The Dublin Lockout Exhibition

August 21st until  September 30th 2014 The Dublin Lockout Exhibition No 2 Kildare Street Dublin

This major exhibition shows Ireland in 1913 as a country in turmoil, divided by the issue of Home Rule – self-government for the country. Against this backdrop, a violent industrial conflict took centre stage: The Dublin Lockout. The NLI exhibition is free. It examines the background, events and aftermath of the conflict. The exhibition is part of a coordinated programme of events organised to commemorate the Dublin Lockout, and explore its contemporary resonance, as part of the Decade of Commemorations. It is a partnership between the National Library of Ireland and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ 1913 Commemoration Committee. The exhibition draws upon the NLI’s extensive historical and literary collections. It combines original documents, such as Jim Larkin’s hastily scribbled advice to union colleagues on the eve of “Bloody Sunday”, with multimedia presentations. Through the exhibition, visitors can share the experiences of those who lived through the Lockout, gaining a greater understanding of the issues facing the people of Dublin in  1913, and hear the opinions of present day commentators through short films and interactive touch screens. Opening Hours Mon – Wed: 9.30am – 7.45pm Thurs & Fri: 9.30am – 4.45pm Saturday: 9.30am – 4.30pm Sunday: 1:00pm – 4:45pm

Dublin Divided

September 26th 2013 – February 2nd 2014: 765_MacGonigal_Dockers_web Dublin Divided: September 1913 provides an opportunity to reflect on the different agenda of the individuals involved in that momentous and bitter dispute and explore how the history of the Gallery was interwoven with the Lockout. The workers’ leader, James Larkin, though raised in poverty, appreciated art and beauty and sought the cultural as well as economic and social liberation of the manual labourer. Seán O’Casey noted that Larkin wanted the rose along with the loaf of bread on a worker’s table. James Larkin supported Lane’s Municipal Gallery project, and declared that William Martin Murphy, for his meanness in the matter of Sir Hugh Lane’s offer, would be condemned to keep an art gallery in Hell. A century later, the HughLaneGallery’s collection contains many portraits of the key individuals who were active in the Lockout as well as works by artists who became involved in the dispute, including William Orpen and George Russell (AE). The exhibition also provides a rich resource of evocative images that depict life in Dublin in the late nineteenth century and first decades of the twentieth century. The exhibition features paintings, sculpture and drawings by artists including John Lavery, Sarah Purser, John and Jack B. Yeats, Casimir Markievicz, Auguste Rodin, Sarah Cecilia Harrison, Maurice MacGonigal and Louis le Brocquy. Dublin Divided: September 1913 is curated by Margarita Cappock, Head of Collections, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. A fully illustrated catalogue will be available with essays by Padraig Yeates, Margarita Cappock and Helen Carey. Margarita Cappock:, tel.: 01 2225557 Logan Sisley:, tel.: 01 2225562 Opening Hours Tuesday to Thursday 10.00am– 6.00pm Friday & Saturday 10.00am–5.00pm Sunday 11.00am–5.00pm Closed Mondays  


October 10th to November 14th:

There are three exhibitions that have just opened at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7. 

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President Michael D Higgins at launch of Tapestry – this panel is one of many at Exhibition

They are: 1913 Lockout: Impact & Aftermath, Banners Unfurled and Lockout: The Tapestry Opening Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 5pm Sunday: 2pm – 5pm Closed Mondays


FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER 9:45 Welcome Address: Felix Larkin, Chairman, NPHFI 10:00 – 12.00 Session 1 MUCKRACKERS AND THE PRESS Oliver O’Hanlon Henri Béraud: Blackguard, Muckraker and Crusader Chandra Clarke Telling it the Way She Saw It: Almena Davis Lomax, Journalist Patrick Maume D.P. Moran and The Leader Aoife Whelan Paper, tobacco, food and whiskey: Breandán Ó hEithir and the ‘craft’ of journalism 12:00 – 12:45 Lunch 12:45 – 15:00 SESSION 2 JOURNALISTS & PROPRIETORS Eugenia Palmegiano Looking Within/Looking Without: Periodicals’ Perceptions of Nineteenth-Century British Journalists John Horgan Editors: Powerful or Disposable? Louis MacRedmond and the Irish Independent David Finkelstein ‘A Last Hurrah’: The Powers of the Press as Represented in State of Play Ken Goldstein George McCullagh: How Canada’s almost-forgotten newspaper mogul altered the course of Canadian Journalism 15.00 0 15.30 Coffee Break 15:30 – 17:00 SESSION 3 CRUSADERS AND THE PRESS James Kelly Matthew Carey and the Volunteer’s Journal Myles Dungan Outing and othering: United Ireland and the Dublin Castle ‘scandals’ 1883-84 Mary Harris The significance of Eoin MacNeill’s contributions to the Irish Volunteer Sonya Perkins ‘Morbid stories are not wanted’: Fr Senan Moynihan, Editor of The Capuchin Annual 1930?54 17:00 – 18:00 Keynote Address: Martin Conboy, Professor of Journalism History, Sheffield University 19:30 – Late Conference Dinner   SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER 10:30 – 12.00 SESSION 4 1913 AND THE PRESS Karen Steele              To Be Announced Padraig Yeates         ‘The Lockout – A Very British Strike, A very Irish Commemoration’ Donal McCartney     To Be Announced  12:00 – 13:00 Lunch 13:00 – 14:00 Keynote Address: Pauric Travers, St Patrick’s College, Dublin 14:00 – 16:00 SESSION 5 JOURNALISM & THE PROVINCIAL PRESS Mícheál Ó Fathartaig ‘The Connacht Sentinel’: T.J.W. Kenny on watch till death for Galway’s sake Des Marnane ‘The great Pashaw of the Crowbar Brigade’: Peter Gill, the Tipperary Advocate and revisiting the past Mark Wehrly ‘A pastime for heroes and career for performing gypsies’: The role of journalists in the development of the game of golf in Ireland since 1880 Ciaran Bartlett ‘His Corpse Was Mighty Poor Pickin’, Maglone’: The Life and Work of R. A. Wilson aka Barney Maglone 16:00 – 16:30 AGM Sunday, November 10th: 12 noon: James Byrne Commemoration. Assemble Main Gate Deans Grange Cemetery County Dublin 3pm: Lecture: 1913–A Country & A City at a Crossroads with Padraig Yeates, Journalist & Author Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin. This event is free and open to the public. Early arrival is recommended as places … Capture Tuesday, November 12th: 7.30pm: Entwined Histories, by students of St Patrick’s College, Bearnageerha, Ashfield Girls High School, Assumption Grammar School, Wallace High School and Lagan College, Stranmillis College, Drama Theatre, Belfast legacyofthe1913lockout_booklaunch Thursday, November 14th: 6 pm: 100 Years Later: The Legacy of the 1913 Lockout: Book launch. Edited by Mary Muldowney and Ida Milne. Teachers Club, Parnell Square, Dublin. Speaker John Douglas, President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions 7.30 pm: 1913, the British Army and the salvation of the labour movement, by Padraig Yeates, Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association,Pearse Street Library, Dublin   ICASeminar6Nov Saturday, November 16th:

