Lockout

    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.


    Throughout 2013, items, interviews and series about the Lockout are being broadcast on RTÉ Radio One’s various programmes.These include The History Show, Liveline, Today with Pat Kenny and Arena as well as The Michael Littleton Memorial Lecture and the documentary series Citizens Lockout. Links to our Lockout coverage are listed below.

    Women and Children of the 1913 Lockout

    Jim Larkin and the 1913 Lock Out

    Soup Kitchens

    Music of The Lock Out

    Lockout Theatre Show

    February Book Club: Strumpet City

    The Michael Littleton Memorial Lecture

    Citizens Lockout 1913 to 2013

    Citizens Lockout 1913 to 2013 discussion
     

    Throughout the week of 26 August
    RTÉ Radio 1 Remembers the Lockout during the week of 26 August with a selection of short recorded pieces 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.

    Additional podcasts: we have produced over 100 podcasts to mark the centenary of the Lockout with a mix of family history, verse, song and historical analysis.

    Lockout Podcasts

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    Lockout 27 August 7am

    Census Bulletin - No. 13 Buckingham St. Catriona Crowe from the National Archives illustrates the circumstances enduring by Dublin's poor by reading an entry from the 1911 Census.

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    Lockout 27 August 9am

    People didn't have enough money to buy soap during the Lockout by historian, Ann Matthews.

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    Lockout 27 August 11am

    Bloody Sunday 1913 by author, Padraig Yeates.

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    Lockout 27 August 1pm

    Dublin politics in 1913 by historian, Conor Mulvagh.

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    Lockout 27 August 3pm

    Come on and Join - sung by Des Geraghty.

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    Lockout 27 August 5pm

    Historian, Niamh Puirseil tells us about British union support for the locked out workers.

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    Lockout 27 August 7pm

    On 2 September 1913, seven people died when two tenements collapsed at numbers 66 and 67 Church Street. They had been passed safe by a Dublin Corporation inspection just a fortnight before this tragedy. Just who was responsible for the Church Street tenement collapse? by historian, Conor Mulvagh.

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    James Connolly Appeals to Workers

    Extract from speech.

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    Meeting on Sackville Street Outlawed on 31 August

    Donal Fallon explains the context.

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    Bloody Sunday 1913

    Historian, Niamh Puirseil gives a detailed description of Bloody Sunday

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    Eyewitness Account - Capt Robert Monteith

    Extract from Capt. Robert Monteith's eyewitness account of Bloody Sunday.

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    The Legend of Jim Larkin

    Historian, Paul Rouse on how Constance Markievich contributed to Jim Larkin's legend.

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    Constance Markievich

    A perspective by historian, Conor Mulvagh.

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    Church Street Collapse

    On 2 September 1913, 7 people died when two tenements collapsed at numbers 66 and 67 Church Street. They had been passed safe by a Dublin Corporation inspection just a fortnight before this tragedy. Shane MacThomais of Glasnevin Museum talks about the collapse and the victims involved.

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    Details of the Church Street Collapse

    Historian, Paul Rouse on details that emerged about the Church Street collapse.

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    Eugene Sammon

    Des Geraghty on one victim of the Church Street collapse.

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    Pawn Shops

    Glasnevin Museum historian, Shane MacThomais talks about how pawn shops worked.

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    Pawn Shops and The Poor

    Historian, Ann Matthews on what the poor pawned.

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    Scabs

    Oral historian, Mary Muldowney on scab labour.

    Podcast contributors:
    Padraig Yeates, author of Lockout Dublin 1913 (Gill & McMillan)
    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, lecturer, School of History and Archives, UCD
    Francis Devine, labour historian
    Sam Nolan, corresponding secretary, Dublin Council of Trade Unions
    Mary Muldowney, oral historian

    Readers:
    David Herlihy, actor.
    Aonghus McAnally, RTÉ Radio.
    Gerry McArdle, RTÉ Radio

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