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Our new home this year will be Royal Hospital Kilmainham!
RHK is one of the finest 17th-century buildings in Ireland. It was built in 1680 by royal command and predates its sister, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, by just two years. This is the oldest classical building in Ireland and was based on Les Invalides in Paris.
When it was built, the hospital housed just 20 people although it was designed for 400 (at times through history it housed up to 2,500). In 1690, they began looking after army pensioners from the Battle Of The Boyne.
In 1922 the RHK was handed over to the Irish Free State and five years later the last pensioner was moved to Chelsea. It served as Garda Headquarters from 1930 to 1950 but fell into disrepair.
In 1980 it was renovated, at a cost of IR£3 million. It took four years – which is as long as it took to originally build it three centuries before.
The beautiful gardens here were originally used for medicinal purposes but over time they became the private gardens of the Master of the RHK who was in charge of the British Army in Ireland at that time.
In 1991, the RHK became home to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) which explains all of those stunning sculptures you’ll see around the hospital’s 48 acres.
Today they host one prestige event at a time, including weddings, conferences, product launches, gala banquets, exhibitions and concerts.
If the RHK looks familiar that’s because it has been used for many movies and TV shows, including most recently The Tudors.
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