Village in Munster, Ireland
Hospital (Irish: An tOspidéal or Ospidéal Ghleann Áine) is a village in east County Limerick, Ireland. It is also a civil parish in the ancient barony of Smallcounty. The village’s population was 1,206 in the 2016 census, but within a 2 km (1.2 mi) radius that number more than doubles. The village itself is situated in the townland of Barrysfarm, one of 11 in the civil parish. It lies on the River Mahore, a tributary of the River Camogue.
The village acquired its name from the crusading Knights Hospitaller who built the archaeologically significant Hospital Church here before 1215. This church has the remains of three interesting tombs, dating from the 13th and 14th centuries.
An alternative explanation, from the biography of Sir Valentine Browne, Surveyor General of Ireland (who was awarded lands in the area by Queen