St. Finbarr's Hospital

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St. Finbarr's Hospital
Health Service Executive
Location Cork, County Cork, Ireland
Care system HSE
Hospital type Maternity

St. Finbarr's Hospital is a public hospital on the South Douglas Road, Cork City, Ireland. It is the main blood donation centre in Cork City. It was also the main maternity hospital in cork, but the Cork University Maternity Hospital has since taken on maternity duties.

The hospital was originally the Workhouse for Cork city, constructed by the Poor Law Guardians in 1841; the architect was George Wilkinson, who was architect to the Poor Law Commissioners in Ireland from 1839 until 1855.[1]

After a number of extensions to the Workhouse, its name was changed to the Cork District Hospital in 1898. It later became the Cork County Home and Hospital.[2][3] In 1923 it was designated by ministerial order as responsible for the treatment of Medical, Surgical and Maternity cases, and cases of infectious and contagious diseases.[4]


  1. ^ *Brodie, Antonia; Felstead, Alison; Franklin, Jonathan; Pinfield, Leslie; Oldfield, Jane, eds. (2001). Directory of British Architects 1834–1914, L-Z. London & New York: Continuum. p. 991. ISBN 0-8264-5514-X. 
  2. ^ Browne, Sister M. Emmanuel (1989). A Tale of Two Hospitals: St. Finbarr's Hospital - Regional Hospital. Cork: D & A O'Leary. 
  3. ^ O'Mahony, Colman (1997). In the Shadows, Life in Cork 1750 – 1930. Cork: Tower Books. ISBN 0 902568 27 2. 
  4. ^ "Cork Joint County Scheme Order, 1924.". Ministry of Local Government. 28 April 1924. Retrieved 21 June 2014.