The Irish Citizen Army – Green Bolsheviks or Red Fenians?

A Seminar to Mark the Centenary of the founding of the Irish Citizen Army

Saturday, November 16th, 10.45 – 16.00

  Venue: Palatine Room, Collins Barracks, National Museum of Ireland Programme 10.45: Brian Hanley: ‘The Irish Citizen Army in Context 1913-1935’ 11.30: Ann Matthews: ‘The early years: The structure and Politics of the ICA, 1913-1916’ 12.15: Rachel Phelan: ‘The Story of the Starry Plough’

Lunch Break 13.00 to 14.00

14.00: Lay Joye: ‘The ICA as a military force’ 14.45: Liz Gillis:  ‘The Citizens of the Citizen   12 noon

Police Memorabilia Event Dublin Castle

Police Memorabilia Event Dublin Castle


Beresford Tower, Dublin Castle

  • 12 noon – The Lock Out by Mr. Padraig Yeates
  • 2 pm – The Theft of the Irish Crown Jewels by Dr. Myles Dungan
  • 4pm – Spying on Ireland – The Intelligence War during WWII by Prof. Eunan O’Halpin

Admission is free

                                                                                                     For further information, please email       Thursday, November 21st to Friday November 22nd Inaugural Conference for the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour & Class, Moore Institute, NUI Galway – for details go to: 

Abbey Theatre

Thursday, November 28th to Saturday, February 1st, 2014

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Monday – Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday matinees 2pm (18 January matinee 3pm) Sign-language interpreted performance: Thurs 23 January, 7.30pm Audio-described and captioned performance: Sat 25 January, 2pm Tickets prices: €13 – €45 / conc. €13 – €23


Friday, November 29th: 1pm: “Constance Markievicz and the Idea of Ireland”, by Lauren Arrington,  author of W.B. Yeats, the Abbey Theatre, Censorship and the Irish State is giving the 37th Countess Markievicz Memorial Lecture. at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street. With support from the Labour Relations Commission.


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2.30 pm: ‘A Hundred Years Ago’ A New Play by RADE – Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, OLV Building, Cathdral View Court, Dublin 8. Entrance Free. email or Tel 454 8733

  DerryTradesCouncilPoster-19-11-2013   Saturday, December 7th 1 pm: Derry, Larkinism, Class War and Women, A Day of Debate on the Lessons for Now of 1913. Speakers, Ann Matthews on Women in the Lockout, Emmet O’Connor on Larkinism in Derry, Brian Hanley on 1913: A Class Event and Padraig Yeates on The Limits of Larkinism. Thatched Cottage, Craft Village, Derry   Merchants Road Sunday, December 8th 2 pm: Re-enactment of East Wall Evictions – Venue The Merchants Market, East wall, Dublin   RTE TV Documentary Monday, December 16th 9.30pm: RTE One will broadcast a documentary on My Lockout involving descendants of participants, as well as the usual talking heads giving historical context.


