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Royal college of surgeons crest, snazzy!From its foundation in 1784 the College has sought to maintain the highest standards in education and training.

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The Medical School dates from the 19th century and various postgraduate faculties were added in the 20th century. More recently the College has become active abroad, in the provision of education, training and hospital management. The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is independent, international and progressive - a unique medical institution.

Students of the College enjoy state-of-the-art facilities in the very heart of Irelands vibrant capital city. An imposing early 19th century building on beautiful St Stephens Green is the focus point of the Campus.

Behind its elegant historical facade are modern lecture theatres, seminar rooms, laboratories and the administrative services of the Medical School. An adjoining purpose built Medical Library supports the teaching and research activities of the College with the latest in information technology. Quality student accommodation has recently been added to the centre city campus.

The Smurfit Clinical Sciences Building at Beaumont Hospital was completed in the year 2000 and meets the demand for enhanced teaching and research facilities at the Colleges flagship hospital.

Sports facilities are available both on the main Campus and at Dardistown in suburban Dublin.

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland was granted a Charter on 11th February 1784. This Charter gave the College the power to control the practice of surgery and to make provision for surgical education. Prior to that time the surgeons were grouped with the barbers and the Barbers Surgeons Guild.

The founders had no premises so the earliest meeting was held in the boardroom of the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. Subsequently, a disused hall in Mercer Street beside Mercer's Hospital was acquired. The College flourised from the very start and in 1810 moved to its present location at the corner of York Street facing St Stephen's Green. The site acquired for the building at that time was a disused Quaker graveyard.

The College set about educating doctors with a strong emphasis on surgery. The founding fathers were very influenced by the standard of surgery in France at that time. Out of respect for the French College of Surgeons they adopted the motto which is our motto to the present time of "Consilio Manuque" meaning Scholarship and Dexterity. The stimulus for growth in the early years was the demand for Army and Navy surgeons for the Napoleonic wars.

Over the past forty years the College has become home to the Faculties of Anaesthesists, Radiologists, Dentistry and Nursing. These bodies functioning independently have added a great dimension to the College and have added lustre to the Institution.

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the National University of Ireland (NUI) concluded an agreement in 1977 whereby the Medical School is a recognised college of the NUI and its students graduate from the National University of Ireland as well as from the RCPI and the RCSI.

Historically, the Cecilia Street School of Medicine of the Catholic University was the forerunner of University College Dublin Medical School of the NUI. Recognition was given to the Cecilia Street School by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and all the Professors and Demonstrators at Cecilia Street were graduates of the College.

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland,
123 St. Stephen's Green,
Dublin 2

Tel: 353 1 402 2100
E mail: [email protected]

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