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Author: Paul O'Brien
ISBN: 978-1-908056-08-5 52pp + cover. A5. Cover colour, text black and white €5
The Royal Hospital in Kilmainham, Dublin, is one of the finest examples of 17th century architecture in Ireland.
Close to Dublin’s city centre, surrounded by former military barracks, magazines and auxiliary military buildings, this was the first
major public building to be constructed in Dublin and the British army’s first landmark building in the capital. It has been part of Irish and British history for over three centuries.
A retirement home for former and invalided soldiers who had served in the British army, the Royal Hospital also housed the
Commander-in-Chief of British crown forces in Ireland.
As well as its original function, the building has played host to a number of events that have encompassed Royalty, Presidents and Heads of State from around the world since its completion in 1686 up to the present day.