Annual Conference St Luke's Symposium: Heritage Day

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The focus of this year's Heritage Day is St Ultan's Infants Hospital and its pioneering female founders 

Date: Thursday 17 October
Time: 9.30am-5.30pm
Free*

Each year our Heritage Day welcomes Members, Fellows, Trainees, Licentiates, healthcare professionals and the public to come together and delve into Ireland’s medical heritage. This year’s timetable, curated by our Keeper of Collections, Harriet Wheelock, focuses on St. Ultan’s Infants Hospital.

"This year we commemorate the centenary of the founding of St. Ultan’s Infants Hospital. The hospital worked to combat the ill health experienced as a result of poverty by Dublin’s infancy in the early part of the twentieth century. Founded by the revolutionary Dr Kathleen Lynn and Madeleine ffrench-Mullen, the hospital provided much-needed healthcare and advice on nutrition and hygiene, as well as specifically hiring female medical staff at a time when it was often difficult for women doctors to find work."

Harriet Wheelock, Keeper of Collections, RCPI

 

 

Morning session - The Apothecaries Hall of Ireland, Charles Lucas Memorial Lecture

“A perspective on mental health services from drugs to therapy and back again,” delivered by Professor James V. Lucey, Medical Director of St. Patrick's University Hospital, Dublin.

Morning session - St Ultan's Children's Hospital

"The history of children's hospitals in Ireland," delivered by Professor Hilary Hoey, Past Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics at RCPI.

"The archive of St Ultan's Infants Hospital," delivered by Harriet Wheelock, Keeper of Collections at RCPI.

"'The motive power of a devoted spirit’: Assessing the legacy of Madeleine ffrench-Mullen, hospital secretary, and much much more (1919-1944)," delivered by Dr Sylvie Kleinman, Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of History, Trinity College Dublin.

Afternoon session

"‘Giving over the Teac to tuberculosis?’: Dr Stopford Price, TB and BCG vaccination in St Ultan’s," delivered by Dr Anne Mac Lellen, Biographer of Dr Dorothy Stopford Price.

"Dr Ella Webb (1877 - 1946): St Ultan's… and more," delivered by Dr Declan Warde, retired Paediatric Anaesthetist.

"'Every dam child can learn' – Dr Barbara Maive Stokes (1922–2009" delivered by Turlough O'Riordan, Historian and Editorial Administrator for the Dictionary of Irish Biography at the Royal Irish Academy.

Keynote Lecture

"Dr Kathleen Lynn; a life of service," delivered by Dr Mary McAuliffe, Assistant Professor in Gender Studies at UCD.

Panel discussion 

“Paediatrics in Ireland – Past, Present and Future,” with Professor Denis Gill, Professor Eleanor Molloy and Dr Jean Donnelly.

*This event is a benefit of your Membership and Fellowship and is FREE for RCPI Trainees, Licentiates, Members and Fellows, healthcare professionals and the general public.

Meet the speakers 

Professor James V. Lucey, Medical Director of St. Patrick's University Hospital, Dublin, delivers the The Apothecaries Hall Charles Lucas Memorial Lecture. Professor Lucey’s talk is titled, “A perspective on mental health services from drugs to therapy and back again.”

Professor Hilary Hoey, Past Dean of the Faculty of Paediatrics at RCPI, introduces the topic of St Ultan’s Infants Hospital with a look at the history of children’s hospitals in Ireland.

Harriet Wheelock, Keeper of Collections at RCPI, delves into the expansive archive of St Ultan’s Infants Hospital and explores its rich history.

Dr Sylvie Kleinman, Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of History, Trinity College Dublin, delivers her talk titled, “The motive power of a devoted spirit: Assessing the legacy of Madeleine ffrench-Mullen, hospital secretary, and much, much more.”

Dr Anne Mac Lellen, Biographer of Dr Dorothy Stopford Price, examines the life of this influential physician in a talk titled, “Giving over the Teac to tuberculosis?’: Dr Stopford Price, TB and BCG vaccination in St Ultan’s.”

Dr Declan Warde, retired Paediatric Anaesthetist, looks at the life of and work of Dr Ella Webb and examines her legacy at St Ultan's and beyond.

Mr Turlough O'Riordan, Historian and Online and Editorial Administrator for the Dictionary of Irish Biography at the Royal Irish Academy, delivers his talk titled, “'Every dam child can learn' – Dr Barbara Maive Stokes.”

Dr Mary McAuliffe, Assistant Professor in Gender Studies at UCD, delivers the keynote lecture of Heritage Day. Her focus is on the iconic Dr Kathleen Lynn and her life of political and medical service.

Heritage Day finishes with a panel discussion examining, “Paediatrics in Ireland – Past, Present and Future” with Professor Denis Gill, Professor Eleanor Molloy and Dr Jean Donnelly.

Presentation of the archive of the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is delighted to announce that on this year’s Heritage Day we receive the archive of the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook on long-term loan. Founded in 1743 the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook originally provided medical care for ‘incurables’, who were not admitted to other hospitals. The archive is a rich source for the medical and social history of Ireland, and we are delighted to add it to our collections. The archive will be presented by the Hospital’s CEO and honorary archivist.

This event also offers the opportunity to network and reflect with your peers on the events of the day.

Coming soon.