Investigation into fire at former psychiatric hospital

Investigation into fire at former psychiatric hospital

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Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Gardaí are investigating the cause of a fire at a protected building in Co Clare this morning.

The fire at the former Our Lady’s psychiatric hospital at Dulick in Ennis was detected at around 7.00am.

Four units of the fire brigade from the town responded to the call and on arrival located a fire in a hall adjacent to the main building.

Part of the roof collapsed into the building however firefighters soon brought the fire under control.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

The main building was constructed in the 1860’s but closed its doors in 2002. Efforts to reopen the facility as a private hospital and hotel have no materialised.

The building is a listed structure and also noted as an architectural conservation area.

Fire fighters were at the scene for several hours while a garda investigation into the cause of the blaze is now underway. 

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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