Recent Publications

Saothar 41
Michael D. Higgins A Celebration of James Connolly & the Irish Citizens Army;
Róisín Higgins The 'Incorruptible Inheritors of 1916': The Battle for Ownership of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Easter Rising;
Seán Byers Belfast Trades Council, the Easter Rising & the Trade Union Politics of Commemoration, 1916-1966;
Eve Morrison Class, Gender & Occupation Among the Bureau of Military History Witnesses & Ernie O'Malley Interviewees Who Were 'Out' in 1916;
Mary McAuliffe From Inghinidhe na héireann to the Irish Citizen Army: Women, Radical Politics & the 1916 Rising;
Kate O'Malley 'Thrilled by the Irish Rising ... and the Irish Story Ever Since': Indian Nationalist Reactions to the Easter Rising;
Bruce Nelson 'The Greatest Epic of Modern History': Caribbean Radicals and the Irish Revolution;
Dónal Fallon Joseph Connolly (1893-1956): Firefighter & ICA Fighter;
John Dorney The Rabble & the Republic;
Pádraig Yeates Who Were Dublin's looters in 1916?' Crime & Society in Dublin During the Great War;
Stefan Berger & Stefan Braun International Socialist Responses to the Easter Rising in Ireland in 1916 (Essay);
Adrian Grant C.D. Greaves, The Life & Times of James Connolly (Labour Classic);
Conor McNamara An Introduction to Manuscript Sources on the Irish Citizen Army (sources);
Edmund Penrose Objects in the ILHS Archives & Museum: Records & Uniforms of the Irish Citizen Army (sources);
Cécile Gordon The Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection: Evidence of a Revolution Through Ordinary Voices (sources);
Francis Devine 'A Great & Trusted Custodian of Confidences' Betrayed? Winifred Carney's Military Service Pension Application (sources);
Peter Rigney The Rising & Railway Workers (sources);
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Saothar 40
Padraic Kenna and Alan Sheerins Development of Irish Housing 1900 - 1970s;
Donal Ó Drisceoil Sex and socialism: the class politics of immorality in pre-First-World-War Ireland;
Gerry Watts The Battle for Liberty Hall;
David Convery From Misfit to Anarchist: The impact of the Spanish Civil War on Captain J.R.White;
Therese Moylan 'She did it properly': Women in the hotel and catering industry, 1926-1971;
Tish Gibbons Trade union recognition in late 20th century Ireland;
Francis Devine The Catholic Workers' College: Some Data From 1951-1961;
Mary Muldowney Labour Lives, no. 17: Michael Enright;
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Saothar 39
Francis Devine 'Hearing the Children Weeping': Samuel Monro, 1846-1925, President, Belfast Trades Council & British TUC;
Gerard Madden Bishop Michael Browne of Galway and Anti-Communism, 1937-1976;
Sinéad Ní Choncubhair Brendan Corish: a life in politics, 1945-1977;
Aidan Seery and Liam McKenna, S. J. The Catholic Workers' College Dublin: a personal history;
Ida Milne Gender, hierarchies and change: an oral history of Independent Newspapers since the 1960s;
Mary Jones Essay: Working lives;
James Curry Labour lives, no. 16 Rosie Hackett, 1893-1976;
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Saothar 38
Margaret Brehony Free labour and 'whitening' the nation: Irish migrants in colonial Cuba;
Ciaran Mulholland and Michael Walker 'Our cause is a just one': trade union organization in Irish asylums, 1896-1917;
Denis Foley On tour and exiled: James Connolly, 1902-1905;
Padraig G. Lane Daniel Corkery and the Cork working class;
John Newsinger 'The duty of Social Democrats in this labour unrest': Justice, the British Socialist Party and the Dublin Lockout of 1913;
Padraig Yeates 'An injury to one is the concern of all': Dublin port, the Namebook, the 1913 Lockout and the sympathetic strike;
Caitriona Clear Woman's Life magazine and women's lives in Ireland in the 1950s;
Brian Hanley 'The needs of the people': the IRA considers its future, 1967-68;
Michael J. Quinn The Ireland-USSR Society, 1966-92;
Michael Dwyer Abandoned by God and the Corporation: Housing and the health of the working class in Cork City;
D.R. O'Connor Lysaght Essay: From the GPO to the Winter Palace: How a workers' revolution was lost and how a workers' revolution was won;
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Reminder of Membership Renewal for 2017

ILHS LogoMembership affiliation for 2017 is now due. This year we have introduced a
facility to pay online by PayPal.

