posted 2 Feb 2016, 19:18
In the days before scientific advances and the accompanying rise of modern conveniences made life easier, people born with severely limiting disabilities relied very much upon compassion, understanding and networks of support in order to make their way in the world. A soon to be published volume of memoirs, Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee, is a personal account of someone who overcame disability, never allowing it to limit his outlook or narrow his horizons.
Out of desperation was born the motivation to embrace the philosophy of physical and mental compensation: by finding a faculty for the one he lost or never had. Rex is living proof that this can overcome most obstacles to leading a normal and independent life. It has in his own words been ‘a privileged existence’. - friend and colleague, Peter McKevitt (from the Foreword to this edition)
Rex’s story is also the story of Ireland as a country striving to assert itself on the world stage, overcoming barriers and obstacles that history had put in the way. Indeed, it is a story that charts the changing and ever-evolving nature of Irish society. His account spans much of period following Independence. Through his own involvement and activism (including work with organisations such as Macra na Feirme and the Irish Farmers' Association), he both witnessed and played a part in the making and shaping of the Irish society that has been handed down to us today.
Melodies at Eventide by Rex Lee is published by The Manuscript Publisher. The book will be formally launched by Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardos Ireland, on Tuesday, 9 February at Kells Public Library (corner of Maudlin Street and Carrick Street, Kells, Co. Meath). Details can be downloaded here. The evening commences at 7pm. Light refreshments will be available and copies of Rex’s memoir will be on sale. It can also be pre-ordered online.