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Irish Association History

The Knights Hospitallers were brought to Ireland by Strongbow in 1174. There may have been an earlier house in the South-east. The Priory of Ireland was established at Kilmainham (now the Royal Hospital/Irish Museum of Modern Art) sometime after that date where the Order held about 600 acres of land comprising much of what is now the Phoenix Park. Read more…




Today, the Order of Malta, as a lay religious organisation, remains true to its inspiring principles “to Serve our Lords the Sick and the Poor”, which become reality through the voluntary work carried out in humanitarian assistance and medical and social activities. Today the Order carries out these activities in over 120 countries.

Since the establishment of the Ambulance Corps in Ireland, it has become a major provider of first-aid training, ambulance transport and community and elderly care services across the whole island of Ireland. With over 4,000 volunteers in over 80 locations, the Ambulance Corps offers first aid, ambulance and emergency care services in most of Ireland’s principal cities and towns, and through its youth section provides youth development, training programmes and sporting activities.


In addition to the Ambulance Corps, Order of Malta Ireland also manages and supports a  number of other charitable activities including:



There are approximately 200 members of the Irish Association which is an all island organisation. The seat of the Order in Ireland is at St John’s House, Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.


For further information on the Irish Association, please contact ph: 01 6140031

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