Under One Roof – Plaque to Newspaper Editor and Labour Leader

A commemorative historic plaque will be unveiled  this weekend at the birthplace of former newspaper editor Douglas Gageby  [he edited the Evening Press and later The Irish Times] and the former residence of trade union leader Jim Larkin [founder of the ITGWU, now Siptu] , in Ranelagh, Dublin 6.
Participants will include Jim Larkin’s grand-daughter, Mrs Stella McConnon; members of the Gageby family; Siptu president Jack O’Connor; Prof. John Horgan; and local historians. James Connolly’s great-grandson and local historian, Jim Connolly Heron, will also be  there.
The project has been funded by former Irish participants in the Journalistes en Europe fellowship programme in Paris. Mr Gageby had served as a member of the Journalistes en Europe Council.
The event is at:
54 Beechwood Avenue Upper – Ranelagh – Dublin 6
 at 2.30pm on Saturday,  14th January 2017

   THE FORGOTTEN HEROINES OF THE RISING by Joe Duffy (author of Children of the Rising)



” History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived , but , if faced with courage need not be lived again “


Thankfully none of the 77 members of Cumann na mBan that have rightly featured so strongly in the revised narrative of the 1916 Rising centenary were killed during the rebellion.

They have been commemorated in 2016 by their central role in the RTE TV series, Rebellion, the Richmond Barracks project, the National Museum, books, murals; and a stunning bus montage by the acclaimed artist David Rooney which showed the ‘women of the rising’.

But as the centenary draws to a close and debate continues about how the “women of the rising ” were commemorated, “all failed to mention the 45 adult women who died violently in Easter Week 1916. In total at least 485 were killed in the Rising -the majority were civilians – 54 women and over 200 men.


SOS to relatives of doomed ship for information and memorabilia for commemorative centenary


Organisers of the centenary events to mark the sinking of the Dún Laoghaire to Holyhead Mail Boat, RMS LEINSTER, on October 10th, 1918, have appealed for descendants of those who were aboard the ship to make contact with them with a view to receiving personal  invitations to the coming events.  The organisers are also appealing to anyone who has artefacts from the ship to loan them to the organisers for a major exhibition to mark the centenary.
The Mail Boat was sunk just a month before the end of World War 1, after it had departed Dún Laoghaire, resulting in the  the loss of over 500 lives, making it the worst recorded disaster on the Irish Sea.
All interested are requested to write to the Centenary Committee c/o 3 Eblana Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin.


Belfast and 1916 – A Hundred Years On: Is that long enough to allow time for reflection?



Countess Commemoration by Technical Engineering and Electrical Union, the union she helped found


SIPTU to Unveil Plaque to Honour ICA leader Michael Mallin and all those members of the ICA from the Inchicore area of Dublin on October 8th


Countess Markievicz to be Commemorated by Union she helped found


1922: Labour Must Wait?


‘Personally I would prefer to see no army in Ireland. The very existence of an army means fighting, and if it is not fighting for some aggressive purpose, it will be drawn into some European war, or will be turned on the workers, or something of that sort. My views on the army question might not be acceptable to the whole Congress, but I do think we ought to make up our minds as to what form of army there will be in the future, whether it is to be professional, or such an army as is established in other small countries’. (Louie Bennett, Irish Women Workers Union)

Part of the fascinating debate by the Irish Trade Union Congress and Labour Party in 1922 on whether they should run candidates or not in the Treaty debate. Supporters and opponents of the Treaty called on Labour to wait yet again as in 1918, but the majority of delegates voted to participate and the party won 22 seats.

To access the ITUC&LP Archive for 1901-1925 go to http://centenaries.nationalarchives.ie/centenaries/.

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