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Royal City of Dublin Hospital

Coordinates: 53°20′02″N 6°14′38″W / 53.3338°N 6.2440°W / 53.3338; -6.2440
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Royal City of Dublin Hospital
Health Service Executive
Royal City of Dublin Hospital
Royal City of Dublin Hospital is located in Central Dublin
Royal City of Dublin Hospital
Shown in Dublin
LocationDublin, Ireland
Coordinates53°20′02″N 6°14′38″W / 53.3338°N 6.2440°W / 53.3338; -6.2440
ListsHospitals in the Republic of Ireland

The Royal City of Dublin Hospital (Irish: Ospidéal Ríoga Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath) was a health facility on Baggot Street, Dublin, Ireland. The building from which the hospital operated, which was vacant as of early 2024, is a protected structure.[1]



The hospital was first established by a group of doctors from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland as the Baggot Street Hospital in 1832.[2] In the early years of the hospital, attending consultant surgeons included the anatomist John Houston.[3]

The hospital was extended and the current façade of red brick and terracotta tiles was added, based on the designs of Albert Edward Murray, in 1893.[4] It was renamed the Royal City of Dublin Hospital following a visit by Princess Alexandra in 1900.[5]

After services were transferred to St. James's Hospital, the hospital closed in 1986.[6][7] Although part of the building continued to be used for community services and some clinics, the Health Service Executive (HSE) closed these services in 2019.[8]

While, in 2023, it was proposed that part of the building be used for the provision of primary care services,[9] as of 2024 the building remained vacant.[1] Though, as of April 2024, the HSE was reputedly still considering "using the Haddington Road side of the hospital site as the location for a new primary care centre", the remainder of the property was in poor condition and reportedly unsuitable for refurbishment for healthcare use.[1] At that time, the HSE stated that the property was included on its schedule of vacant properties and "State register for disposal".[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Former Baggot Street Hospital is surplus to requirements and on register for disposal, says HSE". Irish Times. 4 April 2024. Retrieved 21 April 2024.
  2. ^ "An Irishman's Diary". Irish Times. 25 February 2008. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  3. ^ Houston, John (1844). "On the microscopic pathology of cancer". Medical Press Office.
  4. ^ "Albert Edward Murray". Edmonson Architects. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  5. ^ Davis Coakley (1995). Baggot Street: A Short History of the Royal City of Dublin Hospital
  6. ^ "Hospital To Be Community Care Centre 1987". RTÉ. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Baggot Street hospital could generate €14 million". Irish Times. 16 September 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Priceless landmark the HSE is letting rot". Irish Independent. 7 August 2022. Retrieved 21 April 2024.
  9. ^ "Primary care centre planned for Baggot Street hospital despite calls to turn vacant building into refugee accommodation". Irish Independent. 9 September 2023. Retrieved 21 April 2024.