RTÉ Television is working on a new documentary aiming to tell the story of the 1913 Lockout. The programme with the working title of 'My Lockout' is due for broadcast later this year. The production team are trying to trace the descendents of two people who were on strike from the Jacob’s biscuit factory at the time.
Eugene Salmon was a 17 year old, who died trying to save one of his younger sisters, in September 1913, when the tenement building his family was living in on Church Street collapsed. Research so far suggests there were no other boys in the family so if there are descendents out there, they obviously would no longer have the Salmon/Sammon surname. Eugene's sisters names were Mary (aged 14) Margaret (aged 11), Christina (aged 7), Sarah (3) and Josephine (18 months). After 1913, the family seem to have moved to No.3 High St. & No. 20 the Coombe.
Mary Ellen Murphy, was convicted of assaulting another woman who was still at work; in November, 1913, being only 15 years old, Mary Ellen was still a minor, so it was not possible to send her to jail; she was put in to High Park convent, which also housed a Magdalen laundary and as a result a huge controversy broke out about the dangers to Mary Ellen’s virtue and character! She had two brothers, John (aged 16) and Patrick (aged 9) and three sisters, Alice (aged 12), Christina (aged 7) and Catherine (aged 3). The Murphy family lived at 31 Peter St. in 1911 and Mary Ellen had an address, 37 Bride St. in 1914.
If you are a descendant of either of these people or think you may have any information about what happened to them, the production team would love to hear from you. You can contact the 'My Lockout' team with any information which might help their research at [email protected]