Recent Publications



Saothar 41
including
Michael D. Higgins A Celebration of James Connolly & the Irish Citizens Army;
Róisín Higgins The 'Incorruptible Inheritors of 1916': The Battle for Ownership of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Easter Rising;
Seán Byers Belfast Trades Council, the Easter Rising & the Trade Union Politics of Commemoration, 1916-1966;
Eve Morrison Class, Gender & Occupation Among the Bureau of Military History Witnesses & Ernie O'Malley Interviewees Who Were 'Out' in 1916;
Mary McAuliffe From Inghinidhe na héireann to the Irish Citizen Army: Women, Radical Politics & the 1916 Rising;
Kate O'Malley 'Thrilled by the Irish Rising ... and the Irish Story Ever Since': Indian Nationalist Reactions to the Easter Rising;
Bruce Nelson 'The Greatest Epic of Modern History': Caribbean Radicals and the Irish Revolution;
Dónal Fallon Joseph Connolly (1893-1956): Firefighter & ICA Fighter;
John Dorney The Rabble & the Republic;
Pádraig Yeates Who Were Dublin's looters in 1916?' Crime & Society in Dublin During the Great War;
Stefan Berger & Stefan Braun International Socialist Responses to the Easter Rising in Ireland in 1916 (Essay);
Adrian Grant C.D. Greaves, The Life & Times of James Connolly (Labour Classic);
Conor McNamara An Introduction to Manuscript Sources on the Irish Citizen Army (sources);
Edmund Penrose Objects in the ILHS Archives & Museum: Records & Uniforms of the Irish Citizen Army (sources);
Cécile Gordon The Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection: Evidence of a Revolution Through Ordinary Voices (sources);
Francis Devine 'A Great & Trusted Custodian of Confidences' Betrayed? Winifred Carney's Military Service Pension Application (sources);
Peter Rigney The Rising & Railway Workers (sources);
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Saothar 40
including
Padraic Kenna and Alan Sheerins Development of Irish Housing 1900 - 1970s;
Donal Ó Drisceoil Sex and socialism: the class politics of immorality in pre-First-World-War Ireland;
Gerry Watts The Battle for Liberty Hall;
David Convery From Misfit to Anarchist: The impact of the Spanish Civil War on Captain J.R.White;
Therese Moylan 'She did it properly': Women in the hotel and catering industry, 1926-1971;
Tish Gibbons Trade union recognition in late 20th century Ireland;
Francis Devine The Catholic Workers' College: Some Data From 1951-1961;
Mary Muldowney Labour Lives, no. 17: Michael Enright;
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Saothar 39
including
Francis Devine 'Hearing the Children Weeping': Samuel Monro, 1846-1925, President, Belfast Trades Council & British TUC;
Gerard Madden Bishop Michael Browne of Galway and Anti-Communism, 1937-1976;
Sinéad Ní Choncubhair Brendan Corish: a life in politics, 1945-1977;
Aidan Seery and Liam McKenna, S. J. The Catholic Workers' College Dublin: a personal history;
Ida Milne Gender, hierarchies and change: an oral history of Independent Newspapers since the 1960s;
Mary Jones Essay: Working lives;
James Curry Labour lives, no. 16 Rosie Hackett, 1893-1976;
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Saothar 38
including
Margaret Brehony Free labour and 'whitening' the nation: Irish migrants in colonial Cuba;
Ciaran Mulholland and Michael Walker 'Our cause is a just one': trade union organization in Irish asylums, 1896-1917;
Denis Foley On tour and exiled: James Connolly, 1902-1905;
Padraig G. Lane Daniel Corkery and the Cork working class;
John Newsinger 'The duty of Social Democrats in this labour unrest': Justice, the British Socialist Party and the Dublin Lockout of 1913;
Padraig Yeates 'An injury to one is the concern of all': Dublin port, the Namebook, the 1913 Lockout and the sympathetic strike;
Caitriona Clear Woman's Life magazine and women's lives in Ireland in the 1950s;
Brian Hanley 'The needs of the people': the IRA considers its future, 1967-68;
Michael J. Quinn The Ireland-USSR Society, 1966-92;
Michael Dwyer Abandoned by God and the Corporation: Housing and the health of the working class in Cork City;
D.R. O'Connor Lysaght Essay: From the GPO to the Winter Palace: How a workers' revolution was lost and how a workers' revolution was won;
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Saothar

Saothar: Journal of Irish Labour History is a refereed journal, dedicated to the study of Irish working-class history in its broadest sense, including Irish workers abroad and comparative history. It contains articles, essays, essays in review, reviews, notices, reports, source studies, thesis abstracts, bibliographies, document studies, reminiscences, correspondence and an annual overview of ILHS activities. Saothar has been published since 1975 and has developed a reputation for combining high standards of scholarship with accessibility. It is circulated to all members of the Society.

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Contributing to Saothar

Indices of Saothar




Ordering Saothars


You can order the current or back issues of Saothar by posting your order and cheque/postal order (payable to 'Irish Labour History Society') to The Irish Labour History Society. Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin D04 DP27. Prices for current and available back issues can be found below. We now have a paypal button setup for our current issue, Saothar 41 to allow purchase of this online. This can be done by clicking on the 'buy now' button on the Saothar 41 page (using your credit/debit card or paypal account to make payment).