AliciaBrady   Saturday, January 4th:  2pm:  The 1913 Lockout Centenary is not over yet – thousands of workers and their families were still subjected to extreme suffering a state repression in the winter of 1913-1914. One of the last casualties of the struggle for union recognition was 16 year old Alicia Brady’s death on January 1st. Her funeral took place on January 4th, 1914. On Saturday, January 4th, the 1913 Committee is holding a commemoration at 2pm, the same time as her funeral one hundred years ago on that day. Charles Watkins' Memorial Meeting leaflet Tuesday, January 7th: 6pm: RMT’s guest speaker to deliver this year’s Charles Watkins’ Memorial Lecture will be Labour historian Francis Devine, who will be talking on the 1913 Dublin Lockout. The event is free to attend and refreshments will also be provided. Unity House, 39 Chalton Street, London, NW1 1JD. The Memorial Lecture was initiated in 2009 as a result of an Annual General Meeting resolution. It commemorates the role of Charles Watkins, a key founding activist of the National Union of Railwaymen in 1913, who was a student at Ruskin College in 1909 and took part in the Ruskin strikes of that year.   Monday, January 14th:       8.00 pm: The 1913-1914 Lock-out in Kingstown week-by-week, by Charles Callan, Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education, Connolly.james (1) Wednesday, January 15th: 5.45pm: Labor & Dignity – James Connolly in America’ Exhibition Launch at TCD: The Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute is currently hosting an exhibition by New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House on the time that James Connolly spent in the United States between 1903 and 1910, where he witnessed the successes and failures of labor radicalism and unionization, and of working class conditions resulting from unregulated corporate expansion. The exhibition was funded by the Government of Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a contribution to Ireland’s Decade of Commemorations. To mark the launch of the exhibition in Trinity, Daphne Dyer Wolf will give a talk on the concept and research underpinning the exhibition. Ms Wolf is a PhD Candidate in History and Culture at Drew University and curated the exhibition with Prof Marion Casey, faculty member at Glucksman Ireland House, NYU. All welcome. Drogheda-09 Wednesday, January 15th: 8pm: The 2014 lecture programme of the Old Drogheda Society opens with an illustrated talk about the Great Dublin Lock-Out of 1913, its local impact and its aftermath by Francis Devine  in the Governor’s House, Millmount, Drogheda. Francis Devine, the acclaimed labour historian, author, poet and singer and his colleague, Fergus Russell, will tell the story of the Lock-Out through the songs and stories of the time, accompanied by fascinating contemporary images.  He has collected the contemporary songs and poems relating to the dispute and the singing of these songs, most of which have not been heard for a century. Representatives of the Millmount Research Unit will complement this exciting material with a parallel presentation on the reporting of the dispute in the local newspapers.  Although Drogheda itself was not directly involved in the cataclysmic events in the capital city, the story of the struggle of the farm labourers of North County Dublin for union recognition and for better wages and conditions cannot be separated from the better known events in Dublin.  As well as telling this story in detail, the presentation will also deal with the conflict within the communities of North Dublin, the response of the Church to the industrial unrest and the political developments arising from the dispute that prepared the way for a refocusing on the National Question and opened the path to the 1916 Rising.   Thursday, January 16th to Saturday, January 18th: Ireland’s national theatre presents a three-day symposium to debate the role of theatre in commemoration. Leading Irish playwrights, actors, directors and academics will come together to discuss the role of memory in making theatre and the challenges of commemorating historical events. Other speakers include, Thomas Kilroy, Declan Kiberd, Dr. Emelie Pine, Fintan O’Toole, Richard Kearney, Roddy Doyle, Dr. Cathy Leeney, Louise Lowe, Dr. Fearghal McGarry and Emer O’Kelly amongst others. Here is a link to the full programme:

Near FM
Friday January 24th to Friday February 7th
6  to 6.30 pm: ‘Reinterpreting 1913‘ is a Sound and Vision funded radio series which explores the artistic influence of the 1913 Lockout in Ireland. It begins Friday 24th of January at 6pm and runs for 3 weeks (January 24th, 31st and February 7th) onNearFM. It looks at the influence that the industrial dispute had on several different artistic disciplines including Literature, Song, Poetry, Drama and History. It explores well known texts such as James Plunkett’s “Strumpet City” and contemporary art pieces created by community groups in response to the 100 year commemoration of the Lockout. Interviewees include Joe Mooney (East Wall History Group), James Curry(Trinity College), Dr. Margarita Cappock (Hugh Lane), Helen Carey (Troubling Ireland Think Tank), Enda Reilly (Songwriter), Cathal Brennan (NearFM History Show), Dr. Anthony Haughey (DIT), Dr. Paul Delaney (Trinity College), Michael Sharp (NearFM Book programme), Cathy Henderson (Tapestry project) and Members of the RADE exhibition at the Axis Centre.NearFM broadcasts on 90.3FM in North East Dublin and is available to stream live internationally from

Trade Unionism Seminar Workshop Poster Saturday, January 25th: 2:30pm: After Lockout Centenary – Trade Union Organising in 2014 and Beyond Introduction – Gerry Craughwell, president Teachers Union of Ireland

2:40p.m. Panel discussion – Organising in the workplace – What works?
Eira Gallagher (SIPTU)
Jimmy Kelly (Unite)
Mandate organiser tbc
Facing the challenges in workplaces and communities – practical steps in how to organise
 4:30p.m. Break
Panel Discussion – Into the Future
Padraig O Tomhair (Independent Workers Union)
Ethel Buckley (SIPTU)
Migrants Rights Centre representative tbc
Concluding remarks
John Douglas (President Irish Congress of Trade Unions)
January 30th to March 2nd: THE MARKET: a project by Mark Curran to be installed at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris
…what people don’t understand… is that what happens in the market is pivotal to their lives… not on the periphery, but slap, bang, in the middle… (from telephone conversation with Trader (name withheld), Dealing Room, Investment Bank, London, February 2013) Mark Curran’s challenging new project THE MARKET sets out to make visible – literally and metaphorically – the sphere where our futures are speculated upon. His multi-media installation includes photographs, films, transcripts of interviews and a soundscape that investigate the functioning of the global stock and commodity markets. From Dublin to London, Frankfurt and Addis Abeba
Centre Culturel Irlandais 
5, rue des Irlandais  75005 – Paris  Opening times of the exhibitions:
2pm – 6pm Tuesday to Saturday (Late opening Wednesday until 8pm) 12.30pm – 2.30pm Sunday
The full programme is available here:
Saturday, February 1st:
2 pm and  7.30 pm: Last two performances of the Risen People, Abbey Theatre, Dublin
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3 pm: ‘ DEAR DIRTY DUBLIN’: A special concert commemorating the Dublin Lockout 1913 by the Contemporary Music Centre, The Royal Irish Academy of Music and Dublin City Gallery at The Hugh Lane, Parnell Square, Dublin. The concert will feature music by composers Vincent Kennedy and Michael Holohan. The compositions include Tommy Donnybrook,  s-Trumpet City and  Soliloquy to a City  by Vincent Kennedy. Dublin Street Cries,  All In , All In,  James Connolly and Jim Larkin rip by Michael Holohan. These will be complemented by readings from Yeats,Clarke, Kavanagh, Behan, Larkin and Connolly. Donal O’ Kelly, actor and playwright, will read September 1913 by W.B.Yeats, which has a resonant connection with the Lockout and the early turbulent history of The Hugh Lane Gallery. (With the support of  Dublin City Council, The Contemporary Music Centre, Sundays at Noon , Create Louth, ICTU Lockout Centenary 1913-2013 and SIPTU)
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Sunday, February 2nd:
11 am to 12 noon: Jim Larkin Commemoration, Oration by Jack O’Connor, General President of SIPTU, Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, plus ANU Productions with Jed Murray as Jim Larkin

