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2018 IWD RCSI NDTP Female Firsts Editathon poster

Join us on International Women's Day in RCSI Library, Dublin.

Wikimedia Ireland, National Doctors Training and Planning (NDTP) Spark Innovation Programme, and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) will celebrate International Women's Day with a Wikipedia Editathon focusing on RCSI Female Firsts.

Wikipedia is the 5th most popular website in the world, built by volunteers from around the globe. We need your help to create and improve articles, highlighting the amazing achievements of women in medicine, particularly RCSI Female Firsts. No experience is necessary - we will teach you how to edit and help you to find high quality reference material.

All you need to do is:

  • Reserve your ticket on Eventbrite:
  • Create your own Wikipedia account at
  • Bring your laptop

There will be prizes for the best contributions and we will even provide lunch!

Event Details[edit]

Date & Location[edit]

Date: Thursday 8th March 2018

Time: 9:30 - 12.30

Location: Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Library, No. 26 York Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.


09.30 - 09.40: Welcome & Housekeeping

09.40 - 10.20: How to edit Wikipedia

10.20 - 10.30: Exploring the RCSI Heritage Collections

10.30 - 12.30: Edit!

12.30: Lunch and prizes


Please register for the event on eventbrite.

If you are attending, please enroll on the outreach dashboard. You can also enroll on the day if you do not have a Wikipedia account and would like help setting one up.

Disability, Accessibility & Inclusion[edit]

Everyone is welcome. There is wheelchair access to all areas.

If your questions or concerns are not addressed in this section, please bring them up in the talk page or to the organiser directly.

Editing ideas[edit]

Feel free to add ideas for the editathon here.

Women in Red[edit]

Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red is a project for creating new articles about women. Please see: Ten simple rules for creating women's biographies for reference.

New article ideas[edit]

  • Agnes Shannon - first female medical student in Ireland or the United Kingdom
  • Mary Josephine Hannan (1865–1935) First woman to both train and qualify at RCSI.
  • Pearl Dunleavy (1909–2002) Graduate & lynchpin of Dublin's immunisation programme, and Dublin was the first local authority in Britain and Ireland to introduce BCG vaccine which prevented TB.
  • Victoria Coffey (1911–1999) One of the earliest to investigate Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. One of first female Paediatricians in Ireland who did considerable work in the area of congenital abnormalities. First female recipient of the RCSI’s Distinguished Graduate Medal, first woman President of the Irish Paediatric Association and the Paediatric Section of the Academy of Medicine in Ireland, and, was the first woman President of the RCSI Post Graduates' Association. Also of note, she was President of the Irish-American Paediatric Society.
  • Mary Frances Crowley (1906–1990) Founder member and first Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She started the Medical Missionaries Midwifery Training School at the International Hospital, Drogheda in 1942.
  • Sister Maura Lynch (1938–2017) After 17 years in Uganda and Angola as MMM, she returned to Ireland in 1948 and, at the age of 46, began training as a surgeon at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. Extensive work in missionary hospitals in Africa.
  • Mary Somerville Parker Strangman (1872–1943) Suffragette and advocate of women’s and public health services and became the first female elected town councillor of Waterford in 1912.

Articles for improvement[edit]