Dóchas Centre

Governor, Mr. Ray Murtagh
Governor, Mr. Ray Murtagh

North Circular Road, Dublin 7. Tel: 01 8858987 Fax: 01 8062824

Operational Capacity: 105
General Description: A closed, medium security prison for females aged 18 years and over. It is the committal prison for females committed on remand or sentenced from all Courts outside the Munster area.
Chaplain: Sister Esther Murphy
Visiting Committee: Ms. Anne Delaney (Chairperson) Dochas Centre, North Circular Road, Dublin 7
GPS: 53.360603, -6.268376
By Bus: The prison is located opposite the Mater Hospital near the junction at Berkeley Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7. The buses serving the prison are numbers 122,46a,38,38a,38b,120.
By Car: Check website www.aaroadwatch.ie for up to date directions.
By Train: Connolly Station is the nearest train station. Check www.irishrail.ie for service times.
Visiting Times: Normal visiting times are Monday to Saturday (excluding Tuesday) from 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm. Remand prisoners are entitled to one 15 minute visit per day. Sentenced offenders are entitled to one 30 minute visit per week. Special visits of 15 minutes duration may also be available on request. Each prisoner must nominate six adults who will visit her (there is no limit on the number of children) and those visitors must produce photographic identification on arrival at the prison. Staff will explain the visiting procedures. There is a no smoking policy in operation during the visit.

Visiting Times:

– Monday Professional visits only.
– Tuesday – No visits
– Wednesday – 10am-12pm Ordinary visits, 2pm-4pm Professional visits.
– Thursday 10am-12pm Professional visits, 2pm-4pm Ordinary visits.
– Friday 10am-12pm Ordinary visits, 2pm -4pm Professional visits.
– Saturday 10am-12pm, Ordinary visits (Remand and Sentenced).
– Sunday 10pm-12pm, Ordinary visits (Sentenced only).

The Irish Prison Service is committed to making visiting a prison as easy as possible for visitors. The Prison Service understands the importance of helping prison maintain and develop relationships with family and friends and is committed to enhancing where possible, and subject to appropriate security considerations, the visiting facilities and regimes for prisoners. All visitors should note the following:

A minimum of 48hrs notice must be given when booking.
A visit is not confirmed until a receipt email is received confirming date and time of intended visit from the prison. This should be printed off and brought with you to the prison when visiting.

To visit a prisoner in Dóchas Centre contact: Dóchas Centre – Tel: 018858954 / 01 8858955, North Circular Road, Dublin 7 or book a visit online using the form below:


Please follow this link to book a visit