Spring Seminar, Cardinal O’Fiaich Library
The high mortality rate led to the loosening of social, neighbourly and community bonds and a major fall in business activities, some taking many years to recover. Some tried to profit from the epidemic by promoting their products as cures including spirit distillers, soap makers, beef drinks etc. Much disruption occurred e.g. The General Election, sporting fixtures, markets, school closures, religious services.
Because of the momentous events unfolding at the time the end of the war and the war of Irish Independence, the flu receded rapidly from active historical memory and interest was not revived until the 1970’s.
At the end of the individual presentations there were lively discussions and debates about many aspects of the talks that drew out additional information and clarifications of the main subjects.The Chairman thanked the speakers and declared the event an outstanding success.