“Blackguard” Tom Daly …a story so big we needed two parts to tell it !

Irish Citizen Army Members on Roof of Liberty Hall

Irish Citizen Army Members on Roof of Liberty Hall

On the 16th April 1916 an Irish Republican flag was flown for the first time over Liberty Hall. It was a hugely symbolic ceremony , a message of defiance and a signal of intent by the Irish Citizen Army. Amongst those caught up in the excitement and emotion of the day was Tom Daly. In the second instalment of a two part feature, Hugo McGuinness continues the story of “Blackguard” Tom Daly. ( See part one here -http://eastwallforall.ie/?p=2261 ) A North Dock resident,  ITGWU member and Citizen Army volunteer, Daly was acquitted of murdering a blackleg during the Lockout , but jailed for assaulting two scabs. We continue his story in 1915 after  he had been released from jail, and was working at Croydon Park, Marino, which was rented by the union. 

Click below for full story

http://eastwallforall.ie/?p=2294 

The “Blackguard” Daly, the Lockout and the killing of “Harten the Blackleg” 1913 Lockout, East Wall, History, Irish Citizen Army

Court Sketch of Tom Daly on Trial in 1914

Court Sketch of Tom Daly on Trial in 1914

East Wall for All has produced the first of a two part article on the life of Tom Daly, the ITGWU strike falsely accused of murdering Thomas Harten, the only ‘scab’ or strike

Letter offering Reward

Letter offering Reward

breaker killed in the 1913 Lockout

For the full story go to http://eastwallforall.ie/?p=2261

 

 

President presented with copy of Book recording 1913 Lockout events in Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown)

photo 3Mike Lee (left) of Dun Laoghaire 1913 Committee presents copy of the book produced to tell the story of the great Dublin Lockout in Kingstown (as it was then known) to President Michael D Higgins in Aras an Uachtarain on Friday, April 4th, 2014. During the Lockout local Irish Transport and General Workers’ Branch Byrne FuneralSecretary James Byrne died.

The photograph on the right is thought to be of the funeral of James Byrne, who was buried on 4 November. He had died of pneumonia, having contracted it in custody on hunger and thirst strike, after being arrested on 20 October  for alleged intimidation of a labourer at Heiton’s coal depot. He claimed he had been framed. Over three thousand workers marched to Deans Grange cemetery to bury Byrne in an unmarked grave. James Connolly gave the funeral oration.

He said Byrne had been murdered, ‘As surely as any of the long list of those who had suffered for the sacred cause of liberty. The police vultures and master vultures were not content until they had got Byrne into prison. He had been thrown into a cold, damp, mouldy cell, but so contemptuous was he of those who put him there, that he refused food and drink. If their murdered comrade could send them a message it would be to go on with the fight.’

 

A Song for the Green Crow

Green CrowSunday next 30th March at 7.30 pm the Cle Club will present a dramatic musical and theatrical entertainment based on songs, music, blasts and benedictions of playwright Sean PRINTS_ 021O’Casey. Sunday next is Sean’s Birthday and for the occasion his daughter Shivaun will be in Liberty Hall to participate in this musical celebration. O’Casey the author of so many internationally acclaimed plays was a lifelong supporter and admirer of Jim Larkin, was first Secretary of The Citizen Army, Secretary of the relief committee during the 1913 Lockout and a member of the ITGWU. This production is written and directed by Des Geraghty and supported by some of Ireland’s top singers and musical performers. Tickets are are available from Liberty Hall for €15 or €10 concessions for Union members. Number 0818 205 205 or on line at www. ctb.
This year is the 50th Anniversary of O’Casey’s death in 1964 in Devon.

Scenes from Irish Citizen Army Commemoration in Liberty Hall, Saturday March 22nd, 2014 – And Minutes Silence for Shane MacThomais

Sabina Higgins reading from Sean O'Casey's Story of the Irish Citizens Army published in 1917

Sabina Higgins reading from Sean O’Casey’s Story of the Irish Citizens Army published in 1917

There was a big turnout for Irish Citizen Army Commemoration in Liberty Hall on Saturday. When SIPTU President Jack O’Connor opened proceedings he asked for  a minute’s silence on behalf of Shane MacThomais. It’s the first time a historian received such an accolade in Liberty Hall – maybe they did it for Sean O’Casey – but unlikely.

