Asylum: Inside Grangegorman BOOKED OUT Brendan Kelly in conversation with Caelainn Hogan

  • Sunday 12th November @ 12:30 pm
  • The Printworks, Dublin Castle
  • Free

    Join author and Professor of Psychiatry Brendan Kelly in discussion about his latest book with writer and journalist Caelainn Hogan. In 1814, the Richmond Lunatic Asylum at Grangegorman started an extraordinary programme of asylum building across Ireland, resulting in a huge increase in ‘mental hospitals’ around the country. Through letters, medical records and doctors’ notes,  Asylum: Inside Grangegorman (Royal Irish Academy) gives us a glimpse inside Grangegorman and the lives of those who lived and worked there. 

    This event is booked out, however as it is a free event people may not turn up on the day and we will allow walk-ups on the day subject to availability and based on first come, first serve.


    Brendan Kelly is Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, Consultant Psychiatrist at Tallaght University Hospital, Dublin, and UCD Visiting Full Clinical Professor at UCD School of Medicine, University College Dublin. In addition to his medical degree (MB BCh BAO), he holds masters degrees in epidemiology (MSc), healthcare management (MA), and Buddhist studies (MA), and an MA (jure officii) from Trinity College Dublin; doctorates in medicine (MD), history (PhD), governance (DGov), and law (PhD); and a higher doctorate in history (DLitt). He has authored and co-authored over 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals, over 600 non-peer-reviewed publications, 21 book chapters and book contributions, and 17 books (11 as sole author). His recent books include ‘Asylum: Inside Grangegorman’ (2023). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, and Trinity College Dublin. In 2018, he became Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry and in 2020 was elected as Dun’s Librarian at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

    Caelainn Hogan is a writer and journalist from Dublin. Her first book Republic of Shame investigates the ongoing legacy of Ireland’s religious-run, state-funded institutions and the shame -industrial complex that incarcerated “fallen” women and their children. She has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, National Geographic, The Guardian, VICE, Harper’s, The Washington Post, The Dublin Review and more.