As our scientists, engineers and healthcare professionals step up to meet the immense challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we remember that the humanities too continue to be important and relevant at this time. Examining our society and culture through the lens of history assures us of the resilience of the human spirit. Every generation before us has prevailed against the trials and tribulations of the day.
In a recent article in The Irish Times Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History at UCD, examines how Ireland has handled epidemics throughout history. He tells us: “Lessons from Irish history underline the vital importance of leadership, decisiveness, clarity of communication and effective co-ordination when dealing with public health crises, along with co-operation from the public.”