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.
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.
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.
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.