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Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin City where some of the saddest stories are daily matched by miracles of medical, surgical and nursing care! The hospital and the area surrounding it have changed considerably in the intervening 70ish years.

Photographer: Alexander Campbell “Monkey” Morgan

Collection: Morgan Aerial Photographic Collection

Date: ca. 1954 -1957 Most likely September to November 1956

NLI Ref: NPA MOR2633

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 02/Mar/2022 08:28:18

    Remarkable lack of activity and vehicles. "The hospital, which was built on land donated by the Archbishop of Dublin, was designed by Robinson Keefe Devane and officially opened as Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in 1956 ..." From - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Health_Ireland_at_Crumlin

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 02/Mar/2022 08:39:40

    There is also a slightly earlier photo (from the relative position of the truck and car bottom centre) which shows three double-decker buses in a classic bus bunch* - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000737508/ *See - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_bunching

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    derangedlemur

    • 02/Mar/2022 08:40:07

    It's very empty looking, but the top of the chimney is blackened, so it's already in business.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 02/Mar/2022 08:44:59

    Crikey, it has grown since! Google maps satellite 3D - www.google.com/maps/@53.3240248,-6.3153816,257a,35y,310.3...

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Mar/2022 08:45:11

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia I think there was a "mini terminus" where you see the three busses. https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] It looks to me like it is early morning, long shadows and people making their way to work?

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    John Spooner

    • 02/Mar/2022 09:22:36

    Opened on 21st November 1956 by Minister of Health, Mr. O'Higgins, and blessed by His Grace, the Most Rev. John C. McQuaid, D.D. Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland. It was opened 21 years after the initiation of the project. The first patients were due to arrive on the 27th. There were 308 patients' beds, of which 100 were for medical patients, 100 surgical, 51 infants, 16 isolation patients, 20 for private patients, 16 ENT and 5 miscellaneous. The nurses home had beds for 149 student nurses, 20 in double and the rest in singe rooms. There were also 20 single rooms for senior nurses and a flat for the matron, plus two bedrooms with private bathrooms (purpose unspecified). The convent accommodated about 30 nuns. (from Catholic Standard - Friday 23 November 1956)

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    John Spooner

    • 02/Mar/2022 09:36:21

    I've got a name. "Miss Catherine Flood, Kells, was among the twenty-nine nurses on whom were conferred format membership of the student body at a ceremony in Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin" (Drogheda Argus and Leinster Journal - Saturday 14 December 1957). So that's 1 down, 148 to go.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Mar/2022 10:58:37

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner We must be very close to the opening day, a little before I would think?

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    [email protected]

    • 02/Mar/2022 11:37:33

     Lovely pic ;-)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Mar/2022 14:49:51

    The catalogue says 1956 September

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Mar/2022 14:55:49

    Morgan made more than one visit, catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000735322 has site prefabs/huts and scaffolding which have been cleared in todays shot.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 02/Mar/2022 15:32:32

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland North is at top right corner, so the sun is a bit west of south - maybe 2pm in September.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Mar/2022 18:57:18

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Thanks!

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 02/Mar/2022 20:43:25

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland Yes. It is still odd that there is little sign of activity. Trucks delivering supplies and equipment; builder's stuff going; doctors, nurses, and administrators cars and bicycles; ambulances etc. Perhaps it was a Sunday?

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    John Spooner

    • 03/Mar/2022 10:58:26

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland I think it's right. The buildings look finished and pristine, but staff have yet to take up residence, and patients are yet to arrive. Early enough in the morning so no sign of any decorators or other trades applying the final touches. Or as Beachie suggested, a Sunday. But after opening, there would be signs of people there whatever the day or time of day, because it was a 24-hour wait for it operation.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Mar/2022 06:27:28

    catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000735322 (linked earlier) shows that the row of buildings backing onto the hospital at lower left was (then, as now) a row of shops (Errigal Rd.). This is an earlier date with construction ongoing, and the shadows indicate it is in the middle of the day, but there is still no great amount of builders visible. The shops are open, so that one is not a Sunday. A crowd is waiting for the buses. Maybe Morgan flew by on Saturdays?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 04/Mar/2022 06:37:54

    Here is a 3rd visit, slightly more scaffolding: catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000733412 Between the other 2 I think, based on ruins cleared near the bus stop. That day, at least some bosses were on site, 6 cars near the site huts.

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    Aidrean S

    • 14/Mar/2022 11:04:49

    It first opened its doors in 1956 and was specifically designed to care for and treat sick children. Bed accommodation provided in the original design of the hospital was 324 beds and currently 233 beds and cots are in use including 44 day case beds. The hospital is also involved in the teaching of medical personnel. It is a tradition that All-Ireland champions visit the hospital after the final. When the Dublin senior ladies' football team won the 2019 All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championship Final, the team included Rachel Ruddy who works as a physiotherapist at the hospital. Ruddy hosted her Dublin teammates during their visit. Source: Wikipedia.