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
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 26 August 7am
Historian, Donal Fallon on the events that led to the start of the Lockout.
Lockout 26 August 9am
Des Geraghty, former President of SIPTU describes his family's experience during the Lockout.
Lockout 26 August 11am
Who was William Martin Murphy? by author, Padraig Yeates.
Lockout 26 August 1pm
Jim Larkin's philosophy by historian, Niamh Puirseil.
Lockout 26 August 3pm
Historian, Ann Matthews on her mother's memories of the Lockout.
Lockout 26 August 5pm
Why the Lockout was regarded by nationalist Ireland as a huge inconvenience by historian, Conor Mulvagh.
Lockout 26 August 7pm
Why it's called a Lockout by historian, Niamh Puirseil.
Census Bulletin - No. 3 Handkerchief Alley
Catriona Crowe from the National Archives illustrates the circumstances enduring by Dublin's poor by reading an entry from the 1911 Census
Housing conditions in Dublin in were very bad with the slums considered some of the worst in the UK. The 1911 census shows that 26,000 families in Dublin city lived in tenements, 20,000 of them in single rooms.
Christiaan Corlette, author of Darkest Dublin takes Colette Kinsella on a virtual tour of Dublin tenement life in 1913.
The Plight of Workers
In this extract, Jim Larkin talks about the plight of workers.
Background to the Lockout
Historian, Niamh Puirseil describes the circumstances that led to the Lockout
Why the Lockout Happened in 1913
Historian, Niamh Puirseil.
Start of the Lockout
Author, Padraig Yeates describes the start of the Lockout.
The Lockout begins
Oral historian, Mary Muldowney adds her perspective to the start of the Lockout.
20,000 on Strike
Historian, Niamh Puirseil on the thousands who would be involved in the Lockout.
Author, Padraig Yeates gives his view on Jim Larkin.
Jim Larkin's Background
Historian, Donal Fallon on the rise of Jim Larkin.
Historian, Donal Fallon paints a picture of James Connolly.
William Martin Murphy
Historian, Niamh Puirseil on the leader of the employers, William Martin Murphy.
William Martin Murphy
Historian, Donal Fallon on this complex man.
One Big Union
Larkin's commitment to One Big Union by Des Geraghty.
Bohemians/Shelbourne Football Match
The match that sparked trouble on the eve of Bloody Sunday by Donal Fallon.
1913 poem recited by labour historian, Francy Devine.
Why It's Called a Lockout
Historian, Padraig Yeates explains why it's called a Lockout and not a strike.
Oh Lily Bright
Song written and performed by Des Geraghty.
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