Tragic Tale of the Forgotten Rosemary Kennedy - The Irish Examiner

Friday, 12 July, 2019
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A new operatic piece devised by composer Brian Irvine and video designer Netia Jones tells the story of Rosemary Kennedy, writes Cathy Desmond.

Mention the name Rose Kennedy and you might assume that the Kennedy referred to is the matriarch of the political dynasty whose children included an American president, an attorney-general, a senator, and an ambassador to Ireland.

Plans to name a new bridge in Co Wexford after Rose Fitzgerald-Kennedy to reflect the strong ties of the area to the iconic American-Irish family have led to some rancorous debate at county council meetings in the south-east recently.

However, it is not the story of the mother but that of the daughter named after her who provides the inspiration for a new operatic piece devised by composer Brian Irvine and video designer, Netia Jones.

In Least Like The Other, the tragic events of the life of the eldest daughter of Joe and Rose Kennedy are brought to stage in a new piece of experimental musical theatre that will premiere at Galway Arts Festival.

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