Jervis Street Hospital

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Jervis Street Hospital
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The old Jervis Street Hospital, now a shopping centre
Jervis Street Hospital is located in Central Dublin
Jervis Street Hospital
Shown in Dublin
LocationJervis Street, Dublin, Ireland
Coordinates53°20′56″N 6°15′59″W / 53.348936°N 6.266276°W / 53.348936; -6.266276Coordinates: 53°20′56″N 6°15′59″W / 53.348936°N 6.266276°W / 53.348936; -6.266276
Care systemHSE
Hospital typeGeneral Hospital

Jervis Street Hospital (Irish: Ospidéal Shráid Jervis) was a hospital in Jervis Street in Dublin, Ireland. The site of the hospital became the Jervis Shopping Centre.


The hospital was founded by six Dublin surgeons, George Duany, Patrick Kelly, Nathaniel Handson, John Dowdall, Francis Donany and Peter Brenan, at their own expense, as the Charitable Infirmary in Cook Street, Dublin, in 1718. The hospital moved to a larger premises on King's Inn's Quay in 1728.[1]

In 1786, when the new Four Courts were about to be erected on the quays, an agreement was reached with the Earl of Charlemont to allow the hospital to move into his former mansion at 14 Jervis Street, which happened in October 1796. Some time afterwards alterations were made in the house to convert it for hospital purposes. The hospital occupied a central place in the most populous part of the city, being close to the markets, railway termini, goods stores and the shipping.[2]

In 1854 the nursing and internal management were placed under the control of the Sisters of Mercy.[3] The hospital was rebuilt and enlarged to a design by Charles Geoghegan in the 1880s.[3]

The hospital staged Araby, an oriental fête, in 1894, to raise much-needed funds. The name, Araby, would live as the title of one of James Joyce's short stories in Dubliners.[4]

After services were transferred to the Beaumont Hospital, the Jervis Street Hospital closed in November 1987.[5] The site of the hospital was redeveloped in the early 1990s to create the Jervis Shopping Centre with only the facade of the original hospital remaining.[3]

Notable physicians[edit]

Notable physicians included:

  • Robert Adams (1791-1875), elected surgeon in the 1820s.[6]
  • Dominic Corrigan (1802-1880), qualified as an MD in Edinburgh, and then appointed physician to the hospital, which had only six medical beds at the time. He was later elected Liberal MP for Dublin and was five times president of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.[7]
  • John King Forest (1804-1882), appointed surgeon to the hospital and also to the Theatre Royal, Dublin.[8]
  • Stephen Myles MacSwiney, M.D. (died 1890), elected Fellow of the College of Physicians and member of the Royal Irish Academy. His first professional appointment was Resident Medical Officer at St. Vincent's Hospital, Dublin. He was afterwards physician to Jervis Street Hospital. He filled with marked ability a chair of Medical jurisprudence, and contributed papers to the Dublin Journal of Medical Science, the Irish Hospital Gazette, and the Medical Press and Circular.[8]
  • Sir William Thompson (1861 - 1926), physician in the hospital in the early part of the 20th century. He served as Registrar General for Ireland from 1909 to 1926.[9]


  1. ^ Somerville-Large, p. 172
  2. ^ Collin, Chapter V
  3. ^ a b c "Jervis Street Hospital". Archiseek. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Araby Bazaar". James Joyce. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Beaumont Hospital 1987-2017 Recollections at 30 years". Irish Medical Times. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  6. ^ Fitzgerald, Thomas W. H. (2010). Ireland and Her People: A Library of Irish Biography. Nabu Press. ISBN 978-1141981694.
  7. ^ O'Brien, 1984
  8. ^ a b Fitzpatrick, 1900, Chapter XVII
  9. ^ Sweeney, Paul; Rankin, Kieran; Keating, Bill. "Biographical Portraits of the Past Presidents of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland" (PDF). The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland. Retrieved 18 February 2015.


Further reading[edit]

  • Fleetwood, John F (1983). The History of Medicine in Ireland. Dublin: Skellig Press.

External links[edit]

Media related to Jervis Street, Dublin at Wikimedia Commons