This allows members to pay in any denomination (Payment can also be made by credit card. You don't need to open a paypal account).

Check out the May 2017 issue of our bi-annual newsletters:

Irish Labour History News May 2017 Volume 3 No 1

Newsletter Vol3 No1
Hugh Geraghty Cle Club 2017
Hugh Geraghty Memorial Talk

ILHS & Clé Club present The Hugh Geraghty Memorial Talk:
Railway Workers in Ireland Post World War 1 by Peter Rigney

8pm, Wed 15th March 2017 Cois Life Bar, Liberty Hall, Dublin
Details here

Launch of new book 'Outside Left' by Francis Devine

Thursday 26th January 2017 at 6.00pm Teacher's Club, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

Details here

The publication will be available to purchase at

Outside Left Book
Review of Irish-Soviet Diplomatic and Friendship Relations 1917-1991
Review of Irish-Soviet Diplomatic and Friendship Relations 1917-1991

The new book by Michael Quinn was launched by Dr. Jack O'Connor, SIPTU General President on 8th December 2016 in Liberty Hall, Dublin. Below is a review by Jack McGinley. The publication can be purchased at

Book review here

Check out the October 2016 issue of our bi-annual newsletters:

Irish Labour History News October 2016 Volume 2 No 2

Newsletter Vol2 No2
Liberty Hall 1916
Leaving 1916
Entering 1917

ILHS Conference 2016

Sat, October 22nd,

ILHS Premises,

Beggars Bush, Dublin 4

Conference Programme and online payment details

Derry Labour in the age of agitation, 1889 - 1923, Volume 2: Larkinism and syndicalism, 1907 - 23 by Dr Emmet O'Connor

Following on from volume 1 on new unionism and old (1889 - 1906), volume 2 reviews the impact of Larkinism and syndicalism on Derry. After impressive progress in the 19th century, Derry's industrial growth started to falter after 1904. Wages stagnated, prices rose relentlessly, and thousands of workers in the shirt-factories and on the docks grew restless. The city seemed ripe for one of the Larkinite revolts that shook Irish cities in the early 20th century ....
Details of the new publication here

Derry Labour book
saothar-41-buy online
Bumper 1916 edition of Saothar (Vol. 41) is now available to purchase online.

Co-Edited by Francis Devine, Sarah-Anne Buckley and Brian Hanley, Saothar 41 covers a range of themes relating to labour's place in the 1916 Rising, including the role of women; the legacy and contested ownership of the Rising; gender and class; memory and commemoration; Belfast Trades Council; the ICA; the Workers' Republic; and the response of international radicals to the events of 1916.
Purchase Saothar 41 online here.

Check out the May 2016 issue of our bi-annual newsletters:

Irish Labour History News May 2016 Volume 2 No 1

Newsletter Vol2 No1
Liberty Hall 1915
Labour in 1915
on the cusp of the Revolutionary Year

The 2015 ILHS Annual Conference took place on October 9th-11th at Liberty Hall, Dublin.

ILHS Conference 2015

CLUSKEY The Conscience of Labour edited by Dr. Jack McGinley,

was officially launched by Tánaiste Joan Burton TD, Leader of the Labour Party in Liberty Hall, Dublin on 1st July 2015. There is an audio recording of the launch at the link below.

Clusky book launch

Clusky book launch
1913 Lockout
A series of articles relating to the Lockout of 1913 in Dublin

The 26th of August 2013 marked the anniversary of the start of the 1913 Lockout and Strike. A chronology of events from this date in 1913 to December 1913 & January 1914 when the striking workers gradually began to return to work. The Lockout ended by degrees.

1913 Lockout

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