Commemorative Service for Sir Patrick Dun in Historic Dublin Church on 16 October

As part of our St Luke's Symposium we will be celebrating the life of Sir Patrick Dun at a commemorative Service in St Michan's Church, Dublin 7 on Wednesday 16 October.

This year we are marking the tercentenary of the death of past RCPI President, Sir Patrick Dun (1642-1713).

Sir Dun was a visionary physician and an extremely influential President of the College. When he died in 1713 he left his property in trust to the College. Money from this trust was used in 1800 to found Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital. Many Dubliners will remember this general hospital on Grand Canal Street (now home to a Civil Registration service), which closed in 1986 when services were transferred to St James’s Hospital. 

When he died, Sir Dun also left his personal library to the College. This collection formed the nucleus of the College’s library, which has been called Dun’s Library ever since. Dun’s Library today contains over 30,000 books and is a unique resource for research into the history of medicine in Ireland.

Commemorative Service open to all

RCPI Trainees, Members, Fellows, and members of the public are invited to attend a commemorative service in the historic St Michan’s Church on Wednesday 16 October 7.00pm - 8.00pm. There will be baroque music from the UCD Choral Scholars; music and hymns by the following composers and poets feature on the order of service:

    •    Joachim Neander (1650 - 1680)
    •    Thomas Tallis (1505 - 1558)
    •    Heinrich Schütz (1585 - 1672)
    •    George Herbert (1593 - 1633)

On the night, a memorial plaque dedicated to Sir Patrick Dun will be unveiled in the church, where he is buried.

The service will be conducted by Reverend David MacDonnell, Curate of the Christ Church Cathedral Group of Parishes & Chaplain to St. James' Hospital.

Book your place

The Church will be open to all visitors on the night, however the only way to guarantee your place is to book through our online registration form for our St Luke's Symposium

St Michan's Church

Situated on Church Street in the heart of the city of Dublin, St Michan’s church attests to almost 1000 years of Christian history. The atmospheric church stands on an ancient Hiberno-Norse site, close to the north Liffey quays and Smithfield. It is home to a beautifully decorated organ and legend has it that Handel practised for the first performance of ‘Messiah’ on this organ.

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