Patients and former patients of St. Senan's Hospital have come up with an impressive way of saying goodbye to the soon to close facility on the outskirts of Enniscorthy. A team of 29 contributors, all mental health service users, have been included in a book which collects their memories and emotions about the place,
Under the leadership of compiler Sylvia Cullen, 'Climbing Mountains in our Minds' has been assembled to present a series of sometimes dark, often poignant memories of the building that has dominated Brownswood for more than 150 years. And the creative efforts of the writers have been supplemented by a wonderful series of photographs taken by Rory Nolan.
The notion of assembling the views of the patients came from photographer Nolan and nurse Miriam Lambert. They found ready collaborators in the Arts Ability
The writing group led by Sylvia Cullen since 2007, have already published the very well received collection of writing 'The Hill of the Wild Berries'.
Their latest effort will be launched by award winning poet David Lordan at a reception in the KTAC centre on the hospital lane at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 29. The launch has the makings of a good party, with live jazz and refreshments promised, as well as the opportunity to talk to the writers.
Hospital manager Stephanie Lynch commented: 'As we move to towards the closure date of this institution, it is vital that the stories and journeys that its passengers experienced are reflected and recorded.'