During October 1918 the Spanish Flu ravaged the country. Emily was working flat out in the Meath Hospital in Dublin. In her very little spare time she helped nurse her good friend Millie Figgis while her husband was in prison in Durham Gaol.
The epidemic was at it’s worst in Dublin and urban areas but made its way down the country too. The article from the Freeman’s Journal tells of how it was spreading rapidly and that adopting the American method of closing down theatres, cinemas and other places that large groups congregate to prevent further infection. It was also though that it was at its peak in the last week of October 1918 but there was more to come.
Freeman’s Journal 25 October 1918