St. Mary's Hospital, Castlebar

St. Mary's Hospital (Irish: Ospidéal Naomh Mhuire) was a psychiatric hospital in Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland.

St. Mary's Hospital
Health Service Executive
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St. Mary's Hospital
St. Mary's Hospital, Castlebar is located in Ireland
St. Mary's Hospital, Castlebar
Shown in Ireland
LocationCastlebar, County Mayo, Ireland
Coordinates53°50′59″N 9°18′19″W / 53.84978°N 9.30523°W / 53.84978; -9.30523Coordinates: 53°50′59″N 9°18′19″W / 53.84978°N 9.30523°W / 53.84978; -9.30523
Care systemHSE
SpecialityPsychiatric hospital


The hospital, which was designed by George Wilkinson opened as the Castlebar Asylum in 1866.[1] It was extended in the late 1890s.[1] It became the Castlebar Mental Hospital in the 1920s and it went on to become St. Mary's Hospital in the 1950s.[1]

Pádraig Flynn, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, officially opened a new Industrial Therapy Unit in May 1981.[2] After the introduction of deinstitutionalisation in the late 1980s the hospital went into a period of decline[3][4] and closed in 2006.[2] The building was converted for use as the Mayo Campus of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in 1994.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Castlebar District Lunatic Asylum, Castlebar, County Mayo". National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Remembering St Mary's". Mayo News. 24 June 2008. Retrieved 29 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.