In this week in 1925 Darrell Figgis was found dead in his Bloombury lodgings, London. He was 43 years old. The last year of his life was a sad one. The tragedy of his wife’s suicide in November 1924, followed by his mistress’s death after an illegal abortion in October 1925, proved too much for him to bear. On the night of October 27th he returned to his lodgings, blocked the chimney, sealed the windows and turned on the gas fire, and slipped into a sleep he would not wake up from.
He would be remembered more for his unfortunate end but before his life spiraled out of control he was a writer, poet and politician. When he began to write is impossible to say, perhaps during his early years in Calcutta, India or later when he went to live in London. The first documented account could be from The Globe 09 June 1909, where the following article appeared:
31 October 1925 – Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer – Leeds, Yorkshire.
150 years ago, when Emily was barley one year old an incident occurred at her family home at Windsor Terrace Edenderry, Co Offaly. She was too young to remember the incident but it was only one of many that plagued her childhood. The article below give a glimpse into what young Emily and her family suffered as a family of converts in the days when the prejudice against them resulted many times in violence.
The court case involving Rev. Burke was one of at least ten to be heard over a decade in the petty sessions and at Edenderry. All which involved violence against him or his family. It was not unusual for the authorities to take against him too. In the above case the judges would not allow the policeman to question the witnesses, so nobody could be prosecuted for the crime.
The courthouse in Edenderry, stands exactly like it did when Emily’s family lived there
There was no definite cure for the flu even today, although symptoms can be managed a lot better and much less people succumb to the virus.
“Although there is currently no medical treatment that will cure the flu, there are four medications that may shorten the course of the virus and decrease the severity of the symptoms if you begin taking them within the first 2 days of the onset of the symptoms. All of these medications reduce the ability of the influenza virus to reproduce by attacking enzymes necessary for viral replication.”
Back in 1918, as today there were over the counter medicines to help remedy the flu, but like now they could only ease the symptoms. Worse still there were many newspaper adverts that sold potions that claimed to cure the flu among many other diseases, to the sick and vulnerable.
Below are examples of cures from the time of the Spanish flu some stood the test of time and can be bought today.
Emily nursed the flu victims of 1918-19, but it was not her first brush with such an epidemic. When she began her training at Sir Patrick Dunn’s Hospital in 1891 they were in the midst of an epidemic too, on that occasion, the Russian Flu. It lasted for two years.Sources
This time 100 years ago World War One was in its final days, but death did not stop with the war. Something worse was on the horizon, although nobody could have imagined that in war time. An epidemic called Spanish Flu gripped the world in the winter of 1918-1919 and Ireland was no exception.
It came at a time when the world was in a weak state after four years of war, and took all by surprise. The medics were not prepared this is where Republican forces stepped in:
“Republican women in Cumann na mBan and the Citizen Army opened emergency hospitals during the epidemic”.
Emily, as a member of Cumann na mBan and a trained nurse lent her services. She found employment in the Meath Hospital and worked morning, noon and night, like everyone else with medical training. How she remained healthy is miraculous, but she did and ended up nursing her friends too.
“The influenza epidemic killed about 23,000 people in Ireland in 1918-1919”Read more