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 30 August 7am

    Excerpt from The Irish Times commenting on the scenes of opulence and destitution to be found within a stone's throw of each other in Dublin.

    Lockout 30 August 9am

    Glasnevin Museum historian, Shane MacThomais on the causes of death in 1913 and the rise in mortality rates during the Lockout.

    Lockout 30 August 11am

    Census Bulletin: South Dublin Union Workhouse. Catriona Crowe from the National Archives illustrates the circumstances enduring by Dublin's poor by reading an entry from the 1911 Census.

    Lockout 30 August 1pm

    Author, Padraig Yeates explains why we'll never know how many died as a direct result of the Lockout.

    Lockout 30 August 3pm

    Why the Lockout ended by historian, Niamh Puirseil.

    Lockout 30 August 5pm

    Were there any winners? - historian, Donal Fallon.

    Lockout 30 August 7pm

    Historian, Paul Rouse on what became of the striking workers after the Lockout.

    'Who Fears to Wear the Blood Red Badge?'

    Francy Devine's rendition of this song.

    Financial Support for Locked Out Workers

    Padraig Yeates on how the Lockout lasted from August, 1913 until January, 1914.

    The Plight of Children of the Lockout

    By Ann Matthews.

    The Lockout was not Inevitable

    Padraig Yeates tells us why.

    Silence surrounding the Lockout

    By oral historian, Mary Muldowney.

    After the Lockout

    Ann Matthews wonders what became of people after 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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