"Close the Schools!"

Evening Herald, February 24 1919

Appalling Increase in Death-Rate


Drastic Action Required at Once

We have received the following for publication :Sir, There has been a great increase in the cases of epidemic influenza and pneumonia in the last week. The deaths from these diseases have greatly increased and the pneumonia cases developed typically from influenza.

The deaths from influenza last week numbered 79, as against nil in the corresponding week last year; and the deaths from pneumonia last week were 10, and in the corresponding week last year 15.

The disease appears to be less fatal than in the previous epidemics, but more contagious, whole families being now affected. The Dispensary Medical Officers, who are officiating as District Medical Officers of Health report an increase of the epidemic, and are of the opinion that all places of amusement and tho schools should be closed. In many towns even the churches have been closed.

At the last outbreak of the epidemic of influenza, in Derry the troops were not allowed to visit places of amusement … , whilst the civilians suffered heavily from the epidemic.

If the schools are closed children should be kept at home or from their friends in the country.

I am indebted to the courteous Registrar General, Sir William Thompson, F.K.C.S., for early information of the increased deaths from influenza.I am, sir, your obedient servant,


Medical Superintendent Officer of Health.

Dublin, February 24, 1919.

The deaths from pneumonia and influenza are still increasing. The outbreak is, according to medical opinion, of a less virulent type than on the two former occasions, and the hospital accommodation in "the city is quite adequate so far to cope with requirements.

Influenza is not as yet made notifiable. Lists of houses in which an outbreak occurs are being sent to the public libraries, … , the Union and military medical authorities.

The City of Dublin Hospital have reserved two special wards for 'flu’ patients.

Deaths in Provinces.

The death has taken place, after 4 brief illness, of Rev. Michael McCarthy, P.P. … , Limerick.

Bro. O'Byrne, one of the teaching staff of the Christian Brothers' College, Patrick's Place, Cork, has just succumbed from pneumonia.

Bro. Evangelist Whelan, of the Patrician Monastery, Mallow, has died from pneumonia.

The epidemic of influenza, in Cork ond suburbs shows no sign of waning so far. Tho Cork District Hospitals, and the South Infirmary, the institutions at where the disease is treated, continuously received patients during Saturday. The accommodation in all of them is being heavily taxed. In the greater number of patients at the Cork Fever Hospital the disease has shown itself with great virulence, but at the other institutions only in the minority of cases has it appeared to be very dangerous


Tho Cork Corporation ambulance was busy in conveying the stricken, and amongst the cases conveyed on Saturday were three of the crew of ... a collier berthed at Albert quay.

All schools, together with amusement houses and the Carnegie Free Library, are closed in Cork from to-day.

Dr. D. .T. Murphy, M.O.IT., has ordered the closing of all the schools, picturehouses, etc., in Youghal. 

Sir Charles Alexander Cameron, Head of the Public Health Department of Dublin Corporation 

Sean T. O'Kelly gives interesting account of Lincoln Prison Escape to P.A Journalist in Paris

Saturday Herald, March 1st

Dramatic Story of De Valera's Escape; The Press Association correspondent in Paris

The story is attributed to Mr. Sean T. O'Kelly, at present in Paris, who stated that the plan of escape was worked out by a committee appointed in Dublin to deal with the prisoners, the plan consisted in acquainting De Valera with the details by an Irish " labourer " singing in Irish within earshot of the prisoners in the prison grounds.

An impression of the Keys was thus secured, and girls were sent over to flirt away the military guards from the gates. The plan’s success is well known.