Lockout Podcasts

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 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.

End of the Lockout

By Padraig Yeates.

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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