Our History & Ethos
On the 29th of April 1807 the representatives of the Yearly Meeting of Friends in Ireland met to consider “the expediency of providing accommodation for Friends who may be afflicted with disorders of the mind”. In 1810 Bloomfield in Donnybrook Dublin 4 was purchased.
It was then renovated and extended and on the 16th of March 1812 the first patient was admitted.
Bloomfield moved from Donnybrook Dublin 4 to its current location in Rathfarnham in 2005. This facilitated the continued provision of clinical treatment and care but in a new state of the art facility.
Bloomfield has changed a lot since 1812 but its original mission of providing person-centric treatment and care, based on core Quaker principles has remained the same. Running through everything we strive to achieve in Bloomfield, our core principles are:
Our vision and purpose is to provide a ‘caring community’ where the quality of life of all our patients and residents, their family members and friends, our care teams and guests/visitors will be enriched through mutual respect and empathy for one another.
We strive to achieve this by valuing the dignity, privacy, needs, wisdom and individual faith/beliefs of each person through a policy of open communication among all members of our community.
To ensure we continue to be a centre of excellence and learning, we foster research and training and encourage our care teams to continue on their journey of learning.
The Religious Society of Friends (QUAKERS)
Quakerism is rooted in Christianity. Currently, there are just over 1,500 members in Ireland.
The centre of Quaker spiritual life is the Sunday Meeting for Worship. Since their foundation in the 17th century, Quakers have been encouraged to walk cheerfully over the world, answering to that of God in everyone.
Quakers have great diversity of belief, and their belief is that while words can divide us, the shared experience of silent worship, seeking to practice Christ’s message of love and compassion unites us.
Quakers meet together in silence believing that the Holy Spirit, however perceived, will lead them to worship. Any person who feels moved to do so may speak at the meeting. Quakers believe that God exists in everyone, so that anyone can experience divine love and guidance.
For further information see Quakers in Ireland »