February Book Club: Strumpet City
We’re already in year two of the so-called ‘decade of anniversaries’ and there is no doubt about which is the most significant centenary this year.
In August 1913, right in the middle of the Dublin Horse Show, tram workers who were members of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union abandoned their posts and went on strike. Thus began the 1913 Lockout.
It was a long and bitter conflict, often simplistically seen as a struggle between two men, James Larkin of the ITGWU and William Martin Murphy, newspaper proprietor, tramways owner and leading light of the Employers Federation.
In 1969 writer James Plunkett published his masterpiece, Strumpet City, with the events of the Lockout at its centre.
Is Strumpet City Ireland’s greatest historical novel?
Oral historian Mary Muldowney, Enda Leaney of Dublin City Libraries, and historian and journalist Padraig Yeates, discussed the book and the events of 1913.
Padraig Yeates is author of Lockout: Dublin 1913.
Strumpet City has been chosen as Dublin City Libraries’ One City One Book for 2013. A new edition published by Gill & McMillan will be available in bookshops on 1 March.
The One City One Book Festival runs throughout the month of April. Link to events here
THE CAUSE OF LABOUR: 1913 AND BEYOND
1-2 March 2013
UCC will host a two-day conference on the 1913 Dublin lock-out, and the role of labour during the ‘revolutionary decade’ of 1912-23 on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 March.
The event which is organised by the UCC School of History, in association with SIPTU, is free and open to all and is the second in a series of conferences entitled ‘Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution’, which are being organised by the School of History UCC to mark the ‘Decade of Commemorations. 1912-23’.