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


    Lockout 28 August 7am

    Tension between strikers and police becomes a middle class spectators sport explains historian, Conor Mulvagh.


    Lockout 28 August 9am

    'Who Fears to Wear the Blood Red Badge' sung by Francy Devine.


    Lockout 28 August 11am

    Reading: Sinn Fein President, Arthur Griffith denounces Jim Larkin


    Lockout 28 August 1pm

    Petty snobberies among the working class by historian, Ann Matthews.


    Lockout 28 August 3pm

    Des Geraghty describes how families in Ringsend ambushed coal carts during the Lockout.


    Lockout 28 August 5pm

    Save the Kiddies Scheme - why it never worked by historian, Paul Rouse.


    Lockout 28 August 7pm

    Glasnevin Museum historian, Shane MacThomais tells us about Lockout victim, Alicia Brady.



    Oral historian, Mary Muldowney on Locked out workers who were evicted from their homes.


    William Martin Murphy on Larkinism

    William Martin Murphy coined the word Larkinism, as explained by historian, Niamh Puireil.


    Beginnings of the Irish Citizen Army

    Glasnevin Museum historian, Shane MacThomais.


    William O'Brien and Jim Larkin

    Oral historian, Mary Muldowney


    Tenement Fires

    Tenement life was hazardous, as explained by Glasnevin Museum historian, Shane MacThomais.


    Penny Dinners

    Historian, Ann Matthews on the people who were forced to turn to charity to be fed.


    Lack of Support for Strikers from Irish Parliament

    Historian, Niamh Puirseil on the attitudes of Irish Parliament to the Locked out workers.


    Delia Larkin

    Oral historian, Mary Muldowney on Jim Larkin's sister.


    How Larkin transformed the system of paying workers on the docks

    Explained by Des Geraghty.


    Grace Nail

    Historian, Ann Matthews on Grace Nail and the Liberty Hall soup kitchen.


    Suffragettes and the Lockout

    Oral historian, Ann Matthews on suffragette involvement in the Lockout.

    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

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


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