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Rosemary McLoughlin is the bestselling author of Tyringham Park. She is also an established artist and has just announced her first solo exhibition, showing in Loretta Meagher's Leinster Gallery, South Frederick St, Dublin in April 2013.

In this video, she talks about her inspiration for Tyringham Park, her experiences of writing and prominent themes in the book. All the artwork shown is her own.

Tyringham Park

The Debut Novel


Tyringham Park is the Blackshaws’ magnificent country house in the south of Ireland. It is a haven of wealth and privilege until its peace is shattered by a devastating event which reveals the chaos of jealousy and deceit beneath its surface. Charlotte Blackshaw is only eight years old when her little sister Victoria goes missing from the estate. Charlotte is left to struggle with her loss without any support from her hostile mother and menacing nanny. It is obvious to Charlotte that both of them wish she had been the one to go missing rather than pretty little Victoria.

Charlotte finds comfort in the kindness of servants. With their help she seeks an escape from the burden of being the unattractive one left behind. Despite her mother’s opposition, she later reaches out for happiness and believes the past can no longer hurt her. But the mystery of Victoria’s disappearance continues to cast a long shadow over Tyringham Park - a mystery that may still have the power to destroy its world and the world of all those connected to it.

Author Biography

authprofb&w Rosemary McLoughlin, daughter of Eric Fahey and Marie Dawson, was reared in a large family on a farm near the tiny village of Tyringham, surrounded by the towns and cities of Dorrigo, Grafton, Armidale and Coffs Harbour on the north coast of NSW in Australia. She attended the local one-teacher Glenferneigh Public School where she was lucky to be taught by the inspirational Clive ('Brickie') Barnes who was instrumental in her winning a state bursary to St Mary's College, Grafton. From there she went to UNE in Armidale on a Teachers College Scholarship, and after completing an arts degree and a diploma in education, taught in Wyong, Gilgandra and Young High Schools.

She travelled to Europe by ship and worked as a waitress and barmaid in Powers Hotel in Kildare St (where she met her future husband) and the Lough Swilly Hotel in Buncrana. The marriage to Kevin took place in St Brendan's Cathedral in Loughrea, Co. Galway and the pair settled in Rathmines in Dublin. Eventually two children were born: Cian, who is now a painter, and Orla who works as a counselling psychologist.

'Tyringham Park', her debut novel, took seven years to complete and was published in April, 2012, by Poolbeg Press and spent weeks on the bestsellers list. At the moment she is working on the sequel 'Twelve Thousand Miles' which will be set in both Ireland and Australia.

Artist Biography

Rosemary came late to painting, as she did to everything else. She began by doing pastel portraits of children, and later added oil and acrylic paintings of still life, landscape, interiors and people, selling her work in various galleries around Dublin. In April, 2013, she will be having her first solo show, to be held in Loretta Meagher's Leinster Gallery, South Frederick St, Dublin.

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