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Limerick Chapter: The Architecture of Madness in Limerick: 1777-1877

08.05.2019, 20:00 P.M.

The Architecture of Madness in Limerick: 1777-1877

To understand the evolution of lunatic treatment procedure, you have to examine the layout of the public institutions of Georgian and Victorian Limerick. This lecture will look at the architecture of those Limerick buildings which housed the insane. These included the Limerick House of Industry (now Strand Barracks), the Limerick City Jail, and the Limerick City and County Gaol (now Limerick Prison). Problems with treating patients in these institutions led to the establishment of one of the first official District Lunatic Asylums in the country, in Limerick (now St Joseph's Psychiatric Hospital). The lecture will also discuss the role played by the Limerick Workhouse (now St Camillus Hospital).

Triona Waters is a PhD Researcher and Department Assistant in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

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