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Report - The Connacht District Lunatic Asylum - R.O.I - July 2016

Discussion in 'Asylums and Hospitals' started by sammydoublewhammy, Aug 1, 2016.

  1. sammydoublewhammy

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    Around 18 moths ago I sat down in front of my computer to look for some new places to visit on my next trip with @Camera Shy @host and @Cloth Head . Normally I would focus my search on Belgium, Germany and the other mainland European countries. This time I decided to go somewhat off piste for me and try somewhere closer to home.

    After some talk about heading to Ireland and then not going and instead going to Germany and then Belgium and France, we finally got around to going. With not many people actively looking for derelict buildings and photographing (In comparison to the U.K) them I was not sure if this place was still doable. Thankfully it was and I'm pretty happy about it. Closed in 2009, it's been left to fall apart which has meant there is lots of nice decay to be photographed. ​


    Here is some history "The Connacht District Lunatic Asylum (CDLA, now St Brigid’s Hospital), opened in Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, in 1833 and one of the earliest of the Irish district asylums. It was intended for the care of ‘curable lunatics’ and opened in a spirit of optimism with regard to its progressive role in public health. Its history, however, is one of continual struggle: to prevent the admission of unsuitable cases, to secure additional funding and to offer reasonable standards of care under difficult conditions. In common with the majority of other District Asylums, the CDLA was continually overcrowded, housing in November 1900, for example, 1,165 patients in accommodation designed to hold 840. Its evolving role in Irish society throughout the nineteenth century, then, throws some interesting light on public perceptions of the insane, the authority of the medical profession and changing social mores. The nineteenth century may fairly be described as the century of the asylum, with a worldwide growth in the institutional care of the insane. Within this large picture the Irish case is especially interesting. Ireland was one of the earliest states to embrace the asylum system, and by the end of the nineteenth century had experienced one of the most rapid proportionate growths in asylum admissions in the world. When one considers that Ireland’s population actually declined sharply from mid-century, this growth is all the more startling. Yet early advocates of asylums had neither proposed nor anticipated that institutional care should be made available on such a scale. Rather, it had been hoped that only nine 150-bed asylums would prove sufficient to care for the whole of the country, and indeed several commentators argued that this would prove a gross over-provision."




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  2. Camera Shy

    Camera Shy Old enough to know better
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    It sure ticked all the boxes, you've done a miracle culling them photo's down too, mine will be PIC HEAVY.
     
  3. AndyK

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    Lots of yummies here
     
  4. Six

    Six 28DL Regular User
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    Oh my, this is nice!
     
  5. Yorrick

    Yorrick 28DL Regular User
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    Unbelievable. Are there no scrotes in ROI?
     
  6. jST

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    Purely boss, the place the place the place the place the place. Secca
     
  7. TranKmasT

    TranKmasT We're Earth explorers
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    Very tasty indeed.
     
  8. Mr Beady

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    Excellent. Those corridors kind of remind me of St Johns
     
  9. Speed

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    Damn wish we had ventured out that way last year now! Ireland is great for Asylms
     
  10. raisinwing

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    Awesome stuff, nice to see something different too.
     
  11. JaneEyre

    JaneEyre The clumsiest explorer in Yorkshire!
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    That is such a beauty!
     
  12. Will Knot

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    ...and the work paid off.....stunning report and pics fella :thumb
     
  13. Ferox

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    This looks bloody brilliant mate. Them corridors are class. Thanks for the share, not seen this one before :thumb
     
  14. TheTimeChamber

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    That is rather lovely
     
  15. Derphouse

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    very nice SDW excellent photoings as well
     
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