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Child mortality in Dublin soars
La Misère à Dublin: two young boys taking shelter in a doorway in the city. Published in Paris - Le Miroir, 18 Rue D'Enghien, 23 November 1913. Photo: National Library of Ireland, PD HP (1913) 1

Child mortality in Dublin soars

Dublin, 31 May 1915 - The abnormally high mortality rate of children in Dublin was considered at a conference on child welfare held in the theatre of the Royal Dublin Society at Leinster House today.

The numbers of deaths of children in the first quarter of the year rose from 144 per 1,000 to 181 per 1,000. There were general fears expressed that the summer months would see the numbers climb still higher.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.