WW1 Great War Centenary - Auxiliary Hospitals

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Ireland (excluding Ulster)


The Irish experience differs from England, Wales and Scotland in that there were not the Territorial Force Units trained to establish and staff Military Hospitals. The Order of St John had been active since 1904 and there were a number of trained VADs by 1914 that were mobilised to England. The Red Cross was organised on a county basis independently reporting to the Central Committee in London. Neither organisation had an Irish Committee, this was to change after a meeting with interested organisations on 10th August at the Royal Dublin Society. Ambulance services were offered by the Irish Automobile Club members using private vehicles and later ambulances. The first hospital ship the HMHS Oxfordshire docked in Cork in October 1914 with 726 wounded returning a week later with a further 650. Another 44 hospital ships would follow.

There were eleven hospitals established around Dublin and Cork. In addition, civilian hospitals provided beds and additional wards.

The three largest auxiliary hospitals were

O1533 : Dublin Castle - Entrance to State Apartments by Joseph Mischyshyn O1533 : Dublin Castle Interior - Picture Gallery by Suzanne MischyshynDublin Castle, State Apartments
- Irish Counties Hospital, Glasnevin (former Defence Ministry now Whitehall College) (O157374)
Princess Patricia Hospital, former International Hotel, Bray, destroyed by fire 1945

Other auxiliary hospitals

V9356 : Eccles Hotel by John M Glengarriff, Co Cork
St Ann's Hill Hydro, Blarney, Co Cork, demolished 1952
-Firmont House, Sallins, Co Kildare (N86152635)
N4147 : Tudenham Park House, Co. Westmeath (2) by Mike Searle Tudenham Park, nr Mullingar, Co Westmeath
-Bloomfield House, nr Mullingar, Co Westmeath (N424488)
-Balrath Bury House, nr Kells, Co Meath (N71207325)
-Linden Convalescent Home, Grove Lane, Blackrock, Dublin (O20502845)
-Temple Hill (now Neptune House), Temple Crescent, Blackrock, Dublin(O222289)
-Hermitage House (now Hermitage Golf Clubhouse) Lucan, Co Dublin (O05803595)
-Fetherstonhaugh House (now Braemor Park), Rathfarnham, Co Dublin (O15502945)

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