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The Richmond Asylum opened to patients in 1814 in the building we know today as the Lower House.   

Francis Johnston designed it with the southern range being retained and incorporated into the new campus on the East Quad.       

Throughout the 19th century, the site evolved to become a large regional mental hospital occupying over 30 hectares of land. Additional buildings were constructed stretching to the west of the original establishment. At its height, there were 2,375 in 1896 with this figure trickling down to under 100 in 2005.

You will note the existing Clocktower can be seen in our photograph at the top of screen to the right of the heading 1900’s


Nurses Home opens in 1960’s at Grangegorman