RTÉ Radio 1 Remembers The 1913 Lockout
On 26 August 1913, the trams stopped running in Dublin. The workers who abandoned their vehicles were members of Jim Larkin’s Irish Transport and General Workers Union. They were protesting against a demand from their employer, William Martin Murphy to sign a pledge to leave the union. They faced the choice of giving up union membership or being sacked.
This marked the beginning of the 1913 Dublin Lockout which would ultimately involve 20,000 workers and 300 employers. One hundred years later, it remains the most famous labour dispute in Irish history. During the six months of the Lockout, families endured severe poverty, hardship and starvation.
RTÉ Radio 1 broadcasts during the week of 26 August
RTÉ Radio 1 Remembers the Lockout during the week of 26 August with a selection of short podcasts giving a flavour of the time, the tenements, the characters involved in the dispute and how it affected the workers and their families.
These will be broadcast during ad breaks at 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm.
We have produced over 100 podcasts to mark the centenary of the Lockout with a mix of family history, verse, song and historical analysis.
Listen here to the full schedule of podcasts, with contributions from the following:
Padraig Yeates, author of Lockout Dublin 1913
Niamh Puirseil, historian
Donal Fallon, historian and lecturer
Catriona Crowe, National Archives of Ireland
Des Geraghty, former president of SIPTU
Conor Mulvagh, historian
Ann Matthews, historian
Shane MacThomais, Glasnevin Museum
Dr. Paul Rouse, School of History and Archives, UCD
Francis Devine, labour historian
Sam Nolan, Dublin Council of Trade Unions
Mary Muldowney, oral historian
David Herlihy, actor.
Aonghus McAnally, RTÉ Radio.
Gerry McArdle, RTÉ Radio
Citizens: Lockout 1913-2013
Listen to the six part documentary series narrating the events that led to the landmark labour versus capital conflict in Dublin in 1913, exploring the leaders on both sides and questioning the legacy of Lockout 1913 for Ireland today.
An episodic foray into the forgotten narrative of the 1913 Lockout. Listen here to the RTÉ Radio-play, Big Jim, by James Plunkett