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.
Saothar: Volume Twentyone (1996). 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.
The People's College presents a series of Lectures: Featuring fresh material from a range of historians.
The lectures will tackle a series of key questions; Could Home Rule have prevented the resort to arms? Were women revolutionaries equal partners to their male comrades? Why could the British Empire not defeat the military and political challenge of Irish republicans 1919-21? Did Belfast see Pogrom of Catholics? How peaceful was the 'truce' of 1921 and how bloody was the 1922-23 Civil War? How did future generations choose to remember the revolutionary years?
Talks take place on Wednesdays at 6.30 in the INTO Education Centre, 38 Parnell Square. Voluntary donations of €5 are appreciated to cover costs. For more information and list of speakers and lectures click on the link below
The Peoples Collge Lectures
Trade Unions in a Time of Change A series of 8 lectures on this general theme wil be held at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions House, 31/32 Parnell Square Commencing on Thursday 6th February: 6:30 to 8:00pm
For more information and details of lecture titles and speakers click on the link below
Trade Unions in a Time of Change Lectures
The Trinity Long Room Hub is delighted to host 'Labor & Dignity - James Connolly in America' , an exhibition by New York University's Glucksman Ireland House, Funded by the Government of Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The exhibition explores the time that James Connolly, spent in the United States between 1903 and 1910, where he witnessed the successes and failures of labor radicalism and unionization, and of working class conditions resulting from unregulated corporate expansion.
The 'Labor & Dignity' exhibition is Glucksman Ireland House's first contribution to Ireland's Decade of Commemorations. More information about this exhibition can be found 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.
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.
Access to library and archives by appointment only.
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Appointment Times: 10 am - 4.30 pm (Mon-Thu) 10 am - 1 pm (Fri)