New article here on the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918-19, which globally killed something like 40 million people but here in Ireland also accounted for some 23,000 deaths.
Ireland and the great flu epidemic of 1918 | The Irish Story
The Bureau of Military History is full of fascinating nuggets about the epidemic, that are in the article. Republican women in Dublin, especially Kathleen Lynn of the Citizen Army set up an emergency hospital as did Cumann na mBan. One of which was attacked by pro-British crowds on the night of Armistice Day.
Seamus Babbington of Tipperary thought he had cured himself of the flu by drinking three bottle of whiskey.
Kevin O'Shiel of SF in Enniskillen thought that the flu was killing more Catholics than Protestants because they went to Mass more. Vincent White in Waterford, doctor and SF activist in Waterford recalled the poorest, who he treated for the epidemic, also rioted in favour of the Remondites in the 1918 election.
And there's more. A important topic for social history that's probably been overlooked?