An operatic search for Rosemary Kennedy - The Galway Advertiser

Wednesday, 19 June, 2019

World premiere of new work from Brian Irvine and Netia Jones at GIAF 19

THE NAMES John F Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy are iconic in American politics, and throughout the decades have continued to resonate, but there were other Kennedy children, not least of whom was Rosemary Kennedy.

Rose Marie 'Rosemary' Kennedy (1918 – 2005 ), the elder sister of Jack and Bobby, was intellectually disabled and as a young adult, experienced seizures and violent mood swings. In response, her father, the controversial Joe Kennedy, arranged a prefrontal lobotomy. The procedure failed, leaving the 23-year-old permanently incapacitated and unable to speak intelligibly. She spent most of the rest of her life being cared for in an institution in Wisconsin.

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