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Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Explore the impact of the Easter Rising on medicine and medics when you visit the Royal College of Physicians’ historic building on Kildare St. A fascinating new exhibition, Irish Medicine in War and Revolution illustrates the involvement of medical professionals on both sides of the conflict.

Learn the extraordinary story of Dr Kathleen Lynn, chief medical officer for the rebels, who was stationed at City Hall on Easter Monday and subsequently imprisoned, first-hand from her diary, which will be launched online on the day by the RCPI.

Hear speakers including medical historian, Anne Mac Lellan, Consultant Psychiatrist, Brendan Kelly and Joseph Harbison of the School of Medicine in Trinity College Dublin as they explore a range of subjects, from cases of post-traumatic stress caused by the Rising, to the experiences of three significant female doctors (Kathleen Lynn, Ada English and Dorothy Stopford Price). Other talks on the day will explore the Rising’s negative effect on Irish science, and examine the role of women in the Rising, including Nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell. Were they comrades or handmaidens?

Please Note:

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s Lecture Hall is not wheelchair accessible.


Photograph of  The Royal College of Physicians courtesy of RTÉ Archives.


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RTÉ would like to gratefully acknowledge the support and participation of the individual speakers who were kind enough to share their research and private collections with the public as part of the RTÉ Reflecting the Rising project. A big thanks also to the many volunteers and actors who gave their time so generously to help make RTÉ Reflecting the Rising a memorable and successful day.

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