St James (Dublin)

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aka The Old Soldier's Hospital, Dublin
aka The Old Soldier's Hospital, Dublin

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham (built 1680) is the oldest classical building in Ireland. Based on Les Invalides in Paris, it predates its sister hospital in Chelsea by two years. In 1690, it began looking after army pensioners from the Battle of the Boyne. (Yes, it's that old). The last pensioner to reside here was moved to Chelsea in 1927. It then served as Garda Headquarters from 1930 to 1950 after which it fell into disrepair. Renovations began in 1980, and since 1991, the RHK became home to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and also hosts numerous prestigious events.


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Health or Medical


  • My G.G.Grandfather was in this hospital about 1830-1840, he was George Adamson Stanley.


    Kathryn Harris

    Kathryn Harris

    Wednesday 6th May 2020 01:35AM

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