Tuesday 12 December 2017

Role of medics revealed at site of gun battle

Deirdre Reynolds

Deirdre Reynolds

A Tricolour flown over the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) during the 1916 Rising has gone on display for the first time at a new exhibition in the capital.

'Surgeons and Insurgents' commemorates the role of the RCSI in the Easter Rising.

College president Dr Declan J Magee explained: "Our building on St Stephen's Green was one of the principal sites occupied by the Volunteers, but also many of the college surgeons played important roles in treating the injured."

Running until April 17 in the city centre college, the free exhibition tells the stories of nine surgeons and nine insurgents involved in the historic battle for freedom.

The rooms where the fighting took place are frozen in time.

"Despite being a focal point for the Rising, the building and rooms occupied during Easter week remain intact as they did in 1916 and we are privileged to host this commemorative exhibition in these historical surroundings," said Dr Magee.

Meanwhile, the historic college will also host a wreath-laying ceremony on Easter Monday.

Irish Independent

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