The Enemy Within - Spanish Flu in Ireland 1918-19

Thu, 28 Mar 2019
12:00 - 13:00

For more details please contact Mullingar Library on 044 9332161 or email mgarlib@westmeathcoco.ie
Between 1918-19, the influenza pandemic known as the ‘Spanish flu’ killed 23,000 people across Ireland and infected a total of 800,000. No demographic group, geographical location or aspect of life in Ireland was spared from this devastating virus. The Spanish flu has been eclipsed in the collective memory by the military loss of life of 1914-18 and remains an understudied event in history despite claiming more lives worldwide than the Great War. One hundred years on, the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life (NMI) aims to bring focus, discussion and remembrance back on the catastrophe that was ‘the last Irish plague’.
Throughout 2018-19, the NMI will mark the centenary of the Spanish flu in Ireland with an engaging public programme of events titled The Enemy Within - the Spanish Flu in Ireland 1918-19. As an important outreach element of this programme Westmeath County Library are hosting an illustrated talk on the history of the Spanish flu in County Westmeath, which will be delivered by Noel Campbell, Assistant Keeper at the NMI. The hour-long talk will cover the spread of the infection in County Westmeath, the response of the local population and community services and will assess the final impact on Westmeath while making reference to the crisis nationally.
Those interested are also invited to contribute local and family stories of the flu to the NMI’s OurIrishHeritage.org website and visit their temporary exhibition on folk medicines and rudimentary cures used to combat the flu.

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