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

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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.

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

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

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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

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Countess Markievicz to be Commemorated by Union she helped found

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1922: Labour Must Wait?

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‘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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Fifth Mother Jones Festival celebrates Cork’s most famous revolutionary socialist

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Launch of the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival and Summer School 2016

Maldron Hotel, Shandon on Wednesday 29th June at 1pm.

 The 2016 Spirit of Mother Jones Festival/ Summer School will again be held in Shandon and this year has been extended over five days through the August bank Holiday weekend from Thursday 28th July until Monday 1st August 2016. The last day is designated by Cork City Council as Mother Jones Day in the city. Hundreds of visitors are expected from all over Ireland, England and Scotland to what has become quite a major summer school featuring over 20 different events.   (more…)

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