Born in County Cavan, Republic of Ireland Patricia has a degree in Social Science from the Open University. She lived in Dublin and West Africa before
Born in County Cavan, Ireland, Patricia obtained an Open University degree in the Social Sciences. She aand her husband worked in Sierra Leone for two years before returning to Ireland where they went to live in the North of Ireland in 1970. During the early nineties Patricia taught classes in a Northern Ireland prison, Magilligan, before her appointment to the Board of Visitors of Maghaberry prison, where she served in a monitoring role for another twelve years. She is married to Séan Farren, a former minister in the Northern Ireland Executive.