MMUH/UCD 1916 Exhibition
The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and the UCD School of Medicine cordially invite students, staff and alumni to the launch of the MMUH / UCD 1916 Exhibition at the UCD Catherine McAuley Centre on Wednesday 23rd March 2016 at 5pm. In addition to launching display materials from the period, a number of staff will perform a short extract from ‘Seven Lives for Liberty’, an independent theatrical production which will run locally from the 22nd – 24th April 2016.
The 1916 Commemorative Programme is part of a "Celebrating Our Heritage" theme that will build over the coming months to culminate in the "Contemporary Issues in Hospital Medicine" meeting in November 2016. That meeting, organised by the Mater Postgraduate Education Centre, will have the theme “’Building to the Future’.
The timing of the 1916 Commemorative Programme is also significant for our medical students, given that this time period represents the intersection of three clinical years at one of our two principal hospital sites. The display tells the story of how the hospital looked after its community at a time of societal upheaval as an institution intrinsically linked to its environs and the state. The display aims to further develop and synergise the community ethos at the Mater and its links to UCD. It also represents an early endeavour in direct public engagement to cement the hospital and the emerging new academic hub in its local and wider surrounding community.
The importance of a healthcare institution "telling its story" is well recognised and it allows us develop a disseminative platform for additional components of our research, educational and healthcare mission. The exhibition will also act as a positive spur to the hub steering committee and entire stake holder group to realise the exceptional opportunity to develop an important and useful facility.
The content has been collected and curated by a representative panel including the Sisters of Mercy (led by Sr Eugene Nolan), Hospital administration (led by Mr Kevin Finan and supported by the CEO) and clinicians (led by Prof Tim Lynch, Chair of the Medical Board) and includes input from the Sister Hospital, St Vincent’s University Hospital (Mr Joe Duignan).
Prof Ronan Cahill, UCD Professor of Surgery at the Mater Misercordiae University Hospital and a key driver of the initiative noted:
It has been really great to see such a positive collaboration between this diverse group with the university as its matrix and scaffold. The group has already contributed a session to the UCD Symposium "Globalising the Rising" Our programme includes reciprocal input from the UCD history School of History & Archives (Mr Conor Mulvagh and Mr David Duignan) in the lecture series planned for the calender centenary of the rising.
The School’s Eccles team (led by Ms Debbie Killeen) has done a fantastic job in delivering the project, it's certainly above and beyond the call of duty for them to contribute at such a pressurised time point with the academic year but it's a further indication of the talent and dedication of the group.
All students, staff and alumni are cordially invited to the launch event or to visit the exhibition over the coming weeks.