Jed Murray as Jim Larkin in Dublin Fringe Festival

Jed Murray as Jim Larkin in Dublin Fringe Festival

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Tuesday, February 4th:
6.30 pm: The Dublin in War and Peace: The Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association Archive: Talk by Dr Mary Clark, Dublin City Archivist, Dublin City Library, Pearse Street, Dublin
Teachers Club Talks
Wednesday, February 5th to March 26th: Series of Talks on the Irish Revolution, 1913-1923 begins at the Teachers Club, Parnell Square, Dublin at 6.30 pm every Wednesday
Wednesday, February 5th:
6.30 pm: Patrick Pearse, From Home Rule to Insurrection, Brian Crowley
Thursday, February 6th:
8pm: The Lockout and its Heritage, Speaker Rayner O’Connor Lysaght. Teachers Club, Parnell Square, Dublin
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Friday, February 7th:
8.30 pm: F.I.B.I. Friends of the International Brigades in Ireland,  FUNDRAISER, MUSIC BY Pol MacAdaim & Guests, TEACHERS CLUB, PARNELL SQ. DUBLIN,
Teachers Club Talks

Teachers Club Talks

Friday, February 8th:
Wednesday, February 12th:
6. 30 pm: The Citizen Army, Cumann na mBan and the myth of gender equality in the Irish Revolution by Ann Matthews, Teachers Club, Parnell Square Dublin
Teachers Club Talks

Teachers Club Talks

King Killers
Saturday, February 15th: 4.30 pm: “Oliver Bond and the King-Killers of Pill Lane. The dissenters of Church Street – 1798” by Fergus Whelan author of ‘Dissent into Treason’, Cobblestone Pub, Smithfield, Dublin
Wednesday, February 19th:
6.30 pm: Revolution in Ireland 1918-1921 – the political and military ‘reconquest of Ireland’ and British response, by John Borgonovo
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Saturday, February 22nd:
12.30 pm: ‘The Inquiry’, a dramatisation of the Asklwith Inquiry into the 1913 Lockout that took place between September 29th and October 6th 1913 in Dublin Castle. 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 Heqaly. The Lighthouse, Smithfield, Dublin.
Teachers Club Talks

Teachers Club Talks

Wednesday, February 26th:
5.30 pm: Political Cartoons and the 1913 Dublin Lockout, Ernest Kavanagh: The man who made William Martin Murphy a cartoon villain, Public Lecture by James Curry, Chaired by Felix M. Larkin, Harry Clarke Theatre, NCAD, Thomas Street, Dublin
6.30 pm: ‘Labour Must Wait’ Workers Unions and the Irish Revolution by Emmet O’Connor, Teachers Club, Parnell Square
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Tuesday, March 4th:
7.30 pm:  “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
Teachers Club Talks
Wednesday, March 5th:
6.30 pm: Pogrom or Civil War? The North in the Irish Revolution, 1920-1922 by Kieran Glennon
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March 5th to 7th:
8 pm: The Plough and the Stars, by Sean O’Casey. Directed by Myra Maguire, Sean O’Casey Theatre, East Wall, Dublin
The Irrepressible Rosie Hackett
Rosie outside Liberty Hall with ITGWU veterans at her retirement

Rosie outside Liberty Hall with ITGWU veterans at her retirement

Saturday, March 8th: International Women’s Day
7 pm:  A Night of Music and Spoken Word to celebrate the naming of the Rosie Hackett Bridge: Mc Tara Flynn, Spoken Word with Journalists Kitty Holland and Kitty Holland. Writers Ann Cullen, Rachael Hegarty, Nessa O’Mahony, Mary Riussell and Enda Wyley: Music by Zrazy, Rita Fagan and Niamh Kelly.
Teachers Club Talks

Teachers Club Talks

Wednesday, March 12th:
6.30 pm: Truce and Treaty and the Parting of the Ways – War and Peace in Ireland July 1921 to June 1922, by Padraig O Ruairc

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Thursday, March 13th:

8 pm: Robert Tressell, Dubliner: author of ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’, a talk by Bryan MacMahon, author of this new biography of  the most widely read socialist propagandist of the Twentieth Century in the English language. It reveals new information about his early days in Dublin. Copies of the Book will be available for purchase at the launch in Glenalbyn, Kilmacud Crokes, GAA Club, opposite Stillorgan Chopping Centre, County Dublin.
Teachers Club Talks

