Tribute Event For Historian & Activist Rayner Lysaght

Rayner Lysaght event
A tribute event for former Society Committee member, historian and activist Rayner Lysaght is taking place in the Irish Labour History Society Premises in Beggars Bush on Saturday 14 May from 11am. Due to limited capacity, pre-registration is required. Register via https://raynerlysaght.eventbrite.ie or by emailing secretary@ irishlabourhistorysociety.com
We plan to put up a recording of this event here in the week following the event.

Material Studies

AEU journal
New article on the AEU Journals, 1937-1964 under Material Studies, here. We also have a history of the AEU here.
The Material Studies are essays on paper-based collections which have been donated to the ILHS.

The Man in the Middle:
Bill Attley

Bill Attley Front Cover
For two decades, Bill Attley was a central figure in the trade union movement as a leading officer of the Federated Workers' Union of Ireland (FWUI) and Services, Industrial, Professional & Technical Union (SIPTU). This new ILHS title by Francis Devine, is now available for sale from the ILHS.

Tom & Marie Johnson
SEEKING NO HONOURS

Tom Johnson Front Cover
This new ILHS title by Shay Cody (current president) and Charles Callan, (former president and long-time secretary) with reflections of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Labour Party, Padraig Yeates and Brendan Howlin is now available for sale from the ILHS.

ILHS Lectures

New page under the events section. These are recordings of our online lectures in 2020 and 2021.

Labour Lives from Saothar

New page under the biographies section. These are bios which were published in past issues of Saothar.

7 women of the labour movement

New article added to the Biographies page.

Click here for full text.

Copyright Notice

Copyright material on this site is available for the purpose of research and private study only.
By continuing to use this site you acknowledge and accept the conditions that the contents of the website will not be extracted or re-utilised for any competing or commercial purpose without the written consent of The Irish Labour History Society and the copyright holder.

IlHS Lectures

Autumn 2020 Lectures

Peter Rigney -The 1920 Munitions Dispute in Ireland

Dr Peter Rigney spoke at an Irish Labour History Society event in late 2020 on the 1920 Munitions Dispute. Umiskin Press have since published a book by Dr Rigney on this important labour struggle during the War of Independence.

Margaret - Constance Markievicz as Minister for Labour

A lecture by Dr Margaret Ward to the Irish Labour History Society in November 2020 on 'Constance Markievicz as Minister For Labour'

Spring 2021 Lectures

Christopher Loughlin - The "Long" Civil Rights Movement in Northern Ireland

Dr Christopher Loughlin presented a talk to the Irish Labour History Society in Feburary 2021 on The "Long" Civil Rights Movement in Northern Ireland. This was part of the Spring series of lectures organised by the Irish Labour History Society.

Cormac Moore - The Day-To-Day Effects of Partition

Dr Cormac Moore gave a talk on The Day-To-Day Effects of Partition to the Irish Labour History Society on Saturday 20 February 2021. This was part of the Spring series of lectures organised by the Irish Labour History Society.

Mary McAuliffe - Margaret Skinnider

Dr Mary McAuliffe gave this talk on the revolutionary life of Margaret Skinnider to the Irish Labour History Society on Saturday 27 February 2021.

Mary Muldowney - Irish Women Telephonists & The Struggle for Gender Equality in the 1970s

Dr Mary Muldowney gave a talk on this topic to the Irish Labour History Society on Saturday 6 March 2021, as part of the Society's Spring Lecture Series. An article on the same topic is to be included in Volume 46 of Saothar: Journal of the Irish Labour History Society published in May 2021.

Mike Mecham - 'Standing in the gap of danger by our sides': Keir Hardie's Commitments to Ireland

Dr Mike Mecham gave a talk to the Irish Labour History Society on Saturday 13 March 2021, as part of the Society's Spring Lecture series.

Autumn 2021 Lectures

Liam Cahill - Spanish International Brigades Volunteer Mossie Quinlan

The Irish Labour History Society hosted a Zoom talk by author and member Liam Cahill on Saturday 20 November 2021. This talk focused on Liam's latest book, exploring the life and heroic legacy of International Brigade Volunteer from Waterford Mossie Quinlan, who died in the Battle of Jarama in the Spanish Civil War.

Luke Dineen - The Creation of the Irish Engineering Union, 1917-1923

Dr Luke Dineen spoke at this Irish Labour History Society Zoom event on Saturday 27 November 2021. His talk covers the union's foundation, starting with 1917 and finishing at 1923, the conclusion of the civil war. It will also cover how the union and its members contributed to the Irish revolution and to the independent Irish state.

Spring 2022 Lectures

Shay Cody - The Life and Achievements of Labour Leader Tom Johnson

A talk by President of the Irish Labour History Society, Shay Cody, on Labour Leader, Trade Unionist and co-author of the Democratic Programme of the First Dáil, Tom Johnson. Delivered at an Irish Labour History Society event on 5 March 2022. Based on Shay's contribution to Irish Labour History Society Publication 'Seeking No Honour' which was supported by Fórsa trade union.

Alan McCarthy - The Real People's College? Workers' Education in Cork and Dublin, 1946-51

Dr Alan McCarthy gave this talk at an Irish Labour History Society event on 10 March 2022. In 1948 after two years of dedicated study, twenty-four trade unionists were awarded diplomas in social and economic science by UCC President Alfred O’Rahilly. Concerned by the potential spread of crypto-communism, O’Rahilly sought to influence the development of adult education nationally at institutions like UCD and the Catholic Workers’ College. This staunch espousal of Catholic social teaching within the nascent adult education movement brought it into conflict with advocates of non-denominational workers’ education, such as the People’s College, within the context of Catholic integralism in the 1940s and 1950s. This is the story of the institutions that claimed to be the ‘real’ college of the People.





Tribute Event For Historian & Activist Rayner Lysaght

Rayner Lysaght event
A tribute event for former Society Committee member, historian and activist Rayner Lysaght is taking place in the Irish Labour History Society Premises in Beggars Bush on Saturday 14 May from 11am. Due to limited capacity, pre-registration is required. Register via https://raynerlysaght.eventbrite.ie or by emailing secretary@ irishlabourhistorysociety.com
We plan to put up a recording of this event here in the week following the event.

Material Studies

AEU journal
New article on the AEU Journals, 1937-1964 under Material Studies, here. We also have a history of the AEU here.
The Material Studies are essays on paper-based collections which have been donated to the ILHS.

The Man in the Middle:
Bill Attley

Bill Attley Front Cover
For two decades, Bill Attley was a central figure in the trade union movement as a leading officer of the Federated Workers' Union of Ireland (FWUI) and Services, Industrial, Professional & Technical Union (SIPTU). This new ILHS title by Francis Devine, is now available for sale from the ILHS.

Tom & Marie Johnson
SEEKING NO HONOURS

Tom Johnson Front Cover
This new ILHS title by Shay Cody (current president) and Charles Callan, (former president and long-time secretary) with reflections of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Labour Party, Padraig Yeates and Brendan Howlin is now available for sale from the ILHS.

ILHS Lectures

New page under the events section. These are recordings of our online lectures in 2020 and 2021.

Labour Lives from Saothar

New page under the biographies section. These are bios which were published in past issues of Saothar.

7 women of the labour movement

New article added to the Biographies page.

Click here for full text.

Copyright Notice

Copyright material on this site is available for the purpose of research and private study only.
By continuing to use this site you acknowledge and accept the conditions that the contents of the website will not be extracted or re-utilised for any competing or commercial purpose without the written consent of The Irish Labour History Society and the copyright holder.