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Saturday July 4th 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.

Upcoming Events:
Invitation to the launch of CLUSKEY The Conscience of Labour Edited by Dr. Jack McGinley.

Official launch by Tánaiste Joan Burton TD, Leader of the Labour Party

6.15 pm for 6.30 pm, Wednesday 1st July 2015 in Connolly Room, Cois Life Bar, Liberty Hall Centre

Invitation/flyer here.

Clusky book launch
Mother Jones Festival 2015
The Spirit of Mother Jones Annual Festival 2015

Shandon, Cork

Wednesday 29th July to Saturday 1st August

A festival and summer school dedicated to the memory of Mary Harris/Mother Jones and to inspirational people everywhere who fight for social justice.

Programme here.

For the latest news, check out the first of our new bi-annual newsletters:

Irish Labour History News May 2015 Volume 1 No 1

Newsletter Vol1 No1

1913 Lockout

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.
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.

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