The Rotunda Hospital Dublin

Virtual Culture Night 2023

What’s On

The historic Rotunda Chapel is the jewel in the crown of the world’s oldest maternity hospital. Situated to the north of O’Connell Street, it maintains a special place in the day-to-day life of patients and staff of the hospital.

This Culture Night, we offer our followers a rare opportunity to learn about the beautiful Chapel and the history of one of Dublin’s most recognisable landmarks.

We’ve prepared some online material to give you a taste of this unique space. The recorded videos highlight the architecture, design and history of the Chapel and are presented by Professor Michael Geary, Clinic Director of the Rotunda Hospital and former Master and Anne O’Byrne Head of Library Services at the Rotunda Hospital.

Two Hundred And Seventy Eight Years.

Almost One Million Babies.

One Maternity Hospital.

This Culture Night get a behind the scenes look at the jewel in the crown of The Rotunda – the Chapel, and let Prof Mike Geary, former Master, tell the story of Bartholomew Mosse and how The Rotunda came to be. 

In our second Culture Night video, our Head Librarian Anne takes us through the fascinating life of Bartholomew Mosse, the dreamer and visionary that gave everything to build The Rotunda, and care for the women and babies of Dublin 278 years ago.

After founding the first ‘Rotunda’ on South Great Georges St, Bartholomew Mosse put his mind to building a purpose built Maternity Hospital at the top of Great Britain Street (now known as Parnell St), and we’re still here today.

In our final video for Culture Night , Prof Geary describes the unique features of the Rotunda Chapel, a calm and quiet haven in the busiest maternity hospital in Ireland, a jewel in the crown of The Rotunda.

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