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 these historical events, the College remembered this unique period in its history, with a series of special commemorative events. This essay (and associated website) has been 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.

Written by historian Dr Mary McAuliffe, this newly researched historical account reveals, for the first time, the extent to which the lives of the surgeons and insurgents were intertwined.

Surgeons and Insurgents: RCSI and the Easter Rising, Mary McAuliffe, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Dublin, 2016.