Even though a trip to Ireland was planned, it is unknown if Patsy actually took the trip. In 1937, unrest in Europe was well under-weigh. The article snippet posted yesterday was also wrong in stating that sister Bridget had nine children. In actuality, she had six: Martin, Mary, Edward (called Ned), Paddy, Bridget, and James. Two of Patsy’s Irish nieces and nephews, Ned and Mary stayed in the County, while the others immigrated to the Chicago area. Bridget’s oldest son, Martin, was memorialized by his son, Marty Fahey, in an article at the Historical Ballinrobe website: http://www.historicalballinrobe.com/page_id__351_path__0p26p.aspx
According to a Great Niece of Patsy’s (one of Bridget’s granddaughters who posted on a blog), Patsy and Bridget did not meet until 1969, when they were much older. If the date is correct, that would have put Patsy at 59 (not 69, as she states) and Bridget at 75. Regardless of age, it would be so strange to meet a sibling after always having been aware of one another, but raised apart, never having shared in one another’s lives. I also remember reading a newspaper snippet about Patsy welcoming a sister she’d never met from the late 60’s-early 70’s to the U.S. For some reason, I didn’t save the information. If I can find it again, I will post it.
One mystery, however, is solved. Based on this blog comment, Bridget and one other of Patsy’s sisters did stay behind to be raised by their Uncle Henry Kelly, a noted horse trainer in Ballygarris. There is a photo of Uncle Henry as well as Bridget (although very small) included in the Historical Ballinrobe article.