Welcome to the official home of the Irish Labour History Society.
The Irish Labour History Society aims to preserve the records and reminiscences, written and oral, of the Irish working class and its organisations. Society membership is composed of individuals, labour-related organisations, academic institutions, libraries and archival bodies. The Society frequently organizes conferences and events and also issues publications on Irish labour, including its annual journal Saothar.
Saothar: Volume Nineteen (1994). Now available to view online.
We will be rotating on a monthly basis copies of Saothar in chronological order.
Latest News: 1913 - 2013 Lockout Centenary
26th August 1913. The strike began. Tram workers deserted their vehicles in protest when William Martin Murphy forbade employees of his Dublin United Tramways Company to be members of Larkin's Irish Transport and General Workers Union (ITGWU).
The 26th of August 2013, marked the anniversary of the start of the 1913 Lockout and Strike; This website features, below, a chronology of events from this date one hundred years ago to December 1913 & January 1914 when the striking workers gradually began to return to work. The Lockout ended by degrees.
Chronology of Events 1913 Lockout and Strike.
Two I.L.H.S. Supported Exhibitions Currently On Display in Dublin
The following exhibitions are currently open in Dublin. Both contain items from the collections of the Society.
Dublin Divided: September 1913 Exhibition in Dublin City Gallery: The Hugh Lane:
This exhibition contains many portraits of the key individuals who were active in the Lockout as well as works by artists who became involved in the dispute, including William Orpen and George Russell (AE). Two Harry Kernoff works of James Connolly on loan from the Irish Labour History Society are also included in the exhibition.
This exhibition is on display until 2nd February 2014 and admission is free. Open Tuesday-Thursday: 10am-6pm, Friday & Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 11am-5pm, Closed Monday
National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks
Three Lockout related exhibitions are also currently on display in the National Museum, Collins Barracks.
1913 Lockout: Impact & Aftermath (including the Larkin banner on loan from the ILHS)
Banners Unfurled (18 guild and trade union banners)
Lockout: The Tapestry (30 panel tapestry containing a visual narrative of the Lockout) The exhibition 1913 Lockout: Impact & Aftermath draws on objects from the Museum's own collections to tell the story of the Lockout. The exhibition also includes the Larkin Banner, on loan from the Irish Labour History Society. Admission is free. (Open Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday: 2pm - 5pm, Closed Monday).
For more information click here on the link Exhibitions
In this the year of the centenary of the 1913 Lockout we are creating a dedicated section comprising of relevant items of interest. In the first place this will consist of articles published by the Irish Labour History Society since its founding. Items from other sources will be added over the coming months so remember to visit our site regularly.
Over the next few weeks and months, articles and other publications relating to the 1913 Lockout and Centenary will be uploaded in the Gallery section above.
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