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Surgeons & Insurgents Exhibition

RCSI played a unique historical role in the events of the 1916 Easter Rising. On Easter Monday, 1916, RCSI was occupied by members of the Irish Citizen Army, Cumann na mBan, the Irish Volunteers and Na Fianna, under the command of Michael Mallin. At the same time, surgeons associated with RCSI in surrounding hospitals worked tirelessly through Easter Week, treating the injured, regardless of which side they had fought on during the rebellion.

In 2016, 100 years on from the historical events of the Easter Rising, the College remembered this unique period in its history, with a series of special commemorative events. A physical exhibition, essay, lecture series and associated website were created to explore, in more detail, some of the fascinating human stories of the surgeons and insurgents associated with the 1916 Easter Rising and RCSI.

The original Surgeons & Insurgents exhibition was researched and curated by Meadhbh Murphy, RCSI archivist with the assistance of Catherine de Courcy as text editor. The essay, a newly researched historical account which reveals, for the first time, the extent to which the lives of the surgeons and insurgents were intertwined was written by Dr Mary McAuliffe – Surgeons and Insurgents: RCSI and the Easter Rising, Mary McAuliffe, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Dublin, 2016. The website was created in collaboration with Caoimhe Burke, MA Digital Humanities, An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

Surgeons & Insurgents Online Exhibition

Surgeons & Insurgents Lecture Series



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