Kathleen Lynn: Irishwoman, Patriot, Doctor


Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh

An intelligent, insightful and illuminating biography of Kathleen Lynn, a prominent female doctor who mirrored many of the changes in Irish life between 1874 and 1955.


The life of this prominent female doctor mirrored many of the changes in Irish life between 1874 and 1955. She was Chief Medical Officer of the Irish Citizen Army during the 1916 Easter Rising and vice president of Sinn Féin as well as a TD between 1923 and 1927. She established St Ultan’s Hospital for Infants in 1919 and her work in the hospital provides a way of analysing medical politics during a public health revolution in mid twentieth-century Ireland. Kathleen Lynn is remembered as a doctor who did her utmost for the poor of Dublin. Her biography deals with a wide range of issues including: suffragism, education, sectarian politics, maternal feminism, ecclesiastical subterfuge, public health, spirituality, ecumenism, the medical profession and social housing.

Table of Contents

  1. The Making of a Female Doctor, 1874-1911
  2. Rebellious Womanhood, 1912-30
  3. ‘A University of Mothers’, 1919-30
  4. The Politics of Children’s Health, 1928-39
  5. A Servant of the Nation, 1940-55
  6. Radical Witness

About the Author

Dr Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh worked at All Hallows College, a college of DCU and was a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. She was a Fulbright Fellow in Boston. She is the author of Edward Hay: Historian of 1798, Catholic Politics in an era of Wolfe Tone and Daniel O’Connell (2010) and Quiet Revolutionaries: Irish Women in Education, Medicine and Sport, 1861-1964 (2011).