Humphrys genealogy

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  The Garden Lodge

The Garden Lodge (interior)

The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Co.Dublin

The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, W of Dublin city centre.
Founded by 1st Duke of Ormonde (died 1688) for the care of old soldiers.
It was inspired by the Hotel des Invalides in Paris.
Building started 1680, opened 1684.
The 1st Duke's arms are on the N front, looking over the gardens.
It is Dublin's first major classical building.

The gardens date from early 1700s.
The Garden Lodge was built c.1734.
Heuston Station, then called Kingsbridge Station, and the GSWR line opened at the back of the house (to the N) in 1846.

Michael Flanagan (later an Alderman) lived in the Garden Lodge for a time.
He is listed at the "Royal Hospital" in 1867 and 1868.
Family story was always that he lived in the Garden Lodge.
It is unclear how he ended up there and what he was doing there.

The Royal Hospital was handed over to the Free State in 1922.
The remaining pensioners left and the hospital closed in 1929.
It fell into decay in the mid-20th century.

It was finally restored.
Beautiful restoration of main building finished in 1984, like a new building suddenly arose in Dublin.
Although the interior was gutted to house the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

A view of Dublin by Thomas Bate, 1690s.
Shows the new Royal Hospital.
Possibly shows an old building where the Garden Lodge now is, though it is hard to see here. The Garden Lodge is meant to be later.

The Royal Hospital and the Garden Lodge.
Insert on John Rocque's map of Dublin, 1757.

The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, on John Rocque's map of Dublin, 1757.
The Garden Lodge exists.

"A View of Dublin from Chapelizod" (1795-98) by William Ashford.
The Garden Lodge seems to be visible.
See full resolution. From here.
Now in the [NGI].

The Royal Hospital and the Garden Lodge on 1797 map of Dublin.
See larger.

The Garden Lodge, N end of the garden of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.
On 1829 to 1842 map.
No railway yet exists.
The road along the side and back of the garden runs into the Royal Artillery Barracks to the W.
This barracks was later called Islandbridge Barracks, and then Clancy Barracks. It is now closed and being re-developed.

The Garden Lodge and the lane that ran past it.
Ordnance Survey of Ireland. Map created: 1838. Modified: 1847.
Railway now exists (visible on larger map). The lane running into the barracks goes under the railway.
St. John's Road does not yet exist.
From here.

The Garden Lodge.
Close-up of above.

The Garden Lodge on map of c.1850 from
St. John's Road now exists.
It looks like the old barracks road is now cut off.

Marriage of Michael Flanagan and Anne Collins, 19 Aug 1866.
Michael Flanagan is living "Kilmainham". He may be already living at the Royal Hospital.

Birth of Willie Flanagan at the Royal Hospital, 10 Apr 1867.

Birth of Lizzie Flanagan at the Royal Hospital, 5 July 1868.

The Garden Lodge on 1887 to 1913 map.
The old barracks road has been removed.

The Garden Lodge. Satellite view.
Click to toggle map/satellite view. Click to zoom in/out. Drag to move.
From Google Maps.

The Royal Hospital, from the garden (view from under the Garden Lodge).
Photo 2007. See full size.
From here. See terms of use.

The Royal Hospital, from the garden.
Photo 2006. See full size. From here.
See similar 2007 photo from here.
See 2023 photo of steps. And close-up.

The Royal Hospital, lying empty, 1977.
View from W avenue.
See full size. From here. Used with permission.


Short movie about the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.
From the RHK site.
Used here with the kind permission of the RHK.

Short movie about the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.
From Dublin City Public Libraries.

Movie of courtyard.
From Also here.
Starts in SE corner. Rotates to S side (museum) to W side (avenue) to N side, ends in NE corner.



Sources yet to be consulted


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