"We were going to a place called St Ita's"

St Ita's Hospital is a large Victorian redbrick building in the sea side town of Portrane in North County Dublin. It is a long stay facility for those with intellectual disabilites and those with long-term mental illness. All asylum type facilities like St Ita's are proposed to be closed by the end of 2012. At one stage St Ita's would have held up to 1,200 patients. It was and still is a fairly grim place and very frightening for a small child to visit.

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