Clare Glynn Chitan at Ormston House

What memories linger with in these walls

What spirits visit and walk these halls

Stairs and rooms, memories from years to year

Spirit of joy and sorrow ring out in the air


Secrets, whispered from room to room

 Telling of births and deaths, now silent as the tomb.

Laughter and tears mothers voices children’s calls.

Lingering memories clinging to the walls.


Empty spaces, resonating sounds.

Old familiar Ormston House, Prominent in our town.

Little do we know what secrets it holds?

While we walk on Patrick Street, we will not be told.

– Clare Glynn Chitan


Evan Kennedy at Ormston House

In the early 90’s this was the site of Forbidden Planet Comic shop and it was geek heaven in the basement.  We would spend hours here every Saturday devouring the latest comics from the U.S. I remember how happy my brother’s best friend Niall was to get the latest issue of ‘The Maxx’. I remember the joy on his face. I remember the overwhelming smell of fresh paper, trading cards, action figures and T-shirts, coupled with the aroma of Marlboro lights and cans of coke. I remember the lovely Des who worked there and the cool blonde chick who may as well have been Tank Girl. Years later I heard that Des died tragically. Niall also left us recently. This building was a source of so much joy in sharing geek culture. The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be Brave. Live.

– Evan Kennedy