Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Walk the Surgeons' Halls and learn about RCSI's Beguiling & Brilliant Medics through the ages

22 July 2014

Register now for National Heritage Week events at RCSI

RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) will run a series of historic public talks and tours of the main building at St. Stephen's Green as part of National Heritage Week this August. A lecture and two tours of the College will take place each day on Wednesday 27th August, Thursday 28th August and Friday 29th August completely free of charge to the public.

Pictured (l-r) is Frank Donegan, Head Porter, RCSI; Prof Clive Lee, Head of Department of Anatomy, RCSI; Meadhbh Murphy, Archivist, Mercer Library; Mr Joe Duignan, retired Consultant Surgeon; and Bryan Sheils, Deputy Head Porter, RCSI. 
This follows on from the success of the 2013 Heritage Week activities at RCSI, where free public tours of the building on St Stephen's Green finished as a national runner-up in the ‘Best Interactive Event' category. This year, as well as the tours, on each of the three days, RCSI will host a lecture that highlight's different aspects of the College's illustrious heritage. The topics of these lectures, to be held in the Albert Lecture Theatre on each evening at 6pm, will be:

• "Beguiling and Brilliant: The Medics of RCSI" by Meadhbh Murphy, Archivist at the RCSI Mercer Library - Wednesday 27th August
• "The Role of Surgeons in World War I" by Mr Joe Duignan, retired Consultant Surgeon and former member of the RCSI Council - Thursday 28th August
• "Surgeons' Halls" by Professor Clive Lee, Head of RCSI Department of Anatomy - Friday 29th August

The historic tours of RCSI will be led by Head and Deputy Head Porters, Frank Donegan and Bryan Sheils, will last approximately one hour. During the tour attendees will learn the history of the College, the local area and the part it has played in Irish history including when the building was seized by rebels led by Michael Mallin and Constance Markievicz during the 1916 Easter Rising. All tours will commence daily at 11am and 4pm sharp.

The tour meeting point is at the front lobby of the York Street entrance to RCSI at 123 St. Stephen's Green. Attendees are asked to meet at 10.45am and 3.45pm on each occasion. All activities free of charge to the public but registration is essential. To register for the lectures and guided tours visit Places are limited and will be distributed on a first come - first served basis.

All three lectures and historic tours of RCSI are run in conjunction with National Heritage Week, an annual programme of over 1,500 events which take place during the last week of August each year. National Heritage Week 2014 is organised by the Heritage Council and will run from the 23rd to the 31st of August.

RCSI is a not-for-profit health sciences institute which focuses on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health worldwide. RCSI is headquartered in Dublin and is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland. In 2010, RCSI was granted independent degree awarding status by the State, which enables the College to award degrees alongside its traditional powers to award licentiates.