Celebrate Culture Night 2019 at the Mater Hospital

At the Mater Hospital we are very proud of our heritage and history of caring for the nation for 158 years. We are delighted to open our doors again to members of the public on Dublin Culture Night Friday 20 September 2019 from 5pm to 9pm.

On Culture Night you'll enter through our iconic doors, up the old stone steps on Eccles Street, where you will meet our staff and our University College Dublin partners who will provide fascinating information on our hospital’s history and advances in medical science. You will have the opportunity to take part in exciting interactive sessions that have been designed to suit all ages. We are also holding a Guided Walking Tour for attendees this year. We look forward to meeting you and really hope you enjoy the experience with us!

What's on for Culture Night 2019 at the Mater Hospital?


On culture Night you will have the opportunity to:
  • Review the history of the evolution of the medical specialty that is anaesthesiology
  • Discover why 70% of Mater Hospital medical activity depends on anaesthesiologists
  • Interact with life-saving airway and heart equipment used by anaesthesiology daily
  • See how innovative equipment and techniques allow patients to remain awake during surgery

Archives & Heritage

On Culture Night you will have the opportunity to:
  • View some of our historical photographs and unusual medical equipment
  • See a variety of our hospital records from over 100 years ago
  • Understand how the care of patients has changed over the years
  • Put your medical knowledge to the test and guess the modern name for the illness
  • Join our guided walking tour around the Mater campus and learn about our history from 1861 to present day. Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please email walkingtour@mater.ie to secure a place. Tours will be at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Tour duration of 40 minutes.

Dialysis – Haemodialysis / Peritoneal Dialysis

The Renal Department at the Mater Hospital provides a specialist service to patients with both Acute Kidney Injury and End Stage Kidney Disease. The department includes three areas - Haemodialysis, Peritoneal Dialysis and our Renal Day Care Unit.  

On Culture Night you will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about the history of renal replacement therapy and how technology has advanced
  • See the different types of renal replacement therapy machines and how they work
  • Learn how we remove waste products from blood
  • See what an artificial kidney looks like on the inside
  • Meet our nursing team to discuss the support provided by the renal multidisciplinary team
  • Learn about the history of kidney transplant


On Culture Night you will have the opportunity to meet our Critical Care staff and gain an insight into the care we deliver to the critically ill patient. We will provide an overview of both the Intensive Care and High Dependency units. We will discuss the holistic care provided to meet the complex needs of our critically ill patients under the following key areas:

  • Respiratory management 
  • Cardiovascular support  and monitoring 
  • Renal replacement therapy 
  • Neurological monitoring and care 
  • Nutrition
  • Psychological care and family support 
  • Our Multidisciplinary team approach to care 
  • Transport of the Critically ill patient 
  • Education –there is ongoing education affiliated with University College Dublin to ensure our patients receive the best evidenced based care that meets International standards.



The Microbiology department at the Mater Hospital provides a diagnostic service in the investigation of bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections. 
On Culture Night you will have the opportunity to:
  • Meet members of our Microbiology Team
  • Learn about good and bad bacteria
  • See how clean your hands ‘really are’
  • Learn about the processes involved in isolating and identifying bacteria
  • Take part in our quiz.

Medical Social Work

The Medical Social Work Department is celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2019 and we look forward to meeting you on Culture Night. 
On Culture Night you have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about the history of social work and varied areas that social workers work in
  • Learn about the development of medical social work in the Mater Hospital
  • Discover which supports and services we provide to our patients and families
  • Take part in our quiz to guess which famous person is a social worker.

Nursing, Overseas Nurses & Oncology/Haematology Nursing

On Culture Night you will have the opportunity to:
  • Come and view our nursing uniforms, from Past to Present
  • Observe the variety of instruments in use through the ages
  • Meet Mater Hospital nurses from different countries/ nationalities
  • Learn the history of overseas nurse recruitment in the Mater Hospital
  • Participate in a simple ‘mix & match’ game of words/ phrase translation in different languages
  • See demonstrations on how chemotherapy is given and the devices used
  • View an information video on how Immunotherapy works as a cancer treatment
  • View an information video on Chemotherapy Side Effects
  • Meet the staff from the Daffodil Centre who can offer advice on Cancer Prevention and Health Promotion 


On Culture Night you will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about what makes the Mater Hospital pharmacy so special 
  • Learn about medicines that have transformed patients’ lives 
  • Experience how patient treatments have changed over the years
  • Learn about medicines that come from strange places
  • Meet our leeches, they are still used to treat patients in the Mater
  • Find out some fun pharmacy facts and take part in our quiz
  • See how the pharmacy service has changed over the years
  • Examine the role of technology in Pharmacy
  • Explore the different ways that medicines can be given
  • Hear how Pharmacists were famous for making their own secret recipe medicines.  On the night you can make your own secret recipe cream – what is your secret ingredient?


On Culture Night you will have the opportunity to:
  • Meet members of our Physiotherapy Team
  • Learn how movement is medicine
  • Find out how our practice has changed throughout the years 
  • Discover the role of respiratory physiotherapy 
  • Test your balance, strength and flexibility – find your strengths or weaknesses
  • Join in on our balance, yoga or HIIT class on the night 
  • Part take in our interactive quiz and test your knowledge of the human body 
  • Meet physiotherapy students from UCD.


On Culture Night you will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about the study of the mind and human behaviour. You will understand how psychology describes, understands and can help change behaviour
  • Learn about experimental psychology and some famous experiments
  • Learn how our thoughts, emotions and behaviour are connected and how one impacts the other
  • Learn mindfulness techniques
  • Take part in fun psychological tests
  • Join us in a story time and be a psychologist for the evening


The Rheumatology Department at the Mater Hospital consists of a multidisciplinary team who care for patients with Inflammatory Arthritis, Autoimmune conditions and Musculoskeletal Disorders. 
On Culture Night you will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about arthritis
  • Preview an exciting new photo exhibition of how people live with and manage rheumatoid arthritis in their daily lives
  • See how the patient’s voice is being included in research and learn about ways to become involved

Transformation Office

On Culture Night you will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about how the Mater Hospital is working with the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) to bring design thinking and creativity into the hospital. 
  • See examples of our collaborative projects where NCAD masters students have worked in partnership with Mater staff to solve a range of healthcare challenges.


On Culture Night you will have the opportunity to:
  • Take a walk through the history of surgery
  • Discover how technology shapes modern surgery
  • See how precision surgery is used to treat common cancers 
  • Meet our Surgeons and medical students who play a key role in planning the future of healthcare
  • Understand how innovation plays a key role in ensuring safe and effective healthcare
  • Debate the use of  technology, 3d printing, robotic-assistance and artificial intelligence in current and near-future practice
  • Have a go at handling and manipulating surgical tools used in minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery
  • Experience the crucial team-working needed to operate safely on people's internal organs to cure their diseases

Tissue Viability

On Culture night you will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn the history of Wound Care and Tissue Viability in the Mater
  • Learn some old and new treatments for managing wounds including our maggots and honey dressings
  • Learn how you can keep your skin healthy