Teachers Club Talks

Wednesday, March 19th:
6.30 pm: Brother Against Brother – Political Violence in the Civil War 1922-23, by John Dorney
Saturday, March 22nd: 
Plaque unveiling
1 pm: Unveiling of plaque in memory of 1913 Lockout victims, Liberty House, James Joyce Street, Dublin 1
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3 pm: Centenary Commemoration of the Irish Citizen Army to be celebrated with  ANU Productions Event, Readings by Sabina Higgins, Lecture by Ann Matthews and Music by Des Geraghty and Friends. Liberty Hall, Dublin. Admission Free
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March 24th and 25th:
8 pm Each Day: From Rose Tynan to Skid Row: A rare opportunity to hear Brush Shiels, one of the founding fathers of Irish Rock music tell the story of how it all came about ….. from the Go Go Club, the 5 Club, the Moulin Rouge and the Scene to Barry’s Hotel and the Crystal Ballroom from the CYMS in Fairview to the National Stadium, from Rose Tynan to Skid Row, from the Black Eagles to U2 from Skiffle to Rap and Reggae to Folk-Rock …… nobody can tell the story better than Brush Shiels.

 The Pearse Theatre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.  

Doors Open at 7.30pm. Admission €10. 

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Saturday, March 29th:  Family History Day Pearse Street Library, Dublin

9.30 am: Registration

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10.00 am: ‘Searching First World War Records’, Conor Dodd

10.45 am: Tea and Coffee

11.00 am: ‘Records of Lighthouse personnel in Ireland’, Liam Dodd

12.00: ‘A Fami;y Gathering of Dublin Tanners in Trim 2012’, Ricky Shannon

12.45 pm: Lunch Break

14.00 pm: ‘Using Maps for Family History’, Jacinta Prunty

14.45 pm: The Military Archives and online release of Military Service Pensions’, Commandant Padraic Kennedy

15.30 pm: ‘Rosie Hackett: the woman behind the bridge’ – James Curry

16.15 pm: Finish


Green Crow
Sunday, March 30th: 
7.30 pm: 

“A Song For The Green Crow”, at Liberty Hall Theatre, Eden Quay, Dublin 1 on the occasion of the birthday of Sean O’Casey marking the 50th anniversary of his death, a lively and dramatic tribute by his daughter Shivaun O’Casey. The programme combines a colourful selection of O’Casey’s songs, music and writings with characteristic ‘blasts and benedictions’. These illustrations of his life and times are seen through the loving eyes of his wife Eileen. With Peter Sheridan and Eimear Simms and music from Noel O’Grady, Liam O’Connor, Noel Pocock, Sally Corr, Jimmy Kelly and Pat Goode. The Production is arranged and directed by Des Geraghty on behalf of the Cle Club.  Tickets €15 from Liberty Hall Box Office, Tel 0818 205205 or online at  


Wednesday, April 2nd:  6.30 pm: Lectures on the history of the Dublin Council of Trade Unions by Shay Cody, General Secretary of IMPACT and Peter Rigney, Industrial Officer, ICTU, at People’s College,. Details also here: Friday and Saturday, April 4th and 5th: Women’s History Association of Ireland (WHAI) Annual Conference 2014 Cumann na mBan 100: 1914-2014, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin Friday, April 4th: poste-cnmp-email 11-12am. Registration 12-1.30pm – Parallel Sessions: Panel I: Chair:Dr Mary McAuliffe, Images of Cumann na mBan, Liz Gillis, Kilmainham Jail Museum ‘Love and Loss in the Irish Revolution’ , Kirste McCool, University of Brighton The images of de Markievicz’, Claire Gibbons, Trinity College Dublin, Women, National Identity and the paintings of Paul Henry, Panel 2: Chair: Dr Ida Milne : Women’s ‘work’ 1912-1920, Dr So Young Park, Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, USA, The Political and Humanitarian Work of Dora Shorter, 1915-1918, Gerri O’Neill, Mater Dei Institute of Education (DCU), “Stop the blasted forming fours, get out of Cumann na mBan and do some work” – (Michael Collins to Moira Kennedy O’Byrne, 1919.), Pamela McKane, York University, Toronto, Ontario, “No idle sightseers”: The Ulster Women’s Unionist Council and the Ulster Crisis (1912-1914) 1.30-2.00 Break – teas and coffees ~ 2.00-3.00 – Keynote speaker 1 Chair: Dr Mary McAuliffe: Dr Joost Augusteijn, ‘The role of women in shaping IRA tactics, 1913-1998. The case of the hunger strike’ 3.00-4.45 Parallel Sessions : Female activism – continuity and change Panel I: Chair Dr Sarahanne Buckley: Dieter Reinisch, University of Vienna, Austria, The Forgotten Cumann na mBan: Irish Republican Women during the Northern Irish Troubles, Siobhan Delaney, University College Cork, Cumann na mBan;1921-1932, Dr Gearóid Ó Faoleán, University of Limerick Cumann na mBan 100 Conference Organising Committee: Dr Mary McAuliffe, Dr Conor Reidy, Dr Leeann Lane, Gerri O’Neill, Unbroken continuity? Cumann na mBan and female IRA volunteers during the ‘Troubles’ , Eamonn T. Gardiner, NUI, Galway, The Other Auxiliaries: Lady Police Searchers and the Anglo-Irish War Panel 2: Chair Dr Sandra McAvoy: Femininity, activism and ‘speaking the truth’ – portrayals of activist women Holly Dunbar, University of Southampton, ‘The Irishwoman: Maid, Wife and Mother’: Constructions of Irish femininity in the mainstream nationalist press. Claire McGrath Guerin, UCC, “Speaking truths”? The role of women in publicity during the Irish Civil War. Dr Christi McCallum, University of Southern Indiana ‘The Daughters Who Served Her in Danger’: Women, Family, and Revolutionary Activism in Ireland, 1912-1923, Dr Clare Gorman. National University of Ireland, Maynooth. ‘You’d do far more work with a knife an’ fork than ever you’ll do with a shovel’: The Portrayal of Gender within Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock 4.45-5.00- Break – teas and coffees 5.00-6.00-Keynote speaker 2 Chair: Dr Conor Reidy: Dr Margaret Ward “Unmanageable Revolutionaries revisited: the early years of Cumann na mBan” 6-7.30 – Book launch and wine reception: Senia Paseta Irish Nationalist Women; 1900-1918 (Cambridge University Press) labour history invite 2-1-3 5.50 pm: 100 Years of Liberty Hall: Edited by D R Lysaght, Book Launch, Liberty Hall. Speakers Tommy Graham of History Ireland and Francis Devine, Historian Bookworms_Flyer   April 16th to 19th 8 pm: When Book Clubs Go Baaad, A Comedy by Dara Carolan, Sean O’Casey Theatre, East Wall. Admission 10. Bookings Tel: 01 850 9000 and 087 635 0056 hugh geraghty 2014 event Saturday, April 26th: 10.30 am to 1.45 pm:  Hugh Geraghty Memorial Event, 40 Years in Search of a Role: The Irish Labour History Society, its History, Achievements and Problems by Dr Emmet O’Connor and ILHS Activities Outside by Dr John O’Connor, Followed by Tour of the ILHS Museum and Archives by ed Penrose, Beggars’ Bush, Dublin 4

