"The very first time was when we went to St Dympna's in Broadstone"

St Dympna's was a national school and hospital run by a religious order in Broadstone in north city Dublin. Children were segregated into male and female schools and although Veronica and Liam still slept in the same bed at night they had seperate lives during the school day. There must have been a ferocious sense of abandonment. Children in the Sixties and early Seventies were not prepared for school in any way .Dympna was the daughter of a pagan Irish chief in medieval times and was murdered by him when he turned his attentions to her after the death of her mother. Dympna horrified, fled but her father found her in Belgium and decapitated her when she refused to return with him. She is regarded as a patron saint of those with mental disorders or those who have suffered incest.