Royal Infirmary, Dublin City, Co. Dublin

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For Friday we find ourselves visiting an old friend. I worked with a man once who constantly mixed up his metaphors and he would say of this that it was a case of "veja du"! The Royal Infirmary on Infirmary Road with a wonderful collection of glassed greenhouses in the foreground, and several infirm infirmarians on the grass bank resting in the sunshine. These Royal plates really do provide the most amazing images!

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_05557

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Sep/2017 07:44:24

    Taken looking over the wall from the People's Garden in Phoenix Park. 25" shows the greenhouses.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Sep/2017 07:48:36

    From the archive, a Malton which is earlier and in colour!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/Sep/2017 07:53:01

    Per the DIA it may be by James Gandon or may be William Gibson, and opened in 1790. That Malton is from 1794 when it was brand new.

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    O Mac

    • 08/Sep/2017 08:36:54

    What became of the front door?

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    CASSIDY PHOTOGRAPHY

    • 08/Sep/2017 08:45:15

    A synonym for the Royal Infirmary could be the Royal Pain!

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    B-59

    • 08/Sep/2017 09:49:40

    Streetview Now the Irish Army Headquarters archiseek.com/2010/1786-irish-army-headquarters-phoenix-p...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Sep/2017 09:52:02

    When did we "veja du" this ?

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    B-59

    • 08/Sep/2017 09:55:36

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Here: www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6966381441/

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Sep/2017 10:21:48

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Thanks. That's a bit dim and distant ! From Archiseek (link above) - "The interior is unoriginal and much altered, the main facade also altered in the late 19th century. The infirmary was replaced by the nearby St. Bricin’s Hospital (formerly George V Hospital) in 1913." Before or after facade alterations ... ?

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 08/Sep/2017 10:42:11

    Royal Infirmary eh? With glasshouses? I hope no one is thinking of stowing thrones!

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Sep/2017 10:44:05

    Here is [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/]'s front door and porch - so pre late 1800s alterations ? [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3360593601/]

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 08/Sep/2017 12:06:32

    the Infirmary on Infirmary Rd with infirm infirmarians?

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    O Mac

    • 08/Sep/2017 12:24:15

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia] Thanks.. but what's odd is that there was originally a front door there and then there wasn't a front door there and now there is a front door there. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000547966 p.s. .... it's not my bleedin' front door..right? ok? it belongs to the bleedin hospittle. There was even a ward for "sick deserters & co. and lunitics." ( ie. the officers in charge of the front door) books.google.ie/books?id=MSRTAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA720&lp...

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 08/Sep/2017 13:15:44

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Talking of sentries, this from Trove in 1900 (I think it is intended to be humour!) - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/137944886

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 08/Sep/2017 14:37:03

    Tender for the building of a Hospital in Dublin - that shouldn't take too long. Untitled-1_12.psd

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 08/Sep/2017 14:44:35

    Tenders sought in June. "First Stone" laid in August the same year. Untitled-1_13.psd

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 08/Sep/2017 14:50:38

    11 months later - "A lot done, more to do" Untitled-1_14.psd

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 08/Sep/2017 15:04:48

    Alas, cant find any contemporary reports of patients being admitted.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Sep/2017 22:53:07

    Thanks all! Those late 18th century "notices" from [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] make fascinating reading. I wonder if a public works project (of similar scale) would proceed at a similar pace these days....