11.30 am to 5.00 pm: Details to follow
Sunday, April 27th:
12 noon: Battle of Annesley Bridge Walking Tour in Fairview by Hugo McGuinness Meet Foot bridge, Fairview, Dublin
Sunday, May 18th:
3 pm: The Obstreperous Lassies walking tour: the rebellious women of 1913-1916 – Ingenious Ireland in association with the NUJ. Starts from DIT, Aungier Street, Dublin  7. As someone who participated in inaugural tour I can recommend it – Padraig Yeates. Cost €5. To book ticket go to
Monday, May 19th
8 pm: The Story of Rosie Hackett lecture by James Curry in Liberty Hall, Cois Life
Tuesday, May 20th:
12.30 pm:  The Obstreperous Lassies walking tour: the rebellious women of 1913-1916 – Ingenious Ireland in association with the NUJ. Starts from DIT, Aungier Street, Dublin  7. As someone who participated in inaugural tour I can recommend it – Padraig Yeates. Cost €5. To book ticket go to
Tuesday, May 27th: 
7.30 pm: Was the Great War a Good War? Padraig Yeates, Fingal Local Studies and Archives Library, Clonmel House, Foster Way, Swords, County Dublin
Kathleen McKenna, centre, at work in Cadogan Gardens, London during the 1921 Treaty negotiations
Kathleen McKenna, centre, at work in Cadogan Gardens, London during the 1921 Treaty negotiations
Saturday, May 31st,
2 pm to 5.30 pm: Meath and the Decade of Commemoration 1913-1923: MEATH HISTORY WORKSHOP presents A PUBLIC SEMINAR, at Kells Peoples Resource Centre, Corner of Carrick Street and Moynalty Road, Kells (bus stop directly opposite, limited parking in grounds)
SpeakersPeter Connell: Terrible Beauties?: an Overview of a Turbulent Decade Pádraig Yeates (keynote speaker): The Sympathetic Strike in 1913 – Myth or Reality?: the lockout and after. Geraldine English: Strangers in their own land: the RIC in south Meath 1910-20 Danny Cusack: Doing your own research: Class, labour and the case of Thomas Harten Tracey Holsgrove: More than Just Bandage Rollers?: Women in Meath in the Decade of Centenaries
Plus: Panel discussion chaired by Myles Dungan Admission: €5 waged, €3 unwaged (no booking required)All WelcomeRecommended Reading: Oliver Coogan, Politics and War in Meath 1913-23 (Second edition, 2014). Available for €15 from all Meath branch librariesFurther information: Danny Cusack (085-7396938)
1916 Fight for the Docklands
Sunday June 1st:
2 pm: 1916 Rising : The fight for the Docklands: It’s the bank holiday weekend , and the Dublin Port River festival is taking place, so East Wall for All is taking the opportunity to tell the story of what happened locally in 1916. Snipers , street-fighting , gunboats, looting and a ‘submarines in the Liffey’ panic … find out all about it , including rarely mentioned details. There will also be a small photo display. (This talk is part of a major ongoing project by the East Wall History Group which will result in a publication next year. If you have any material or family/community stories of interest please get in touch).See facebook event page – June 8th:
2 pm: Songs from the Dockside, with Paul O’Brien songwriter/musician born and bred in the Dublin Docks . He has written a large number of songs based on the working and community life of the area – recalling the docks as a thriving work place and it’s later decline , the community as a place of friends and neighbours and also humorously telling the tales of the many characters that populated the area . He has travelled extensively to other Port areas , from Belfast, to Glasgow and across Europe , collecting their stories , discovering their characters and presenting these in song. A great opportunity to hear the work of our own ‘troubadour of the dockside’, a history through song.See link to a performance from the Sean O’Casey Community Centre , recorded last year. events are free , and we hope to see you there , please spread the details .Dockers Preservation Soc ExhibFriday 20th June and Saturday June 21st:See poster above – Dockworkers 2014 Photographic Exhibition
Friday, June 27th to Sunday, June 29th: Twentieth Annual Perry Byrne School Gorey Public Library 


Theme: “The Great War”

June 27th – June 29th, 2014

In association with


By any standard, The Great War was a cataclysmic event with profound long term outcomes for individuals, families, communities, nations, politics, social theory and international relations. It was truly world changing. The loss of life, injuries, destruction and social disruption were massiv and devastating.

