There’s nothing new about the flu, says Tony Harpur


In an article titled ‘GRIP OF THE FLU’, the Cork Examiner of Tuesday, February 18th, 1919, recorded that Cork Union Hospital (the hospital attached to the Cork Workhouse – now St Finbarr’s Hospital) had ’50 cases, South Infirmary, several cases, including four nurses. Business houses seriously affected. Several deaths in the city.’ And Youghal had ‘families afflicted. Influenza rife in the town.’ Midleton wasn’t mentioned specifically but East Cork was singled out as an area ‘affected by the epidemic…’ This was a reference to the so-called Spanish Flu of 1918-1920. Read noted local historian, Tony Harpur’s full article inside this week’s Midleton & District News.