The individual and collective efforts of all Oberstown staff are helping to keep COVID-19 away from the campus. We continue to observe public health guidelines on the prevention of coronavirus on and off campus and are continuously monitoring and adjusting arrangements on campus.

As a result and in line with the Government’s easing of county travel restrictions, as of Monday 12 April 2021, Oberstown Visitors’ Centre will reopen to Dublin-based family/guardian screened visits.

Unfortunately, Oberstown is not yet in a position to give a date for reopening for nationwide visits. This decision will be reviewed continually and all affected parties will be notified directly of any updates. Videolink and virtual calls will continue as normal.

For those who can visit, the following will need to be taken into account when requesting a slot for any visitor:

  • All visits will be fully screened.
  • Immediate family/guardians only.
  • Maximum of four visitors at any one time.
  • As usual, three days’ notice is required.

In the interests of the health and safety of your family members, friends and the young people in our care, Oberstown Children Detention Campus are requesting that members of the public are conscious of the dangers of the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the community.

We apologise for this interruption to our usual service and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Please contact the Visitors’ Centre directly for more information or to arrange a virtual visit.

Oberstown Children
Detention Campus,
Oberstown, Lusk,
Co. Dublin, K45 AY66.

Phone: + 353 1 852 6384 / 6388

Visiting Hours


Monday to Friday – 9am to 5pm (Virtual Visits only)

Saturday and Sunday – 9am – 7pm (Virtual Visits only)



Follow the M1 Motorway North from Dublin City. Turn off at Junction 4 signposted: Donabate/Skerries/Rush/Lusk.

Follow the roundabout signs for Rush/Lusk. Stay on this road (marked R132).

Travel North for 3 miles until you come to ‘Murtaghs’ pub on right hand side.

Take first right turn after Murtaghs pub and follow on straight for approx 1 mile.

The Oberstown Campus is situated on the left hand side (Green Gates).



What are the visiting times?
Visits take place;

Monday to Friday – CURRENTLY SUSPENDED – virtual visits only

Saturday and Sunday – CURRENTLY SUSPENDED – virtual visits only

Visits are 50 minutes long.

How do I book a visit?
You must give 3 days’ notice when booking a visit e.g. if you want to visit on Friday, you must arrange this on Tuesday. Only parents/guardians are allowed for the first 3 visits.
All adult visitors (over 18 years of age) must bring photo I.D. e.g. drivers’ license or passport. Only people named on the booking form will be allowed into the visit.

What can I bring?
You can bring a sum of money, not to exceed €10, for the young person. On arrival, staff will place the sum of money in the young person’s money file.
You may bring clothes for the young person, subject to agreement in advance of the visit. Clothes must be given to staff in the Reception area. These will be placed in a locker during the visit, checked by staff when you leave, and given to the young person.
Do not bring any food/drink items to the visit – they are not allowed.
Do not bring cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol, drugs or medicines to the visit as these items are banned from the campus. Any attempt to pass these items to a young person may result in prosecution.
Do not bring phones or cameras into the visit.

What do I do when I arrive?
Park your car in the visitors’ car park. Walk through the green gate and go to main front door of the reception building. Give your name and ID to the person behind the reception desk. You will be brought to the waiting area by a member of staff where you will be asked to place your belongings in a locker. You will then be brought to a visiting room.

Is there anything else I should be aware of?
Visits may be screened, fully supervised or partly supervised if there are any concerns arising from past visits. This may also be the case if there was an attempt during a past visit to pass a prohibited or banned article or substance to the young person, or if there was unacceptable behaviour.  This decision is at the discretion of the campus manager/director.

Under what circumstances will my visit be stopped?
Your visit will be stopped immediately if your behaviour or the behaviour of the young person you are visiting is a cause for concern or not acceptable. You will not be allowed to resume visits until you meet with a unit manager.

If you have any questions not answered here, please contact us.