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1916 COMMEMORA
TIONS
RISING CONNECTIONS
RICHARD DE COURCY-
WHEELER (MEDICINE,
CLASS OF 1984)
Great-grandson of William
Ireland de Courcy-Wheeler,
grand-nephew of William
Ireland de Courcy-Wheeler
(Jnr) and grandson of Harry de
Courcy-Wheeler
"My family
has a long
association
with RCSI.
Great-
grandfather,
William
Ireland de
Courcy-
Wheeler, was
President
of RCSI in
the centenary year, 1884. One of his
sons, also William Ireland de Courcy-
Wheeler, was President in 1922-1924.
At the start of World War I, he was
surgeon to Mercer's Hospital and
had a private nursing home in Upper
Fitzwilliam Street, which was used
as a hospital for wounded o cers.
In 1916, William was mentioned in
dispatches for his care of wounded
soldiers during the Rising. Grandfather,
Harry, was based at the Curragh from
1914-1921. He was called to Dublin
during the Rising and, accompanied
by nurse Elizabeth O'Farrell, he took
the surrenders of many of the rebel
leaders including Commandant Michael
Mallin and Countess Markievicz at
RCSI. Interestingly, Harry's wife, Selina,
and Constance Gore-Booth (Countess
Markievicz) were cousins and when their
youngest daughter was born, she was
christened Kathleen Constantia Gore."
MAGNUS OHMAN,
(MEDICINE, CLASS OF
1981)
Professor Magnus Ohman's
wife's father, KP O'Reilly-
Hyland, is related to Charles
Hachette Hyland
Charles Hachette Hyland received his
dentistry licence from RCSI in 1907.
When the Rising broke out, the ghting
around Percy Place, where he and his
family lived, was very intense. Despite
bullets ying from all directions, Charles
donned his white coat and ran out to
help the fallen wounded. By a tragic
twist of fate, Charles was not injured
during these excursions into danger. It
was when he was standing at his back
door on ursday, April 27, 1916, that
he was killed by a single bullet.
MARY DAVIN-POWER,
(MEDICINE, CLASS OF 1982)
Granddaughter of Jack Power
"My
grandfather,
Jack Power, was
one of the few
who survived
and came home
from the WWI
campaign in
Gallipoli , only
to be stopped
and arrested
in the street on his way home during
Easter Week, 1916 still wearing
his British Army uniform. He was
eventually released due to the fact that
the Republicans interrogating him had
been neighbours and friends before he
had le Ireland and when the country
had a very di erent political climate."
Mary Davin-Power.
Richard de Courcy-
Wheeler.
William Ireland de Courcy-Wheeler.
Professor Magnus Ohman and his wife,
Elspeth.
TWINS: JACK WOODS
(MEDICINE, CLASS OF
2012, MCH 2015, MRCSI)
AND ROBBIE WOODS (MCH
2013, MRCSI)
Great-grandchildren of
Sir Robert Henry Woods
Former President of RCSI, Sir Robert
Henry Woods, of 39 Merrion Square,
and RCSI men, Sir Arthur Ball and
Dr Charles Molyneux Benson, were
on duty at Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital.
Medical sta from the hospital came
forward, having negotiated a brief
cease re so that they could treat and
remove the wounded. It was reported
that a great deal of bravery was shown
by the medical sta , who carried over
79 wounded men, including soldiers
and insurgents, into the hospital. Sir
Robert Woods and the other medical
sta worked through the night to
ensure casualties were not higher. e
Woods family's longstanding RCSI
connections include, most recently, twin
brothers, Jack and Robbie Woods; their
grandfather,
Robert (Bobby)
Woods
(FRCSI); and,
of course,
their great-
grandfather,
Sir Robert
Henry Woods.
All three
generations of
Roberts have
specialised in
ENT.
Sir Robert Henry Woods.
Jack and Robbie Woods.
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