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National Heritage Week continues today at RCSI

20 August 2013

More than 250 members of the public are expected to take part in Historic Tours of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) this week. The tours are free of charge to the public and mark the 2013 National Heritage Week.  

Pictured is Noel Roche from Naas, Co. Kildare at the Historic Tours of RCSI, as part of National Heritage Week 2013. 

RCSI Head Porter, Frank Donegan shows attendees around the building
The tours will be led by RCSI Head Porter, Frank Donegan and will last approximately one hour. During the tour, attendees will learn the history of the College and the part it has played in both local and national history, including when the building was seized by rebels led by Constance Markievicz during the 1916 Easter Rising.

Rita Smyth from Dublin is pictured in the College Hall at the Historic Tours of RCSI.

Pictured (l-r) is Alisun Fox & Emma-May Curran examining a RCSI heritage display in the Board Room

Guests examine a bullet groove in a brass door handle in the Board Room. This bullethole was left by gunfire from the 1916 Easter Rising as British troops fired on the College from across St Stephen's Green
Tours of the building will take place at 11am and 2pm on Wednesday 21st August and Thursday 22nd August, departing from the Concourse. Demand for places on these tours has been huge as all six tours of the College are now booked up.

A visiting group take a rest in the RCSI Board Room during the National Heritage Week tours of the College. 
National Heritage Week 2013 which takes place nationwide from 17th - 25th August 2013, looks set to reach a record total of 1700 events this year, the majority of which will be free to attend. For more information on other events taking place throughout the country visit

Pictured (l-r) is Mary Neville from Stoneybatter and Eddie McElligott from Clontarf, Dublin, peering into the RCSI's President's Office during the tour of RCSI.