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Thursday 13 December 2018

Historical society to focus on wartime influenza

Imelda Moloney, Mary Alice Holden, Liz Gillis, Carmel Cummins and Mary O’Shea pictured at a recent group lecture
Imelda Moloney, Mary Alice Holden, Liz Gillis, Carmel Cummins and Mary O’Shea pictured at a recent group lecture

Everyone is invited to a South Kilkenny Historical Society lecture called Influenza, War and Revolution in Ireland, 1918-19, being held on Thursday, November 29, at 8 p.m. in Mullinavat Parish Hall (opposite the church).

Guest speaker Ida Milne will outline the terrible impact the 1918 influenza worldwide pandemic had. Speaking a century on, she will describe how it swept the world and wreaked havoc in its path. Also known as 'The Spanish Flu', it is estimated that at least 50 million died as after becoming infected with this virus. In the United States, life expectancy fell by approximately 12 years and it was unusual by the fact that it typically hit previously healthy people between 20 and 40 years old. It came in three phases or waves and didn't spare well known figures on The lecture, by Ferns woman Ida Milne, is based on her recent publication 'Stacking the Coffins - Influenza, War and Revolution in Ireland 1918-19. Ida is currently lecturer in European History at Carlow College. She has worked in the newspaper industry and as a travel journalist before returning to education in 2000.

She was awarded the prestigious Irish Research Council Marie Sklowodska Curie Actions Elevate fellowship in 2014-18, for a project exploring the impact of infectious diseases of childhood on Irish society over the course of the 20th century. Ida is vice-chair of the Oral History Network of Ireland, and a committee member of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine Ireland Network. Admission is €5 (society members go free).

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