Saothar 41

No. 41 Current Issue

€30

Michael D. Higgins A Celebration of James Connolly & the Irish Citizens Army; Róisín Higgins The 'Incorruptible Inheritors of 1916': The Battle for Ownership of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Easter Rising; .....more
Saothar 40

No. 40

€30

Padraic Kenna and Alan Sheerins - Development of Irish Housing 1900 - 1970s; Donal Ó Drisceoil - Sex and socialism: the class politics of immorality in pre-First-World-War Ireland; .....more
Saothar 39

No. 39

€20

Francis Devine - 'Hearing the Children Weeping': Samuel Monro, 1846-1925, President, Belfast Trades Council & British TUC; Gerard Madden - Bishop Michael Browne of Galway and Anti-Communism, 1937-1976; .....more

Saothar 38

No. 38

€20

Margaret Brehony - Free labour and 'whitening' the nation: Irish migrants in colonial Cuba; Ciaran Mulholland and Michael Walker - 'Our cause is a just one': trade union organization in Irish asylums, 1896-1917; .....more
Saothar 37

No. 37

€20

Niall Whelehan - Labour and agrarian violence in the Irish midlands, 1850-1870; John O'Donovan - Class, conflict and the United Irish League in Cork, 1900-1903; .....more
Saothar 36

No. 36

€20

Mary Muldowney - Breaking the mould? The employment of women in Irish railway companies during the First World War; James Curry - Delia Larkin: More harm to the Big Fellow than any of the employers?; .....more

Saothar 35

No. 35

€20

Conor McCabe - The Irish Labour Party and the 1920 Local Elections; John Hogan - Payback: the Dublin bricklayers' strike, 1920-1921; .....more
Saothar 34

No. 34

€20

Michael O'Connell 'What a pity at the very source of wealth': strikes and emigration, Berehaven mining district, 1861-c1900; John Borgonovo 'A Soviet in embryo': Cork's food crisis and the People's Food Committee, 1917-1918; .....more
Saothar 33

No. 33

€20

Martin Maguire Civil service trade unionism in Ireland (part 1); John Hogan Locked out: the 1905 dispute between the Bricklayers' Union (AGIBSTU) and the Master Builders' Association; .....more

Saothar 32

No. 32

€20

Emmet O'Connor 1907: a titanic year for Belfast Labour; Bryce Evans The Construction Corps, 1940-1948; .....more
Saothar 34

No. 31

€20

Dominic Haugh The ITGWU in Limerick, 1917-1922; Aileen O'Carroll Work organisation, technology, community and change: the story of the Dublin docker; .....more
Saothar 30

No. 30

€20

Colm Breatnach Working class resistance in pre-Famine County Dublin: the Dalkey quarry strikes of the 1820s; Conor McCabe The context and course of the Irish railway disputes of 1911; .....more

Saothar 29

No. 29

€20

Melanie Nolan Kith, kin and the working class: a transfer of Ulster-Scots culture to New Zealand;
Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh Female teachers and professional trade unions in early twentieth century Ireland; .....more


Also available: Saothar No.3, Nos 5 to 26, and No 28. Phone or email for prices.




Contributing to Saothar


We welcome articles; essays; document, film and visual art studies; oral histories; archival and conference reports; as well as letters on the content of the journal or labour history generally. Articles should be of relevance to the history of the Irish working class, or Irish workers abroad, and should not deal primarily with events less than thirty years old. By the 'history of the Irish working class' we mean waged and unwaged workers, their lives, work, economic conditions, social and cultural relationships, leaders. organisations, movements, values and ideas. Studies of anti-labour organisations or anti-socialist groups are also of relevance. We are particularly interested in studies that focus on the 'everyday life' of workers and their families. Features other than articles, such as essays, may be more contemporary in scope.

Co-Editors of Saothar: Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley (NUI Galway) & Dr. Martin Maguire (Dundalk Institute of Technology).

Correspondence should be sent to Saothar, c/o Sarahanne Buckley, Sarahanne.buckley@nuigalway.ie and Martin Maguire, Martin.Maguire@dkit.ie

Advertising and distribution queries should be directed to the business manager, c/o ILHS, Labour History Museum and Archives.



Indices of Saothar


Please click on the links below to view the complete index of Saothar.

Index 1973 - 2000

Index 2001 - 2011



It is only when you see a complete set of Saothar, which first appeared on May Day 1975, sitting on a library shelf that you appreciate what an achievement for the Irish Labour History Society (ILHS) the journal is. This is remarkable given the almost total absence of any academic base for the subject in 1975. It is even more remarkable when the continuing narrowness - perhaps even the narrowing - of that base is considered. These days, following the 'collapse of socialism' and 'end of history', labour history studies are fast disappearing from third level institutions. The strength of the ILHS, and therefore its journal, has never been reliant on academia however. There has been strong support, no strings attached, from the labour movement. This is reflected in the unique image of the journal with its 'fraternal' advertisements from trade unions.

An interesting question, when gazing at the thousands of pages of text, is: how much of this work would have been published were it not for Saothar ? The suspicion is that very little of it would have appeared elsewhere. This is not to denigrate the standard of the contributions over the years - for Saothar has been acclaimed for reaching and maintaining high standards of scholarship - but to observe that labour history and working class experience have never been popular subjects in Irish economic and social history studies

A second, very important, observation is that many of those who contribute to each issue of Saothar are first-time historians - young research students, labour movement activists, civil and public servants, teachers and those from other disciplines pursuing a particular interest. Reading through the 'List of Contributors' each year is to realise the breadth of encouragement offered by the Society and its journal. It is a policy in which the journal takes great pride and one that has seen a number of contributors - having broken their publication 'ducks' in Saothar - go on to establish significant roles for themselves in Irish historiography.

Almost no book on Irish labour or social history now appears without some reference to Saothar material; this shows the journal is being used. This is encouraging as after issue five it was consciously decided to attempt to create a 'working tool' for labour historians. The 'Sources' and 'Bibliography' sections, in particular, have been acknowledged and utilized as an essential starter reference before the research plunge is taken.


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