Map of Dublin in 1916


Map of Dublin in 1916


Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI)


A map and accompanying narrative, stating RCSI's relationship with St. Stephen's Green, both of which were instrumental locations in the narrative of the 1916 Rising. The map was part of the exhibition in order to contextualise RCSI in the greater story of the Rising.

St. Stephen's Green and its grand houses are a reminder of the splendour of Georgian Dublin. The Green was laid out during the eighteenth-century expansion of the city. Initially for the private use of residents and businesses on the Green, including RCSI, it was opened to the public on 27 July, 1880, despite their joint objections. In 1916, it had manicured lawns and low-level hedging with fewer trees lining the perimeter.
From the south, St Stephen's Green was an important junction for several major access routes into the city. Roads leading from leeson Street, Portabello via Harcourt Street, and Baggot Street coverge here and led the planners of the 1916 Riding to regard it as a vital and strategic location. Taking control of the Green would allow the insurgents to impede British army reinforcements arriving in the city centre.
At 1pm on Easter Monday Mr Miller, Registrar of the College, phoned James Duncan, the College Porter, and instructed him to lock the doors. Oblivious to the mayhem around him, John Freeman Knott, a member of the College staff, arrived for his daily visit. Duncan opened the front door slightly to expalin to Knott that the College was closed. At that moment, Markievicz was leading a group towards RCSI in the hope of taking it. She seized the opportunity and forced her way past Duncan and into the College. She was accompanied by Frank Robbins, Fred Ryan (who was shot dead on Wednesday), John Joe Hendrick, Lily Kempson, David O'Leary and Mary (May) Hyland. james Duncan and his family were locked into a small room in his quarters. RCSI was now under the control of the insugents.'


Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI)


RCSI 'Surgeons and Insurgents' Exhibition.


Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI)


31 March 2016


Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI)


Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI), 123 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland


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Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI), “Map of Dublin in 1916,” RCSI, accessed August 17, 2022,

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