Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

About Mater Misericordiae Hospital

The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital is one of Ireland’s largest, busiest and most distinguished acute academic teaching hospitals. It plays a vital role in the provision of adult acute care services serving Dublin's north inner city as well as delivering national specialist and tertiary referral for the country. 

Founded as a charitable voluntary hospital in 1861 by Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy, it is one of the country’s longest established hospitals.  It has been one of Ireland’s foremost centres for medical, nursing and allied health professional training and has been a teaching partner to the University since its foundation.

The hospital forms part of the Mater Misericordiae & Children’s University Hospital group and is a founding member of Dublin Academic Medical Centre, Ireland’s first academic health system founded in 2006 in conjunction with St Vincent’s Healthcare Group and University College Dublin.

Clinical Services

The hospital has approximately 600 beds including day beds and serves an immediate population in its local catchment area of approximately 185,000. It is the national centre for:

Other clinical specialties include but are not limited to cardiology, ophthalmology, haematology / oncology, nephrology, urology, infectious diseasespsychiatry, ear nose and throat, rheumatology, diabetes and endocrinology, neurology and stroke care, a multidisciplinary breast care centrerespiratory medicine, vascular surgery, interventional radiologyemergency and intensive care medicine, plastic surgery, general and colo-rectal surgery, orthopaedics, medicine for the elderly, pain and palliative care medicine.

Student Perspective

For our medical students, the hospital is a primary location for their clinical education and training in medicine and surgery as well as for medical internship, basic medical and subsequent higher specialist training. Approximately 120 students undertake their primary clinical training at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, rotating through medical and surgical specialties at the hospital and elsewhere within our clinical training network. 

Having one of Ireland's leading radiology centres and being one of the first locations for the national Breast Cancer Screening programme, the hospital is also an important clinical training centre for our radiography students. Students typically attend structured clinical training sessions at the hospital during Year 3 and Year 4 of their degree programme.

The hospital is one of two locations of the UCD Clinical Research Centre, Ireland's first academic-led research unit to be approved by the Irish Medicines Board for the conduct of clinical trials and investigator-led investigations.

Staff at the hospital also provide advanced specialist training across a number of programme areas including

  • Advanced education and training of general practitioners (North Dublin GP Training Scheme)
  • Clinical translational research
  • Dermatology
  • Psychotherapy

Healthcare Leadership

The Mater has been a pioneer in healthcare since its foundation and its staff continue this proud tradition of clinical leadership.  Some of the hospital's highlights include, but are not limited to:

  • First open heart surgery in Ireland led by Prof Eoin O'Malley (1957)
  • National Cardiac Unit (1971)
  • First heart transplant in Ireland  (1985)
  • National Spinal Injuries Centre (1998)
  • First Breast Cancer Screening centre (2000)
  • First lung transplant in Ireland (2004)
  • Ireland's most successful Clinical Research Centre (2005)
  • Co-founder of Ireland's first academic medical centre, Dublin Academic Medical Centre (2007)
  • Ireland's Largest 24 hour 'On Call' Accident & Emergency Centre