Five Historical Events that took place at No. 6 Kildare Street in the last year
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Five Historical Events that took place at No. 6 Kildare Street in the last year

May 26 th

It has been a busy couple months in the Royal College of Physicians and here are some of the highlight events that took place at No. Kildare Street, the magnificent home of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

  1. Luke’s Symposium: 12th -17th October 2015

The St Luke’s Symposium is the most important occasion in the College’s calendar, and has evolved from being a day of celebration into St. Luke’s Symposium; a week long programme of talks, events, lectures and public meetings that celebrates achievements in medicine, promotes health and sharing of knowledge amongst doctors and health practitioners in Ireland. The Heritage Centre had a day of lectures and talks on Irish Medicine in WWI and the impact of the war on the medical profession in Ireland. Many speakers came to give a presentation from the impact of the First World War on Irish hospitals, the experience of Irish doctors on active service and the treatment of Shell Shock in the Richmond War Hospital in Dublin. The day was a huge success with over 100 people turning up throughout the day.


  1. Culture Night – Friday 18th  September 2015

Culture Night ran for its tenth year in September 2015 and over the years, it has grown in popularity with more and more people participating in the events all around the country; visiting galleries, museums and important historic buildings that wouldn’t normally be accessible throughout the year. It’s a special night in which people of all ages can partake. Culture Night at the RCPI was a roaring success with just under 3000 people visiting the College on the night between 5pm and 11pm on Friday 18th September 2015.

The public were free to walk around the rooms as they pleased and there was a selection of musicians playing music throughout the evening. The architecture of the college building speaks for itself but the history really brings it to life. The highlight of the night was the stunning Dun Library with the wooden bookcases and the narrow staircase leading up to the upper gallery lined with historical medical texts, journals and texts. The most fascinating features of the library are the speaking tubes in one of the bookcases which were used as a way of communicating between the rooms within the college. The library certainly has the wow factor as everyone who entered seemed enthusiastic about the interior architecture and design, as well as the history associated with the College itself, all 350 years of it!


  1. Remembering 1916: RTE Reflecting the Rising- Easter Monday, 28th March 2016

The Royal College of Physicians opened its doors on Easter Monday, 28th March 2016 for a full day of lectures on talks on the 1916 Rising and the impact of the Easter Rising on Medicine and the medics who were involved in the Rising. The talks were centred on the experiences and involvement of three important female doctors and their involvement, especially the involvement of Dr Kathleen Lynn, a central figure in the events of 1916. Dr. Kathleen Lynn was the chief medical officer for the Irish Citizens Army during the Easter Rising.


  1. Irish Medicine in War and Revolution Exhibition: Easter Monday, 28th March 2016 – Ongoing

There is currently an exhibition in the Royal College of Physicians located in the basement of No. 6 Kildare Street that opened on Easter Monday 2016; exactly one hundred years after the Easter Rising took place.  The Exhibition relates to The First World War in 1914 to the end of the Civil War in 1923, drawing on the historic collections of RCPI and explores the impact of this period on the medical profession.


  1. A World War II Bomb Donation Ceremony – February 18th 2016

Senator John Crown, Consultant Oncologist at St Vincent’s Hospital, donated a World War II bomb fragment to the Heritage Centre. The fragment had been given to him by a former patient, Dermot ‘Derry’ Clarke, and has a surprising connection to medical innovation as the mustard gas chemicals eventually lead to the first chemotherapy drug for the treatment of cancer. The ceremony was attended by the President of the College Prof Frank Murray, Mr Kevin Clarke (son of Derry) and Senator John Crown in the beautiful Dun Library located in the historic building of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland College at No.6 Kildare Street.