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Patsy O'Hara

Patsy O'Hara

July 1988 - a turning point in Patsy's life

Patsy O'Hara

"I was 42 years of age and everything I owned fitted into a carrier bag. I knew that things would either change, or I would die"

The Story

Patsy had spent a lifetime struggling with alcoholism and depression. He had lost everything that he had cared about. "All the people I had loved had fled from me", he says. He was attending a therapist and the day's plan was to walk in nature - not to plan ahead but just allow himself to see where he was led. He ended up in an old graveyard. Although there was nothing much attractive about it he felt drawn in. There he found something that touched him and changed his outlook on life.

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Name: Glenn Ooney
Date: 24/09/2007
Comment: I loved it, really well told and a credit to you, congratulations

Name: Hugo MacOscar
Date: 24/10/2007
Comment: Lovely story Patsy, told of course with your usual, softly spoken gentle style.Would be great to hear some more from you?

Name: Liz Weir
Date: 03/11/2007
Comment: I was very moved by this story - honest , personal, reflective, inspiring....a grand example of the importance of those  special moments of time.

Name: Joe Kelly
Date: 24/09/2007
Comment: Hi Patsy. I didnt realise. We brushed past each other at the Rural College like ships in the night and I never knew what you'd been through. Your blue flower experience reminds me of Thomas Hardy's poem, The Darkling Thrush. Well told.

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"Somewhere deep inside me I knew that this would be a defining moment in my life". - Patsy O'Hara
A snap shot from the animation of Patsy's story
'Little Blue Flower'
A snap shot from the animation of Patsy's story

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