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  • Author:
    Hanna Greally
  • ISBN:
    1855942100
  • ISBN13:
    978-1855942103
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  • Publisher:
    Attic Press (July 6, 2009)
  • Pages:
    160 pages
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    Ethnic & National
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Hanna Greally spent the best part of the 1940s and 1950s incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital in the Irish Midlands. In Birds Nest Soup she recounts with vivid detail the terrible suffering she endured there.

Hanna Greally spent the best part of the 1940s and 1950s incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital in the Irish Midlands. Though mentally well, and accepted as such by the authorities, she was condemned to life in an atmosphere calculated to bring about the steady degradation of the person. But Hanna lived to tell this remarkable and poignant tale of survival.

Authors: Greally, Hanna. Publisher: Cork University Press. Hanna Greally (Also Known As Johanna or Joan Greally) Was Born in Athlone in 1925. Read full description. See details and exclusions. Country of Publication. Biographies & Autobiographies.

Hanna Greally (born Johanna Catherine Greally; 21 March 1924 – 15 August 1987) was an Irish writer who was .

Hanna Greally (born Johanna Catherine Greally; 21 March 1924 – 15 August 1987) was an Irish writer who was detained against her will in St. Loman's Hospital in Mullingar, County Westmeath for almost two decades. A well-known local poet, there is an award named after her called the Hanna Greally International Literary Awards, with the first inception being in 2007.

In her first book Birds Nest Soup she recounted with vivid detail the terrible suffering she endured there. Here her story continues as she is restored to citizenship and to personal autonomy. She is the author of Bird's Nest Soup (Attic Press).

In Birds Nest Soup she recounts with vivid detail the terrible suffering she endured .

In Birds Nest Soup she recounts with vivid detail the terrible suffering she endured there. This pair of highly affecting books work on two levels: primarily autobiography they are also valuable windows onto Irish social history. Bird s Nest Soup chronicles Hanna Greally s almost 20 years as an involuntary patient in St Loman s psychiatric hospital near Mullingar. She was 19 when admitted in the early 1940s and was not released until 1962. Why she was there is never clear.

But Hanna lived to tell this remarkable and poignant tale of survival  –this sums up the horrendous.

But Hanna lived to tell this remarkable and poignant tale of survival  –this sums up the horrendous situation in which Hanna Greally found herself for the best part of twenty years. She saw what she anticipated was a short rest in the Big House, St. Loman’s psychiatric hospital in Mullingar stretch and stretch as it became clear to her that none of her relatives surviving after her mother’s unexpected death had any intention of applying for her release.

Bird's Nest Soup - Hanna Greally. This re-publication of Hanna Greally’s Bird’s Nest Soup is a cause for celebration

Bird's Nest Soup - Hanna Greally. This re-publication of Hanna Greally’s Bird’s Nest Soup is a cause for celebration.

Hanna Greally died on 15th August 1987. Bird’s Nest Soup was published twice, in 1971 and again in 1987. It explores her experience in hospital and her life afterwards as a member of the local community. It’s now out of print but copies can be borrowed from Roscommon public library. Extracts from the book are used in the documentary with permission from Cork University Press.

In Birds Nest Soup Hanna Greally recounts with vivid detail the terrible suffering she endured in a psychiatric hospital in the Irish Midlands in the 1940s and 50s. ""Mentally well, but unclaimed"" sums up her horrendous situation for the best part of twenty years. What she anticipated as a short rest in the `Big House' was repeatedly prolonged as it became clear that after her mother's unexpected death none of her relatives had any intention of applying for her release. She survived this Kafka-esque situation emotionally and physically whole, and when a more enlightened system was introduced, she regained her freedom through a rehabilitation institute in 1962.

Wooden Purple Romeo
While having researched social history of this period it was nice to get an honest and factual insight into the experience of an inmate of one of these institutions. It also gave an insight into the mind set of people of that era, in so far as whatever the family/patients were told they did not question and went along with some horrific treatments because the professionals were always right in what they said and did.
Wetiwavas
It was an interesting story which helped publicise the things that were happening at the time and the difficulties people with mental illness experienced in their lives all of which was mostly hidden from view.
Haal
Gives an insight of what patients experience during their stay in a psychiatric hospital..especially in the past and now if some things are still carried out the same as before.