About me




Department of History,
Rhetoric House
Maynooth University,

Phone number

00353 85 1331361


I currently hold an Irish Research Council Marie Curie Actions Elevate Fellowship, between QUB and Maynooth, researching the changing landscape of childhood disease in 20th century Ireland. This project uses oral history and other sources to explore the key drivers in making the dramatic changes from the Ireland of the 1910s, where one fifth of all deaths were children under the age of five. Changes in health policy, despite great need, only changed when people championed causes. This project looks at the work of those champions, some of whom contributed at macro level, and some at micro, to improve the lot of Ireland's children. My PhD was on the Irish experience of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, and I continue to have an active research interest in this field.

Areas of expertise

1918-1919 influenza pandemic, history of disease, childhood illness, history of medicine, Irish Protestant identity, history of the newspaper industry, oral history, 20th century Irish social history.


1918-1919 influenza childhood illness history of disease social history Irish Protestant identity medical humanities oral history

Member Details

Full Name

Ida Milne (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian


Committees & Associations

Oral History Network of Ireland (vice chair person and member of communications committee)
International Oral History Association (IOHA)
HSTMI (committee member)



Stacking the Coffins: influenza, war and politics in Ireland, 1918-19, (Manchester University Press, May 2018).

Book Chapters

'Health and urban poor children in a transitional Ireland: statistics and activism’ in Mary Hatfield, Jutta Kruse, and Riona Nic Conghail, Editors, [Irish childhood – title to be decided), Arlen House, 2017.

'Stacking the coffins: the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic in Dublin' in Lisa Marie Griffith and Ciaran Wallace, editors, Grave Matters: death and dying in Dublin 1500 – 2000, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2016.

‘Captain King Elmes: an Irish medical doctor dies at Messines’ in Terence Dooley and Christopher Ridgeway, editors, Country House at War, Four Courts Press, 2016.

‘Influenza: the Irish Local Government Board’s Last Great Crisis,’ in Virginia Crossman and Sean Lucey (Eds.), Healthcare in Ireland and Britain 1850-1970: voluntary, regional and comparative perspectives. London: IHR,2015.

“Through the eyes of a child: childhood experience of the 1918-19 influenza pandemic” in Anne McLellan and Alice Mauger (Eds.) Growing Pains: Childhood Illness in Ireland 1750-1950, Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2013.

“Independent Newspapers as employer” in Mark O’Brien and Kevin Rafter (Eds.) Independent Newspapers. A History. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2012.

Peer Reviewed Journals

Milne, Ida, ‘Gender, hierarchies and change: Independent Newspapers since the 1960s’ in Saothar, the Journal of the Irish Labour History Society, 39, 2015.

Milne, Ida, ‘The 1918-19 influenza pandemic in Kildare’, Kildare Archaeological Society Journal, 2012-2013, vol XX.

Other Journals

Beiner, Guy, Marsh, Patricia and Milne, Ida, ‘Greatest killer of the twentieth century: the great flu in 1918-19’ in History Ireland, March-April 2009, pp 40-3.
Milne, Ida, ‘The Big Flu in Wexford,’ The Past: The Organ of the Uí Cinsealaigh Historical Society, no. 27 (2006), pp 50-55.

Electronic Publications

‘Patricia Horne: an Irish doctor in Africa’ http://womensmuseumofireland.ie/articles/patricia-horne
Childhood illness in twentieth-century Irelandhttp://historyofmedicineinireland.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/childhood-illness-in-twentieth-century.html
‘WWI Battlefields and Clongowes Wood College’ http://www.clongowes.eu/wwi-battlefields-trip/ [this article was picked up by some other Jesuit websites and publications, including this one http://www.jesuit.ie/news/remembering-war-dead/
‘Is history repeating? The Spanish flu of 1918’, http://puesoccurrences.wordpress.com/2009/06/02/history-repeating-the-spanish-flu-of-1918/