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 ODowd's and Peter Rigneys The Parliament of Labour: 100 Years of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions (Dublin 1986).
Saothar: Volume Twentytwo (1997). 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.
On behalf of of the regional secretary of UNITE union Jimmy Kelly, the ILHS are pleases to announce the launch of a new book EGGS and RASHERS -- IRISH SOCIALIST MEMORIES by the late Matt Merrigan.
The launch will take place at the UNITE offices in Middle Abbey St. Dublin on Friday, May 2nd at 7:oo pm.
For more info click 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.
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Appointment Times: 10 am - 4.30 pm (Mon-Thu) 10 am - 1 pm (Fri)