Hospital, County Limerick

Hospital (Irish: An tOspidéal or Ospidéal Ghleann Áine)[2] is a village in east County Limerick, Ireland. It is also a civil parish in the ancient barony of Smallcounty.[3] The village's population was 653 as of the 2016 census.[1] The village itself is situated in the townland of Barrysfarm,[4] one of 11 in the civil parish. It lies on the River Mahore, a tributary of the River Camogue.

Irish: An tOspidéal
Hospital is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°28′00″N 8°26′00″W / 52.46667°N 8.4333°W / 52.46667; -8.4333
CountyCounty Limerick
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceR703356

Name edit

Hospital church

The village acquired its name from the crusading Knights Hospitaller who built the archaeologically significant Hospital Church here before 1215.[2] This church has the remains of three tombs, dating from the 13th and 14th centuries.[citation needed]

An alternative explanation, from the biography of Sir Valentine Browne, Surveyor General of Ireland (who was awarded lands in the area by Queen Elizabeth I of England), is that the village anciently formed part of the parish of Aney, and derived its name from a hospital for Knights Templar, founded in 1226 by Geoffry de Marisco, then Lord Justice of Ireland.[citation needed]

Transport edit

The "Old Cork Road" from Limerick to Mitchelstown and Cork (also known today as the R513) passes through the village.

Amenities edit

The village's secondary school was completed in 2000 and, as of 2018, had around 1,000 students.[5] There is also a primary school which was completed in the summer of 2004. Hospital is also home to one of Limerick's Youthreach schools. The village had six public houses in 2017, but this has now reduced to 3 (April 2024). The village shares a GAA club (Hospital-Herbertstown GAA) with the village of Herbertstown. Former Limerick GAA captain Damien Reale is a member of the club. Hospital soccer team was founded in 1881 by Sir P.J. Butler. Formerly known as Hospital Crusaders, today it is called Kilfrush Crusaders. Other recreational bodies include the local tennis and handball clubs.

Hospital also has an active Family Resource Centre, located on Knockainey Road.

There is a stone circle nearby at Ballinamona.

The village celebrated the 800th Anniversary of its foundation in 2015.

Development edit

In 2006, Limerick County Council published a local area development plan for Hospital which laid out plans and proposals for the future expansion of the village.[6]

Notable people edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Sapmap Area - Settlements - Hospital". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office. April 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b "An tOspidéal/Hospital". (in Irish). Retrieved 7 March 2023.
  3. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland - civil parish of Hospital.
  4. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland - townland of Barrysfarm
  5. ^ "Whole School Evaluation Report - John The Baptist Community School, Hospital, Co Limerick" (PDF). Department of Education. 11 May 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Hospital, County Limerick – Local Area Plan" (PDF). November 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 November 2007.
  7. ^ Mackay, Ronan "Outlawe (Utlagh), Roger" Cambridge Dictionary of Irish Biography 2009