Jervis Street Hospital

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Jervis Street Hospital, Dublin
Jervis Street Hospital, doorway detail

Jervis Street Hospital was a former hospital in Dublin, Ireland, that became part of Beaumont Hospital, which was completed in 1987. The site of the hospital in Jervis Street became the Jervis Shopping Centre.


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

In 1786, when the new Four Courts were about to be erected on the quays, a bargain was made with the Earl of Charlemont to move into his former mansion at 14 Jervis Street, and the Infirmary moved there in October 1796. Some time afterwards alterations were made in the house to suit it for hospital purposes. The hospital occupied a central place in the most populous part of the city, also 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. The hospital was rebuilt and enlarged in 1877.[2]

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.

Notable physicians[edit]

  • Robert Adams (1791-1875) was elected surgeon in the 1820s.[3]
  • Dominic Corrigan (1802-1880): after his return to Dublin from Edinburgh, where he qualified as an MD, he was 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.[4]
  • Stephen Myles MacSwiney, M.D., 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. He died in 1890.[5]
  • John King Forest was Surgeon to the hospital and also to the Theatre Royal, Dublin, who died on 17 April 1882, aged 78 years.[5]
  • Sir William Thompson (1861 - 1926) was a physician in the hospital in the early part of the 20th century. He later became Registrar General for Ireland from 1909 to 1926.


  1. ^ Peter Somerville-Large, Dublin: The First Thousand Years. Appletree Press, Belfast, 1988 p. 172
  2. ^ a b James Collin :Life in Old Dublin. James Duffy & Co., Dublin 1913, Chapter V. [1]
  3. ^ Ireland and Her People: A Library of Irish Biography By Thomas W. H. Fitzgerald
  4. ^ O'Brien, 1984
  5. ^ a b Fitzpatrick, 1900, Chapter XVII
  • Fleetwood, John F (1983). The History of Medicine in Ireland. Dublin: Skellig Press.
  • O'Brien, E (1984). "Sir Dominic Corrigan (1802-1880): doctor and parliamentarian". Studies. Studies. 73 (290): 146–58. ISSN 0039-3495. PMID 11636081.
  • Fitzpatrick, William J (1900). The History of the Dublin Catholic Cemeteries. Dublin: Cemetery Board.

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