by ehistoryadmin on April 21, 2018

Ida Milne will be speaking at the Great Flu Seminar in Naas in the autumn.

Launch of Ida Milne’s new book, Stacking the coffins.

Wed 6 June 2018

18:00 – 19:30 p.m.

Hodges Figgis

56-58 Dawson Street


‘Long in the making, this is the definitive study of a major but largely neglected disaster that ravaged Ireland a century ago. Milne tells the story with empathy, objectivity, and flair.’ (Cormac Ó Gráda).

The 1918-19 influenza pandemic disrupted Irish society and politics. Stilling cities and towns as it passed through, it closed schools, courts and libraries, quelled trade, crammed hospitals, and stretched medical doctors to their limit as they treated hundreds of patients each day. It became part of a major row between nationalists and the Government over interned anti-conscription campaigners. When one campaigner died days before the 1918 general election, Sinn Féin swiftly incorporated his death into their campaign. Survivors interviewed by the author tell what it was like to suffer from this influenza; families of the bereaved speak of the change to their lives. Stacking the coffins is the first Irish history of the disease to include statistics to analyse which groups were most affected. It also draws on the memories of child sufferers telling their stories.

No reservation required. All welcome.


6 Oct.  2018The Black Flu and the Khaki Election 1918 in association with the Federation of Local History Groups – booked in the Osprey Hotel

Ida Milne, (Ireland and World), Ronnie Kinane, Naas and the Great Flu, Frank Taaffe Athy and the Great Flu, Mario Corrigan – The Death of John Redmond, Clongownian, Thomas Nelson, Co. Kildare and the 1918 Election.

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