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Pandemic: Ireland and the Great Flu 1918-19

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Pandemic: Ireland and the Great Flu 1918-19

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and Trinity College Dublin School of Histories and Humanities will host an exhibition and conference to mark the centenary of the influenza pandemic exploring the context, impact and legacy of the outbreak from a uniquely Irish perspective.

Pandemic: Ireland and the Great Flu 1918-19
09:00 - Welcome
 Prof Chris Morash, Vice-Provost, Trinity College Dublin & George McCullough, CEO Glasnevin Trust Introductory Remarks:  Prof Mary Horgan, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

10.00 – 11.30 I: International context & scale of pandemic (Chair: Dr Laragy)
Dr Ida Milne (Carlow College & Trinity College, Dublin), ‘The 1918-19 influenza pandemic - Ireland’s Place in a global crisis’ Prof Howard Phillips (University of Cape Town), ‘No Great War, no Great Flu; no Great Flu, no German defeat'? Reflections on epic epidemic relationships

12.00 – 1.30 II: Social and geographical dimensions (Chair: Dr F. Ludlow)
Dr Patricia Marsh (QUB), 'A reprehensible custom': Explaining the influenza death toll in County Donegal
Dr. Jackie Ui Chionna (NUI Galway) "The Stricken People of the West": The Influenza Pandemic in the West of Ireland

2.15 – 3.45 III: Glasnevin and the Crisis (Chair: Prof P. Harbison)
Conor Dodd (Glasnevin Cemetery) and Dr Francis Ludlow
(TCD) Dealing with death: the influenza pandemic in 1918 and 2018
Richard Legay (University of Luxembourg) & Kit Krupp (UC Davis), ‘Digital History and the Spanish Flu: creating an interactive map from Glasnevin's burial records’

4.00 – 5.15 IV: Consequences & modern implications (Chair: Dr I. Milne)
Prof Svenn-Erik Mamelund (Oslo Metropolitan University), Social inequality – a forgotten factor in pandemic influenza preparedness.
Dr Anne Moore (UCC) “New influenza vaccines: Preparing for everything”

Closing Remarks: John Green, Chair, Glasnevin Trust
Tickets €10 available via

Campus Location: Off Campus Location
Room: Glasnevin Cemetery Museum
Research Theme: Making Ireland
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Conferences, Exhibits, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: €10:00

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