This book is a collection of studies on mental health services in Ireland, from the beginning of the 19th century to the present day. In addition to an analysis of overall trends in patient numbers and an exploration of the development of mental health law on the island of Ireland (North and South), there are studies on individual hospitals. These include: the famous nursing strike at Monaghan Asylum in 1919 * extracts from Speedwell, a hospital newsletter from the 1960s * an exploration of diseases, such as beriberi and tuberculosis at Dundrum and Richmond in the 1890s * the experiences of Irish emigrants who found themselves in asylums in Australia and New Zealand. The book also includes a discussion of mental health services in Ireland from 1959 to 2010, the first time such a chronology has been published.