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1916 COMMEMORA
TIONS
RISING CONNECTIONS
hospitals for specialist treatment
despite the surrounding danger.
With sporadic ghting spread
throughout the city, medical and
surgical sta could not safely
make their way in to hospitals to
help with the increasing numbers
of casualties. e surgeons
and doctors, who were already
on duty, had to shoulder this
heavy burden. Many of these
had, and continued to have,
long associations and strong
connections with RCSI.
RISING CONNECTIONS
has symbo ic connections and associations to the isin thro h its
mni and
mni ami ies invo vement
FRANCIS TOBIN (LICENTIATE,
CLASS OF 1864, FRCSI 1882)
Lieutenant Colonel Francis Richard
Tobin, a Licentiate of the College and
loyal veteran soldier for 20 years, was
one of the surgeons involved. Tobin was
on duty in St Vincent's Hospital, located
on St Stephen's Green during the time
of the Rising. Tobin not only treated
the injured that were brought into the
hospital, he also attended the wounded
James Connolly in Dublin Castle
Hospital. A strong friendship developed
between these individuals from opposite
sides; military man and revolutionary.
A er Connolly's execution, Tobin
helped nance Connolly's only son,
Roddy's, education.
CHARLES CAMERON
(LICENTIATE, CLASS OF 1868,
FRCSI 1874)
Sir Charles
Cameron was
a Licentiate,
Fellow and
President
(1885-1886)
of the College.
In 1916 he was
86 years of age
and had held
the position
of Public
Health O cer
for Dublin
for nearly 50
years. Cameron
dedicated his
life to improving the living conditions of
Dublin's poor. In 1909, he was awarded
the Freedom of the City of Dublin for
his devoted exertion to the elimination
of diseases and the organisation of
an e cient public health system in
Dublin. In his position as Public Health
O cer for Dublin, Cameron travelled
to Frongoch Internment Camp in
Wales in December, 1916, to inspect
the conditions in which the insurgents,
who were arrested a er the surrender,
were being held. His damning report led
to much needed improvements being
introduced for the internees.
Lieutenant Colonel Richard Francis Tobin.
Sir Charles Alexander
Cameron.
CIARA SHOULDICE
(PHYSIOTHERAPY,
CLASS OF 2007)
Granddaughter
of Jack
Shouldice and
grandniece
of Frank
Shouldice
"Jack Shouldice
le his native
Ballaghaderreen,
Co Mayo, in 1899,
for employment in London. Returning
to Dublin in 1906, he joined the Irish
Volunteers in 1913 along with his
younger brother Frank. Both were part
of the 1st Battalions force occupying
the Four Courts and adjoining areas
during the Easter Rising in 1916. ey
were both also involved in the War of
Independence until the Treaty in 1921,
but neither participated in the Civil
War. Jack's part in the former, included
being a Justice of the Republican Court
in 1919/20. He
died in 1965
and Frank in
1975. ey, and
their comrades,
have been
described
inter
alia, as `men
of passionate
moderation'."
Ciara Shouldice.
Jack Shouldice.
Live bombs table found
in the College Hall.
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