Rev Ralph Wilde, while Rector at Drumsnat Anglican Church, County Monaghan, allowed Emily & Mary Wilde to attend a party at Drumaconnor House where they both suffered severe burns which ended their lives. They are buried at nearby Drumsnat Church & a new legible headstone has been erected enabling the many visitors to understand the tragedy. A story exists about the "Lady in Black", believed to be the mother of the two ladies. She came every year on the anniversary of their deaths, took a taxi from Monaghan Railway Station and visited the grave. Nobody discovered her identity but is is known that she travelled from Dublin. Sir William Wilde, a notable "eye surgeon" was the father of the two Wilde girls, & it is believed that he had an affair with the "Lady in Black". Rev Ralph Wilde had reared the Wilde sisters as his own and he was transferred shortly after the tragedy. The "Lady in Black" is reputed to have worn a veil always, thus concealing her identity, stayed a short time at the grave & returned by train to Dublin on the same day. Sir William Wilde is noted as a Surgeon Occulist to her Majesty the Queen, founder of St. Mark's Opthalmic Hospital, was an M.D., F.R.C.S.I & his wife, Jane Francesca was a poet & dramatist.
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