In Ireland it had a very dramatic impact. Home Rule was sidelined and radical separatism took centre stage. County Wexford, the native country of Parliamentary Party Leader John Redmond, lost over 800 men in the war and we have a special Wexford focus in this year’s programme.

All of us associated with the Summer School look forward to welcoming you to the 20th Summer School.

Fr. Walter Forde



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2014 Theme: Theme:  “The Great War”

Venue: Gorey Library & Adult Learning Centre at the Civic Square,The Avenue, Gorey

Friday 27th June 7.00 p.m. Registration and Reception
8.00 p.m.

Opening address:

Professor Daire Keogh, President, St, Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.

8.30 p.m.

Gordon Wilson Memorial Lecture: “John Redmond and The Great War”

Speaker: Dermot Meleady, Historian

Chair: David O’Morchoe, Librarian (The O’Morchoe),

Saturday 28th June

9.30 a.m.

“The Irish at War: On foreign Fields ” Speakers: Meredith Meagher (Notre Dame), Philip Orr (Author), Ida Milne (Trinity College Dublin), Conor McNamara (Summer School Director)

11.30 a.m.

Coffee break

12:00 a.m.

“Ireland and The Great War: The Home Front ”                   

Speakers: Padraig Yeates (SIPTU Revd. Brian Kenneway (Irish Association for Culture, Economic and Social Relations), John Cunningham (NUIG)

1.30 p.m. Lunchtime snack at Summer School venue

2.30 p.m.

Fieldtrip led by MONICA CROFTON:“Wexford Town Sites associated with John redmond and The Great War”

7.00 p.m. Summer School dinner at Forde’s Restaurant, Castlebridge

Sunday 29th June11.00 a.m.

History Ireland Hedge School – “Ireland and the Legacy of The Great War”                                 Speaker: edward Madigan (Royle Holloway University of London

Chair:      John Gibney, History Ireland. Rhythms of a Port-invite RHYTHMS OF A PORT A Film Installation PhotoIreland Festival 2014

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Friday, July 18th
Walking the Dead, A Play by Dermot Bolger to mark beginning of Great War at the Sean O’Casey Theatre, East Wall. Tickets €6 Tel 01 850 9000
Mother Jones is Back!

Mother Jones is Back!

The 2014 Spirit of Mother Jones festival/ summer school will be held in Cork city from Tuesday 29th July until Friday 1st August 2014

Spirit of Mother Jones Festival 2014

 Events at the Firkin Crane Centre, Shandon, unless Maldron Hotel, Shandon is indicated.
Tuesday 29th July.  
5.00 pm:     Official Festival opening:  (Maldron Hotel)               (Mother Jones Exhibition all week)   
6.00 pm:     “Mother Jones, America’s Most Dangerous Woman” a film by Rosemary  Feurer.             
7.30 pm:     The Mother Jones 2014 Lecture at the Firkin Crane with Prof Jim Green of the   University of Massachusetts, Boston and author of Death in the Haymarket and the West Virginia Mine Wars. (  (Firkin Crane downstairs)
10 pm:   Cork Singers Club at the Maldron Hotel.
Wednesday: 30th July.  
11a m:        The Cork Harbour Soviet with Luke Dineen.     
12.00 noon:     Qatar…the World Cup graveyard? With David Joyce, ICTU   
1.00 :    Lunchtime music at the Maldron Hotel with James P McCarthy.            
3.00 pm:    The story of the Magdalenes with Claire McGettrick  
7.15 pm:    Defending the underdog with Gareth Peirce, Solicitor    
9.00 pm:   The 2014 Mother Jones Gala Concert with Richard T Cooke and friends.          
10.30 pm:  The Mother Jones Ceili Band. (Maldron Hotel).  
Thursday: 31st July: 
11.00 am:  The Battle for Orgreave   (A film by Yvette Vanson, Producer/Director. www.yvettevanson).  
12 noon:  Still waiting for Justice. Orgreave 30 years on!”  Paul Winter, Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign. (  
1.00 pm:   Music at the Maldron Hotel with Muddy Lee and friends.  
2.15 pm:    The British Miners’ strike and its aftermath! Betty Cook and Anne Scargill, Woman against Pit Closures.  
3.15 pm:   Mining Communities todayDurham Miners Gala…. A celebration of solidarity with Dave Hopper.  (General Secretary, Durham Miners Association)  
4.15 pm: From Allihies to Butte Montana, Tadhg O’Sullivan, Allihies Copper  Mine Museum.  
5.30 pm:  “Louis Tikas and the Ludlow Massacre” a film from Greece by Lamprini  Thoma and Nickos Ventouras.  
7.15 pm:    “Then came Ludlow and the Nation heard: One Hundred Years On by  Jim Green and Rosemary Feurer.      
8.30 pm:    Grand Concert: Si Kahn and Anne Feeney. (Tickets €15 from          (Also from 086 1651356 and the Maldron hotel)  
10.00 pm: Two Time Polka at the Maldron Hotel.
Friday 1st August. Mother Jones Day.  
11.00am:   The extraordinary life and death of Tadhg Barry from Blarney St. (Frameworks Films) with Trevor Quinn SIPTU, Jack O’Sullivan CCTU.  
1.00 pm:    A Life of Activism with Si Kahn.  
3.00 pm:   “Get off your Knees” James Connolly, Jim Larkin and Mother Jones in the fight for a Global Labour Movement” by Rosemary Feurer. Lecture co-sponsored by the School of History, University College Cork.  
4.45 pm:    The Lions Youth Brass Band from Cheshire play at the Mother Jones  Garden Party at the Butter Market.  
7.00 pm:   Plaque event on John Redmond St. The Butter Exchange Band. .  
8.00 pm:       “Mother Jones and her Children”. Documentary Premiere by Frameworks Films.  
9.30pm:       Bluegrass music at Maldron with Wildwood Flower Bluegrass band.      
Parell SS 2014 001
           Parnell Summer School 2014 Parell SS 2014 001   PARNELL SUMMER SCHOOL AUGUST 10th to 14th INTRODUCTION The theme of the 2014 Parnell Summer School is ‘War & Peace’, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The programme, however, will not be narrowly confined to consideration of that war. It will not be just another ‘Decade of Commemorations’ event, but will take a broader look at issues of war and peace generally. It provides an excellent opportunity for us to ‘glance over our shoulders’ and learn a few lessons for the future. The 2014 Parnell Summer School will held, as usual, in the beautiful setting of the Avondale demesne, Parnell’s ancestral home, and the speakers include leading authorities from Ireland and America. All are welcome to attend, and there is a limited number of scholarships available for students who wish to attend.


