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Sunday April 26th 2015


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.
Notes for contributors to Saothar can be found here.
Here is an pdf of a persons Index to Seamus Cody's, John O’Dowd's and Peter Rigney’s The Parliament of Labour: 100 Years of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions (Dublin 1986).
Persons Index

Saothar: Volume Twentyfive (2000). Now available to view online.
We will be rotating on a monthly basis copies of Saothar in chronological order.

Latest News:

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.

Upcoming Events:

May Day March and Rally in Dublin. Assemble at Garden of Remembrance, 6.30pm, 1st May 2015
flyer here.

Recent Events:

The Alicia Brady commemoration will be held at 1pm on Thursday 18th December in Mark Street, off Pearse street Dublin. , .
details here.

To celebrate the centenary of the 1913 Lockout, and on into 2014, we have created 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.

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Appointments: Tel: 01 668 1071
Appointment Times: 10 am - 4.30 pm (Mon-Thu) 10 am - 1 pm (Fri)