Death of Val Mulkerns – Rest in Peace

Val Mulkerns, noted Irish writer and member of Aosdána, died peacefully on the morning of 10 March, 2018 in her native Dublin. Val’s first novel, A Time Outworn, was released to critical praise in Ireland in 1952. She later worked as a journalist and is the author of five novels, three collections of short stories, two children’s books and many published essays and critical writings. She worked as associate editor and theatre critic with The Bell, the literary magazine founded by Seán Ó Faoláin, and wrote columns for The Evening Press and The Irish Times. She was a regular contributor to RTÉ Radio’s Sunday Miscellany. Val, who lived in Dalkey in Dublin, was married to Maurice Kennedy, who died in 1992, and they had three children – Maev, a journalist with The Guardian, Conor, director of the Javelin advertising agency, and Myles, a writer and care-worker. She edited a posthumous collection of her husband’s work, The Way to Vladivostok, published in 2000. In 2016, a collection of her short fiction, Memory and Desire, was published to broad acclaim. The fourth edition of her 1984 novel, The Summerhouse, was brought out in 2013. Friends with the Enemy, her newest title and eleventh book, is being published in Spring 2018.  In the form of a memoir, it takes in almost 70 years of life and times in literary Ireland.








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