Her sister and brother-in-law Catherine
and Charles Drummond
organized the private funeral. A death notice appeared three days later in the Irish Times, but it made no reference to her successful literary career.
Kahn, Helena Kelleher. Late Nineteenth-Century Ireland’s Political and Religious Controversies in the Fiction of May Laffan Hartley. ELT, 2005.
Laffan used the royalties of her second novel, The Hon. Miss Ferrard, for her own further education and the education of her only surviving younger sister, Catherine
. She attended Alexandra College
Little is known about her life from this moment until her death. Bloomfield was a private institution for families with money, and had large and elegant grounds; the patients were not treated harshly. ML