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Carlow County Infirmary

Dublin Road

Carlow Infirmary front elevation
Carlow Infirmary c.1956 where the Sacred Hearth Old Folks home is now

The County Carlow Infirmary was designed by architect John B. Keane in 1838. It consisted of two floors. The Surgery, post operative wards for males and females, Matron’s quarters, kitchen and larder and the ‘Dead House’ were on the ground floor. The upper floor contained three male wards, two female wards and a nurses ward. There were separate courtyards for males and females out of doors. The image on the left shows the central portion of the building designed in the Jacobean style. It was flanked by two gabled wings. Over each window was a drip mould. The builder for the project was James Johnston. The building has since been demolished.

Note from Michael Purcell:

The above picture of the Carlow Infirmary was among the Browne-Clayton papers presented in 2008 by Robert Browne-Clayton.  Carlow County Hospital on the Dublin Road better known as "the Infirmary", built circa 1835 by voluntary subscription, it was suggested at the time of building that the hospital be named The Princess Victoria Infirmary.. Upon completion the Browne-Clayton family furnished the hospital with beds, cooking equipment and furniture and supported the running of it for many years. Food and medicine supplies were paid for by voluntary subscription with funding provided mainly from the clergy, doctors and the gentry. The staffing and administration of the hospital was funded from the annual Presentments to the Grand Jury based upon recommendations from a board of governors.

In 1898 the Local Government Act passed responsibility for the running of the hospital to Carlow County Council aided by government grants. Up to the 1950s the Browne-Clayton family provided presents and seasonal fare every Christmas and Easter for the staff and patients. I think the hospital closed in the early 1970s ?. The building has been demolished and today the Sacred Heart Hospital for the elderly occupies the site.

Source: Carlow Museum website


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