A medal presented to a Mayo woman for her part in the 1916 Rising is to go under the hammer.

Renowned revolutionary Kathleen Lynn was born in Mullafarry, Killala and was the daughter of a Church of Ireland rector.

She was educated at Alexandra College in Dublin, which she left at the age of 16 to train as a doctor, and became the first female resident doctor at the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital in London.

She subsequently served as chief medical officer with the Irish Citizen Army during the 1916 Rising.

Dr Lynn was arrested and imprisoned for her part in the Rising.

On her release, she was elected as a Sinn Fein TD for Dublin in 1923, but did not take up her seat.

She went on to establish St Ulltan's Hospital for Infants in Dublin. 

Kathleen Lynn's 1916 Rising Service Medal will go up for sale in Mullen's Collector's Cabinet auction in Bray on Saturday week, 29th January, for an expected sale price of between €20,000 and €30,000.

 

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