St Finian's Hospital, Killarney

Rock Road
Co Kerry


  • NIAH Ref: 21306624
  • Date: 1845 - 1850
  • Rating: Regional
  • Orig. Use: Hospital/Infirmary
  • Townland: Rock Road (off)
  • County: Kerry
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  • Last Reviewed: August 2019

Criteria for Risk

  • Vacant with no identified new use


  • Condition of Structure: Good
  • Level of Risk: Moderate


The building fabric is generally sound, and its overall condition does not necessarily place it at risk. However, its future sustained use is in doubt.

The most architecturally distinguished of the 19th century Irish mental hospitals to the design of Sir Thomas Deane. The strongly modelled architectural composition with triple gabled central block and long multi gabled wings with later additions is an attractive example of use of local stone with limestone dressings. HSE is due to vacate the building. This building urgently requires new uses to be identified to prevent further deterioration of its character.

In 2019 the site of St Finan’s hospital in Killarney, Co Kerry, had been identified to create social housing and a community nursing unit. A part of the campus is also likely to be used as a third-level outreach college.

Recommended Use

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Educational

Photograph Credit: l-tor (panaramio)

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