 'haunted' by role

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Actress Maria Doyle Kennedy says she found her role as Cork-born Eliza Lynch in the new documentary by the same name a demanding role. At the time, the actress felt 'haunted' by Lynch.

"I stayed in hotel rooms she had stayed in. And at times I felt like she was haunting me," she told the Irish Independent.

"I met some of her descendants. One of her 80-year-old relatives was calling me granny, which was sweet and surreal."

Born in Cork in 1833, Lynch moved to South America after falling in love with future Paraguayan president Francisco Solano Lopez when she was 20 years old.

"I had never heard about her before I was asked to do the film – like a lot of people in Ireland really," Doyle Kennedy said.

"She was a remarkable woman and I think it's important to see and know that."

Irish Independent

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