Margery Brady grew up in the city of Cork and her maiden name was O’Leary. In 1970 she moved to Kilkenny with her husband, who worked for Kilkenny Products in Castlecomer. She joined the Archaeological Society, and held the position of Chairperson for An Taisce. She joined the Tidy Towns Committee, and was involved in many local archaeological and historical publications. She is a woman of great enthusiasm and energy, who is still very involved in committees in Kilkenny.