Brendan O’Connor: Learned the truth about a shocking, tragic chapter in my family history

It’s funny what bits and pieces of history and family lore you grow up with and don’t think about too much. For example, when Eileen, my aunt, who was sort of a second mother to us and an early mentor to me, went to the Princess Grace Ball. I look it up now and think it must have been the 31st Bal Des Petits Lits Blancs En Irlande.

It was held at Powerscourt House in Wicklow in 1965 and the ChicagoTribune called it the “greatest and certainly the most dizzying ball the Irish have held in years”. Eileen was there because a relative, Pat, was a TD and Senator, and he brought her. Of course I now know that Pat was my Nana’s cousin, Pat Scarteen, as Eileen, my mother and my uncles would have called him.

https://www.independent.ie/opinion/brendan-oconnor-learning-the-truth-about-a-shocking-tragic-chapter-in-my-family-history-41956255.html Brendan O’Connor: Learned the truth about a shocking, tragic chapter in my family history

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