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 Podcasts


    Lockout 29 August 7am

    'The Citizen Army' recited by Sam Nolan

    Lockout 29 August 9am

    Proslytism during the Lockout by Des Geraghty.

    Lockout 29 August 11am

    Jim Larkin imprisoned for sedition by historian, Niamh Puirseil.

    Lockout 29 August 1pm

    Reducing the Lockout to a battle between good and evil is a big mistake argues historian Paul Rouse.

    Lockout 29 August 3pm

    The striking women by oral historian, Mary Muldowney.

    Lockout 29 August 5pm

    Historian, Conor Mulvagh on why there was no sympathy from the Irish parliament for the locked out workers.

    Lockout 29 August 7pm

    Excerpt from the writings of Sean O'Casey on the outbreak of the Lockout.

    Sir Charles Cameron

    Historian, Donal Fallon on why this man should not be forgotten.

    Child Beggars

    Extract from Irish Citizen Newspaper.

    Battle of the newspapers

    How the battle was fought through newspapers by Mary Muldowney.

    Battle between Murphy and Larkin

    Historian, Niamh Puirseil explans how this played out.

    Mary Ellen Murphy

    A pen picture by oral historian, Mary Muldowney.

    Catholic Church and the Lockout

    Historian, Paul Rouse on Catholic Church opposition to the Lockout.

    Rosie Hackette

    A pen picture by oral historian, Mary Muldowney.

    George Russell letter

    Extract from open letter to employers which appeared in The Irish Times.

    Guns supplied by employers

    Author Padraig Yeates describes how employers armed workers with weapons to defend themselves.

    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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