Lucan talk sure to be a treat for lovers of local history

by Padraig Conlon

Lucan Local History presents a talk not to be missed by lovers of local history.

A recently launched new book “150 Years of Stewarts Care – The Pathway to the Present” written by Pat O’Donoghue delves into the long and fascinating history of Stewart’s Hospital from 1869 to the present day.

Pat will give a talk in Lucan Library later this month about his new book and will enlighten us about the history of one of Ireland’s famous hospitals from the 19th Century to the present day.

His excellently complied book documents the work and endeavour of the organisations founders who set out to fulfil their primary objective, the education and training of persons with an intellectual disability.

Stewarts Care derives its name from its founder, Dr. Henry Hutchinson Stewart, the son of a Rector of Donabate Parish.

Throughout his career Stewart held several medical positions amongst them Medical Consultant in a hospital now known as Beaumont.

Among the patients he cared for in the hospital were many elderly mentally disabled people.

Stewart was deeply affected by their situation and over the next decade he worked hard to assemble a committee of highly motivated and influential medical and business professionals.

This led in 1869 to the first 12 residents coming to “Stewarts” in Palmerstown.

In his book Pat details the many challenges faced by the first management committee and how they were overcome and shows how Stewarts Care was sustained through the its early years by voluntary contributions from the Irish people.

The talk takes place in Lucan Library Tuesday, January 21 from 7 – 8 pm and you can book by contacting the Library or booking through Eventbrite.

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