3 May 1849
Mary Laffan, who later called herself May, was born in Dublin
At the age of twenty-five ML published in Fraser's Magazine
the anonymous article "Convent Boarding-Schools for Young Ladies", an attack on the Catholic
system of women's education.
ML's first—and most successful—novel, the satirical Hogan, M.P.
, appeared anonymously in three volumes.
Before August 1896
Eight years after her final novel appeared, and fourteen after she stopped writing fiction, ML (solicited by Sir Horace Curzon Plunkett
) submitted a paper to the Recess Committee on aspects of Irish
Home Rule. It remains unpublished.
23 June 1916
ML died in the Bloomfield Institution, an insane asylum in Dublin
, from the lingering effects of a brain haemorrhage two months earlier.