 

The ICA gives battle

The ICA gives battle – ANU Players
 

Dr Ann Matthews gave a lecture on the formation of the ICA. Sabina

Higgins gave readings from Sean O’Casey’s Story of the Irish Citizen Army and ANU Productions staged a dramatic event symbolising the organisation’s dramatic challenge to native capitalist and British imperialist alike. The ICA Constitution was also read out by members of the ANU cast.  It states:

  1. That the first and last principle of the Irish Citizen Army is the avowal that the ownership of Ireland, moral and material, is vested of right in the people of Ireland.
  2. That the Irish Citizen Army shall stand for the absolute unity of Irish nationhood, and shall support the rights and liberties of the democracies of all nations.
  3. That one of its objects shall be to sink all differences of birth, property and creed under the common name of Irish people.
  4. That the Irish Citizen Army shall be open to all who accept the principle of equal rights and opportunities for the Irish people.
  5. Before being enrolled, every applicant must, if eligible, be a member of his trade union, such union to be recognised by the Irish Trade Union Congress – See link to listen to some of the music and participants
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    Jack O'Connor asks for a minute's silence for Shane MacThomais

    Jack O’Connor asks for a minute’s silence for Shane MacThomais

    Striving for Workers Republic

    Striving for Workers Republic

     

    Des Geraghty, Jimmy Kelly and Jimmy Jordan performing

    Des Geraghty, Jimmy Kelly and Jimmy Jordan performing

Commemoration of the Irish Citizen Army March 22nd Liberty Hall, Dublin, 3pm

ICA Roof of Liberty HallThe formation of the Irish Citizen Army was a direct result of the 1913 Lockout but it was not until March 22nd, 1914, that it ceased to be ‘an airy nothing’, as Sean o'casey
O’Casey put it, and ‘began to forge its way into the stormy centre of Irish politics’. On that day the members voted to adopt a Constitution, elect an Army Council and agreed to rules and regulations that transformed the aspirations of its members into a programme of action.

The Constitution was short and to the point:

  1. That the first and last principle of the Irish Citizen Army is the avowal that the ownership of Ireland, moral and material, is vested of right in the people of Ireland.
  2. That the Irish Citizen Army shall stand for the absolute unity of Irish nationhood, and shall support the rights and liberties of the democracies of all nations.
  3. That one of its objects shall be to sink all differences of birth, property and creed under the common name of Irish people.
  4. That the Irish Citizen Army shall be open to all who accept the principle of equal rights and opportunities for the Irish people.
  5. Before being enrolled, every applicant must, if eligible, be a member of his trade union, such union to be recognised by the Irish Trade Union Congress.*

*This last point was added to O’Casey’s draft on the suggestion of Jim Larkin, who chaired the meeting. It was formally proposed by Countess Markievicz and seconded by Thomas Healy.

Some things change and some things remain the same – Fighting for Fairness at Work and Justice in Society are slogans as relevant today as they were in 1914

This coming Saturday, March 22nd, there will be a Commemoration at Liberty Hall 3 pm to 4 pm including an Event by ANU Productions, Music by Des Geraghty and Friends, a Lecture on Foundation of the ICA by Ann Matthews and much more.

Admission Free

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International Women’s Day in Dublin and A Walk With Rosie – Saturday, March 8th

 

Rosie Hackett with Frank Robbins, Cathal O'Shannon, Mick Kelly, Bill O'Brien and Tom O'REilly outside Liberty Hall

Rosie Hackett with (Left to Right) Frank Robbins, Cathal O’Shannon, Mick Kelly, Bill O’Brien and Tom O’Reilly outside Liberty Hall on her retirement

This Saturday (March 8th) year a very small woman will cast a long shadow over International Women’s Day in Dublin, where a very successful campaign by Labour Youth activists

Mary Mulvihill of Ingenious Ireland (left), Abigail Riley one of participants in first Rosie Hackett walk last Saturday and Therese Caherty, Chairperson of the IWWU Committee at the end of the walk outside Liberty Hall

Mary Mulvihill of Ingenious Ireland (left), Abigail Riley one of participants in first Rosie Hackett walk last Saturday and Therese Caherty, Chairperson of the IWWU Committee at the end of the walk outside Liberty Hall

has led to the naming of the new Luas Bridge across the River Liffey after Rosie Hackett, the 1913 and 1916 veteran, who was also a life long veteran trade unionist.

There will be a Rosie Hackett Walk in the morning led by Mary Mulvihill of Ingenious Ireland starting at 10.50 am on the site of Jacob’s Biscuit factory beside the entrance of DIT, at the junction of Aungier Street, Bishop Street and Redmond’s Hill at 10.50 am. This will visit sites in the city linked with Rosie Hackett, the 1913 Lockout and Easter Rising.
A very successful trial run took place last Saturday, March 1st and hopefully the weather will be as gloriously sunny this weekend. Unfortunately it is already booked out but it is hoped to run similar walks during the coming summer season because of the demand. We will keep you posted
Meanwhile there is a Night of Music & Spoken Word to celebrate the naming of the Rosie Hackett Bridge from 7pm until 10 pm at Cois Life Bar, Liberty Hall.

