St. Davnet's Hospital (Irish: Ospidéal Naomh Damhnait) is a psychiatric hospital in Monaghan, County Monaghan, Republic of Ireland.

St. Davnet's Hospital
Health Service Executive
Chapels at St. Davnet's Hospital
St. Davnet's Hospital is located in Ireland
St. Davnet's Hospital
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LocationMonaghan, County Monaghan, Ireland
Coordinates54°15′04″N 6°57′30″W / 54.2510°N 6.9582°W / 54.2510; -6.9582
Care systemHSE
SpecialityPsychiatric hospital



The hospital, which was designed by John McCurdy, was opened as the Cavan and Monaghan District Lunatic Asylum in 1869.[1][2] Two chapels were built, one for Catholic patients and the other for Protestant patients, and these were renovated by William Alphonsus Scott in 1910.[3]

The Irish republican, Peadar O'Donnell, was regarded as the first Irish person to use the term "occupation" in relation to the occupation of a workplace, when he and the staff of the hospital occupied the site in 1919. "The occupation was, in fact, the first action in Ireland to describe itself as a soviet, and the Red Flag was raised above the hospital."[4] It became Monaghan Mental Hospital in the late 1920s and St. Davnet's Hospital in the 1950s.[5]

After the introduction of deinstitutionalisation in the late 1980s the hospital went into a period of decline[6][7] and activities became focused on Blackwater House.[8]


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  4. ^ "Political asylum – An Irishman's Diary on mental health and the Monaghan Soviet". Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  5. ^ NicGabhann, Niamh (28 August 2015). "Difficult Histories". Medical Humanities. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  6. ^ "After the Asylum". Irish Times. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  7. ^ Cotter, Noelle (2009). "Transfer of Care? A Critical Analysis of Post-Release Psychiatric Care for Prisoners in the Cork Region" (PDF). University College Cork. p. 5. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Inspection of Monaghan's Blackwater House raises numerous concerns". Northern Sound. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2019.