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Lab Coats and Lace - Kathleen Lynn, (1874-1955), Revolutionary Doctor

  • 2 March 2019

One of a selection of women featured in "Lab Coats and Lace, the lives and legacies of inspiring Irish women scientists and pioneers"

Kathleen Lynn, chief medical officer and captain in the Irish Citizen Army, was also a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland when she was posted to City Hall during Easter 1916. One of 35 women to qualify as a medical practitioner in Irish medical schools in the 1890s, she co-founded the first Irish clinic specialising in infant care. St Ultan’s was staffed and run entirely by women in its early years, a “women’s medical republic”, and it tackled the high mortality rate among Dublin infants.