MC Tara Flynn, actor/writer

Music by Zrazy – All welcome and it’s free – although all donations will be graciously received – Proceeds to the IWWU Committee

Last Performance of RADE Play that won ‘Spirit of the Fringe’ and ‘Best off Site Production’ in Liberty Hall at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, March 4th

RADE’s ’100 Years Ago’ received rave reviews when it was performed in Dublin Theatre Festival and later in December last year. There is one last performance in Liberty Hall at 7.30 pm on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014. It is being given in aid of the Simon Community.RADE Poster 14-03-04

“A Hundred Years Ago” explores the dramatic events that evolved through the autumn of 1913 when ordinary workers took a stand with Jim Larkin against the employers of Dublin city and the subsistence wages that held them in slavery. The play is delivered with bawdy and raucous humor that includes both jaunty and haunting ballad songs. The food kitchens, proselytizers and Monto girls all come to life as do families and workers struggling to survive in the slum tenements. Here you will find the Dubliners irreverent wit, chiseled from their ancestors and presented warts and all by the RADE Company in their distinctive style.
Much of the dialogue for this year’s show has been compiled from our creative writing class, which gives the drama a tangible and authentic voice addressing this exciting and conflicting period in Dublin’s history.
RADE’s critically acclaimed show “the last ten years” was nominated for a Spirit of the Fringe and Best Off Site Production at the 2012 Dublin Fringe Festival.

“A Hundred Years Ago”, RADE’s acclaimed play will have a final farewell performance, in Liberty Hall Theatre, on Tuesday 4th March at 7.30pm in aid of Dublin Simon Community – tickets €10/€5(unwaged) from 0818 205 205 www.ctb.ie/myticket

Art and the Lockout

Alan Weldon outlines the scope of the recent unusual Nearfm take on the 1913 Lockout

Cathy Henderson, Centre with Volunteers Elizabeth Brennan (left) and Mary Hunter working on the Bloody Sunday Panel of the 1913 Tapestry

Cathy Henderson, Centre with Volunteers Elizabeth Brennan (left) and Mary Hunter working on the Bloody Sunday Panel of the 1913 Tapestry

Reinterpreting 1913 is a radio series which looked at the Artistic influence that the lockout has had on a number of different artistic disciplines over the past Century. It aims to explore how historical conflict can give creative inspiration to people involved in the Arts.

In Episode 1

We looked at how the media of the time used photographs and cartoons to portray the events of the lockout in a way that positively reflected the workers’ side of the story.

We heard from members of the RADE project who feature in the exhibition and drama “100 years ago”. They talk us through their artistic responses to the lockout in the form of paintings and sculptures and explain their interpretations.

Musician Enda Reilly performed his version of Yeats “September 1913? and talked us through the process of arranging the poem for song. Click on link below for this and other episodes

http://nearfm.ie/podcast/category/reinterpreting-1913/

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LARKIN AND MURPHY TO STAR IN JAMESON DUBLIN FILM FESTIVAL

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Jed Murray as Jim Larkin in Dublin Fringe Festival

Jed Murray as Jim Larkin in Dublin Fringe Festival

 

THE ASKWITH INQUIRY TO BE SHOWN AS PART OF JAMESON FILM FESTIVAL  

The Inquiry: From the 29th September to the 6th October 1913, in a meeting room in the East Wing of Dublin Castle, the two key protagonists of the lockout, trade unionist Jim Larkin and industrialist William Martin Murphy were cross-examined, delivered evidence and made statements to the Board of Trade Inquiry into the Dublin Industrial Dispute headed by Sir George Askwith. As the British and international media looked on an iconic clash of ideolgies and personalities took place which still resonates today.

For review and booking details go to:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/artsvibe/gems-shine-light-on-history-at-dublin-film-fest-257136.html

Saturday, February 22nd:

12.30 pm: ’The Inquiry’, a dramatisation of the Asklwith Inquiry into the 1913 Lockout. The cast includes Stephen Murray as Jim Larkin, Bosco Hogan as William Martin Murphy, Pat O’Donnell as James Connolly and Gerry O’Brien as T M Healy. The Lighthouse, Smithfield, Dublin.

 

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