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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.

The original Surgeons & Insurgents exhibition was researched and curated by Meadhbh Murphy, RCSI archivist with the assistance of Catherine de Courcy as text editor.

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