By Carmel O’Callaghan

Dr. Denis Harding moved into The Laurels’, Barrack Street, initially renting it from Dr. Cusack until his house in Liverpool sold. He was born in 1901 in Limerick Prison where his father was chief warden. He registered as a doctor on 15th Feb 1924. He moved to England where he met and married Marie Therese Duffy. Their daughter Monica was born there in 1935. On 17 April 1951 his wife Marie Teresa died, she was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery. They moved to Dublin while Monica boarded in Loreto College where she completed her Leaving Cert in 1952. They moved back to Liverpool
where Monica who was taught graphology by her father, (he was a forensic graphologist). She became an agony aunt for a national glossy magazine, using graphology to probe to the root of her readers’ problems. She was also health/medical correspondent on the Liverpool Echo for over ten years. She has written many books.
Dr. Harding died in 1959 aged 57.