Wednesday 7 December 2016

Rotunda Hospital plays host to 'Birth of a Nation'

Published 07/03/2016 | 02:30

Prof Fergal Malone, Master of the Rotunda Hospital, Sabina Higgins and Anne M O’Byrne, head librarian at the hospital, at the opening of the ‘Birth of a Nation’ exhibition yesterday. Photo: Photocall
Prof Fergal Malone, Master of the Rotunda Hospital, Sabina Higgins and Anne M O’Byrne, head librarian at the hospital, at the opening of the ‘Birth of a Nation’ exhibition yesterday. Photo: Photocall

Dublin's Rotunda Hospital has been the scene of thousands of births down through the years, and now, a new 1916 exhibition will show how the maternity hospital was instrumental in the 'Birth of a Nation'.

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Sabina Higgins formally opened the exhibition which, for the first time, showcases the lives of a number of extraordinary medical women from 1916.

Through a series of never before seen photographs, diaries and specially commissioned video footage, the public will be introduced to the women of the Rising at the Rotunda, who went on to become important figures in Irish medical history.

Among them is Dr Kathleen Lynch, a member of the Irish Citizen Army who described herself to an arresting officer as "a Red Cross doctor and a belligerent", and Mary O'Shea, a midwife who witnessed the surrender of the Rising leaders on the grounds of the Rotunda.

'The Rotunda: Birth of a Nation' runs until March 31.

Irish Independent

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