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Strike News - September 1st 1913: How the day unfolded

Published: 1 September 1913

Below is a real-time summary of the events in relation to the strike action in Dublin on the 1st September.

10am: It is reported that 40 men employed by the Port and Docks Board at the Custom House stores have been locked out for supporting the tram workers.

11am: The Irish Times has referred to the events in and around the city centre of the last few days as a ‘an orgy of lawlessness and cowardly crime’. The paper also prints a letter from Count Markieviez in which he compares the police baton charges on Sunday to the events of ‘Red Sunday’ in St Petersburg. The Irish Times acknowledges that some innocent bystanders were batoned by the police, but that these incidents did not amount to evidence of police brutality as the streets were thronged with strikers and the idle. It concludes that the police used reasonable force to deal with a violent crowd.

12pm: It has been confirmed that workers have been locked out at the following businesses: W and R Jacob, which has shut completely, the tramworks at Inchicore where all men striking have been dismissed, Tedcastle, McCormack and Co., the coal merchants have locked out 100 workers, and Wookey and Sons of Leixlip have shut their operations.

3pm: James Larkin has appeared in court. He was still dressed in his disguise that he wore on Sunday. He has been charged with inciting a breach of the peace.

5pm: The Inquest begins into the death of James Nolan who died on Sunday morning from injuries he received in Saturday night’s disturbances. The cause of death was a blow to the head which fractured his skull and resulting haemorrhaging. The Inquest heard witnesses recall that Mr Nowlan had been struck by a police baton.

8pm: It is reported that a force of policemen stationed outside the Jacob’s Factory, where workers have been locked out, have come under attack from a crowd throwing stones.

10pm: Disturbances reported in Redmond’s Hill and Wexford Street. Shop windows were smashed, and attempts have been made to tear up the tram rails. The police are reported to be dealing with a riotous crowd in Capel Street. A number of arrests have been made. So far this evening 37 civilians have been taken to hospital for treatment to wounds received during the disturbances.


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