• March 26, 2021

Irish Central has this news report and hour long video on Kathleen Lynn who fought against disease, poverty and oppression and was Surgeon General in Connolly’s Irish Citizens Army:.

“Kathleen Lynn was born in County Mayo in 1874 into a wealthy Protestant family. As a young woman, she was deeply affected by the abject poverty and disease that ravaged the lives of local people in the aftermath of the Great Famine.

“At just 16 years of age, she decided to become a doctor. In 1919, she established and founded St. Ultan’s Children’s Hospital, an initiative that helped to lower the infant mortality rate in Ireland.

“She was also politically active and served in Connolly’s Irish Citizen Army in 1916, was involved in the Suffragette movement, and served as Sinn Féin executive and as a TD.

“Directed by Sé Merry Doyle of Loopline Films, The Rebel Doctor charts the astonishing life and legacy of Dr. Lynn one of the great humanitarians of 20th century Irish history.”

There is a link to IFI player at this Irish Central link and the video streams in excellent quality:


Image: Dr Kathleen Lynn in the 1950s – Inset: In uniform as Chief Medical Officer during the 1916 rising.

Bernard Moffatt

Assistant General Secretary Celtic League (26th March 2021)

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