St. Joseph's Hospital, Limerick

St. Joseph's Hospital (Irish: Ospidéal Naomh Seosamh) is a psychiatric hospital in Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland.

St. Joseph's Hospital
Health Service Executive
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St. Joseph's Hospital
St. Joseph's Hospital, Limerick is located in Ireland
St. Joseph's Hospital, Limerick
Shown in Ireland
LocationLimerick, County Limerick, Ireland
Coordinates52°39′27″N 8°36′58″W / 52.65758°N 8.61619°W / 52.65758; -8.61619Coordinates: 52°39′27″N 8°36′58″W / 52.65758°N 8.61619°W / 52.65758; -8.61619
Care systemHSE
SpecialityPsychiatric hospital


The hospital, which was designed by Francis Johnston and William Murphy, opened as the Limerick Asylum in January 1827.[1] It became Limerick Mental Hospital in the 1920s and went on to become St. Joseph's Hospital in the 1950s.[1] After the introduction of deinstitutionalisation in the late 1980s the hospital went into a period of decline.[2][3] However, despite calls for its closure,[4] the hospital continues to offer rehabilitation services.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Saint Joseph's Hospital, Mulgrave Street, Limerick, Limerick City". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  2. ^ "After the Asylum". Irish Times. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "Experts say mental hospital must close". Irish Examiner. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Mental Health Services in Limerick". Health Service Executive. Retrieved 30 May 2019.