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RCSI to give the public an insight into life in Dublin in the Rare Ol' Times during Heritage Week

24 August 2015

More than 350 members of the public are expected to visit RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) over the next three days as National Heritage Week 2015 begins this morning at the College. This annual festival will see the College open its doors from 24th-26th August, for tours of the building, an RCSI Heritage Collections Exhibition and talk. The tours will be run at 11am, 2pm and 6pm on each of the three days and are completely free of charge to the public but registration is essential. 

Pictured is Frank Donegan, Head Porter, RCSI in the Council Chamber, giving tour of the College to members of the public as part of National Heritage Week 2015.

Guests will learn the history of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, one of Dublin's iconic buildings and how it came to be built. They will also find out about some of the individuals and events which have shaped, not just the College's history, but the local and national history over the past 230 years, including when the College was seized by rebels of the 1916 Easter Rising led by Michael Mallin and Constance Markievicz. 

Pictured is Meadhbh Murphy, RCSI Archivist giving a talk to members of the public in the Albert Thearte, RCSI as part of National Heritage Week 2015

The tours will be guided by Bryan Sheils (Front of House Manger, RCSI), Frank Donegan (Head Porter, RCSI) and Joseph Byrne (Deputy Head Porter, RCSI). Meadhbh Murphy the College's Archivist will lead the Heritage Collections exhibition and talk.

The talk, entitled ‘Dublin in the Rare Ol' Times' will look at what life was like in Dublin in the decades leading up to the 1916 Easter Rising with a particular focus on the living, health, sanitation and hospital conditions during those years. The exhibition will feature material relating to this, such as medical instruments used at the time, photos of hospital procedures and advertisements for the latest medicines.

All events for National Heritage Week 2015 at RCSI are free of charge to the public but registration is essential due to limited capacity. Register your place on these guided tours by visiting Places are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. National Heritage Week 2015 is organised by the Heritage Council and will run from the 22nd to the 30th August.

RCSI is among the top 50 most international universities in the world (Times Higher Education University World Rankings, 2014-15). It is a not-for-profit health sciences institution focused 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.