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Temple Street Children’s Hospital: An Illustrated History

Temple Street Children’s Hospital: An Illustrated History
  • Temple Street Children's Hospital


A brilliantly illustrated new book on the history of Dublin's Temple Street Children's Hospital featuring the voices of those who have worked there.

Founded in 1872, Temple Street Children’s Hospital is now one of Ireland’s best recognised children’s hospitals. From the nurses who used to smuggle ‘Penny Horribles’ onto the wards, to the child whose journey to Dublin took seven hours on a turf-fired train, memories of Temple Street Children’s Hospital are as rich as they are varied. Today, the old buildings still resonate with stories but one tradition has not changed – a deep commitment to the well-being of Irish children.

Drawing on sparkling interviews with past patients, retired staff members and others, this book takes a unique look past the hall door to uncover the life of a place that started as a private residence but has since become a world-class hospital.

Illustrated throughout by beautiful photographs and images from the history, past and present of the hospital, Temple Street Children’s Hospital: An Illustrated History is a beautiful and engaging tribute to this brilliant institution and its wonderful staff.

‘In his latest book, Temple Street Children’s Hospital: An Illustrated History, Kennerk explores the rich past that characterises the hospital…The dedication of the staff and tradition of caring for the children comes through in the stories presented in the book. In addition to the interviews, the book also features photographs of past patients, nurses, and others in the hospital.’ – Totally Dublin

About the author
Barry Kennerk has worked in Temple Street Children’s Hospital for the past seven years and during that time, he has amassed a wealth of archival material and has written consistently on matters of historical interest for the hospital’s staff magazine. Other articles have also appeared from time to time in the Northside People and Ireland’s Own. More widely, he has produced a number of peer-reviewed journal articles on the history of medicine. His forthcoming article on one of the founding doctors of Temple Street Hospital, Thomas More Madden was published in the Journal of Medical Biography in spring 2013.


Barry Kennerk


Hardback C-Format





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Additional Information

Weight .550 g
Dimensions .215 × .135 × .20 mm


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