Rotunda Hospital building & Gate Theatre

Photo of Rotunda maternity hospital located on Parnell street, adjoining O'Connell street & Dublin city centre. Rotunda hospital was founded by Bartholomew Mosse (1712-1759) construction began in 1751 & completed in 1757 (ref: James Malton's Dublin). Richard Cassels the building's architect, also designed Leinster House. At that time the Rotunda was the largest lying-in hospital in the British Isles.
Rotunda Hospital, Parnell street Dublin Ireland image
Rotunda Hospital, Parnell street Dublin.
Antique Rotunda Gardens balooning publicity poster
The Rotunda originally had several public areas for hosting social and fundraising events such as baloon-ascents, it was a charitable institution & dependent on public donations. The publicity poster above advertises one such event on Easter Monday 24th April 1848, with an ascent & parachute jump from the Irish National Baloon "Erin go Brath".
Gate Theatre Dublin
The Gate Theatre, where the Rotunda supper rooms were located. The theatre was founded in 1928 by Micheál MacLiammóir & Hilton Edwards.
 
Gate theatre, O'Connell Street & Dublin Spire in background
View of Gate Theatre & Dublin Spire.
Rotunda rooms 1795, antique Dublin print by James Malton
Rotunda Rooms Dublin 1795.
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