INFLUENZA, WAR AND REVOLUTION IN IRELAND 1918–19
Ida Milne in conversation with Sarah-Anne Buckley
23/09/2020 at 7:00pm
The 1918-19 influenza epidemic killed more than 50 million people, and infected between one fifth and half of the world’s population. It is the world’s greatest killing influenza pandemic, and is used as a worst case scenario for emerging infectious disease epidemics like the coronavirus COVID-19. It decimated families, silenced cities and towns, stilled commerce, closed schools and public buildings and put normal life on hold. Like COVID-19 there was no preventative vaccine for the virus. In this work, Ida Milne tells how it impacted on Ireland, during a time of war and revolution. But the stories she tells of the harrowing impact on families, and of medicine’s desperate search to heal the ill, could apply to any other place in the world at the time.
Ida Milne is European history lecturer at Carlow College and visiting research fellow in the School of Histories and Humanities at Trinity College, Dublin.
Stacking the Coffins: Influenza, War, and Revolution in Ireland 1918-19 is available to order from your local library or from our festival bookseller The Gutter Bookshop – https://gutterbookshop.con/product-category/dfh20/
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