St. Dympna's Hospital

St. Dympna's Hospital (Irish: Ospidéal Naomh Dympna) is a psychiatric hospital located in Carlow, County Carlow, Ireland.

St. Dympna's Hospital
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St. Dympna's Hospital
St. Dympna's Hospital is located in Ireland
St. Dympna's Hospital
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LocationCarlow, County Carlow, Ireland
Coordinates52°50′32″N 6°55′38″W / 52.8422°N 6.9272°W / 52.8422; -6.9272Coordinates: 52°50′32″N 6°55′38″W / 52.8422°N 6.9272°W / 52.8422; -6.9272
Care systemHSE
Emergency departmentNo
SpecialityPsychiatric hospital


The hospital, which was designed by Francis Johnston, opened as the Carlow District Lunatic Asylum in 1832.[1] It became Carlow Mental Hospital in 1925 and, having been re-named St. Dympna's Hospital, after St. Dympna, the patron saint of mental illness, in 1958, it was taken over by the Department of Health in 1971.[2] After the introduction of deinstitutionalisation in the late 1980s the hospital went into a period of decline.[3][4] Kelvin Grove, a modern residential unit for adult clients with learning difficulties, opened on the site in 2008.[5] The main hospital closed in October 2011.[6]

Patient servicesEdit

Services include out-patient clinics, day care facilities, addiction counselling, and a community hostel.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Survey of Hospital Archives in Ireland" (PDF). National Archives. p. 12. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  2. ^ "St. Dympna's Hospital". Ireland Genealogical Projects. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  3. ^ "After the Asylum". Irish Times. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Kelvin Grove, St. Dympna's Hospital, Carlow". Garland Consultancy. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Hospital closures pave way for new mental health premises at Portrane". Irish Times. 8 July 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  7. ^ "HSE Guide: Carlow/Kilkenny" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  8. ^ "Mental Health Services in Carlow and Kilkenny". Health Service Executive. Retrieved 25 May 2019.

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