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Patricia Quinn Murphy

Patricia Quinn Murphy needs answers as to why the long dead Aunt Rose has been written out of family history.

"...and then there was Rose". This was the line that dramatically opened up a family secret which lay hidden from members of the Quinn family for decades.

Patricia Quinn Murphy, a native of Wexford, had a deep interest in her family tree which spurred a conversation with her father. It was he who mentioned the now forgotten Aunt Rose who had been hard done by, not by neighbours and outsiders, but by family.

In 1906, Rose Quinn was forced into a marriage by her brother. When she refused to live with her new husband, she was sent to a workhouse and from there committed to St. Senan's asylum in Enniscorthy. She died 6 months later at the age of 36.

However, the information about Rose that followed didn't come via normal channels. Instead, during a holiday in Spain, Patricia's daughter Catherine received visions that told them where Rose was buried and how she felt about what had happened to her. As Catherine described everything she saw, Patricia sat there astonished - she recognised so much.

And so the journey to find Rose started. Many coincidences were discovered, obstacles encountered, and even the Minister for Health got involved. Rose, during the vision, asked for two things: recognition by her family, and for her story to be told. This was what Patricia and Catherine have to do and are still doing. Rose must rest in peace.

Related book:

"Restless Spirit" by Margaret Hawkins. Published by Mercier Press. ISBN 1 85635-496-2.