Pandemic Reflections 1: The Spanish Flu

Dr. Ida Milne and Fergal Bowers in conversation with Dr. Caitriona Clear

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Just over 100 years ago, the world experienced something similar to what is currently happening – a global pandemic, which killed 50 million people worldwide and 21,000 in Ireland.

What happened in Ireland during that pandemic? Who died, how, and what did the authorities do to manage the disease? Did we learn from that experience? Will we learn from this one?

Dr. Ida Milne, historian and author of Stacking the Coffins: Influenza, War and Revolution in Ireland, and Fergal Bowers, RTÉ Health Correspondent, will be in conversation with Dr. Caitriona Clear of NUI Galway, a pioneering social historian of ordinary Irish people.

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