15:00-16:00: Registration

16:30: Official opening

Keynote Address Brendan Simms, Professor of the History of International Relations, University of Cambridge – The German question and European problem

20:30: Informal social evening at the Woodenbridge Hotel


10:00: Lecture Heather Jones, Associate Professor in International History, London School of Economics – Violent transgression and the First World War, 1914–1918

11:00: Coffee

11:30: Lecture Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel, Department of History, University College Cork – ‘The peace before the war’: a lecture to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf

12:30: Lunch

14:30: Panel Discussion: ‘Your country needs you’ – patriotism in the twenty-first century – Cllr Kate Feeney, Dun Laoghaire County Council and president of Ógra Fianna Fáil – John Larkin QC, Attorney-General of Northern Ireland – Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister of State for European Affairs

19:30: Brian Cregan (judge of the High Court) will read from his novel, Parnell (2013), Woodenbridge Hotel


10:00: Parnell Lecture – Conor Mulvagh, Lecturer in Irish History (Decade of Commemorations, 2013–1923), University College Dublin – The chief and the chairman: Parnell and Redmond compared

11:00: Coffee


• The Hon. Hugh O’Flaherty, former judge of the Supreme Court – Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty • Christopher Power, independent scholar – Percival Lea-Wilson

12:30: Lunch

14:30: Guided Bus Tour, featuring a re-enactment of Redmond’s Woodenbridge speech in 1914 and a visit to the Kynoch munitions factory in Arklow.

20:30: Musical Entertainment, Woodenbridge Hotel


10:00: Lecture Tom Bartlett, Professor of Irish History, University of Aberdeen – The Irish at war, from earliest times to the twentieth century

11:00: Coffee

11:30: Lecture Ian d’Alton, Visiting Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge (2014) – Sentiment, duty, money, identity? Motivations for the southern Irish Protestant involvement in two world wars

12:30: Lunch

14:30: Lecture John Horne, Professor of Modern European History, Trinity College Dublin – Ireland and the Great War, 1914–1918

20:00: Gala dinner, Woodenbridge Hotel


10:00: COMMEMORATION • Angela Griffith, Lecturer in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin – Harry Clarke and the First World War memorial books • Jeff Kildea, University of New South Wales & 2014 Keith Cameron Professor of Australian History, University College Dublin – Commemoration of the First World War in Australia

11:00: Coffee

11:30: Lecture L. Perry Curtis Jr, Emeritus Professor of British and Irish History, Brown University, Rhode Island – Rethinking the origins of the Land War in Ireland

12:30: Lunch

14.30: Lecture Peter Murtagh, Reporter, The Irish Times – William Howard Russell, war correspondent

16:00: Close of Summer School 2014

Dun Laoghaire: THE WAR TO END ALL WARS 1914-1918 –  Martime Institute of Ireland – NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK – Venue Dun Laoghaire Club, Eblana Avenue

Sunday, August 31st:

11.30 am: Registration commences

12 noon: “BUILD UP TO WAR AND THOSE OPPOSED” by Roger Cole of the Peace and Neutrality Alliance.

12.45 pm: “WAS WAR A GOOD THING FOR DUBLINERS ?” by Padraig Yeates, Author of A City in Wartime: Dublin 1914-1918 

1.30 pm: “THE SINKING OF THE RMS LEINSTER” by Roy Stokes, who will provide new material on the sinking of the mail-boat, including interview with Jim Sweeney, the Second Purser on the ship


3 pm: “UNCLE SAM’S NAVY” by Pat Sweeney  Author of Liffey Ships and Shipbuilding


4.30 pm: “SS KELP-4 FLAGS IN WAR”, John Treacy, Department of History, University of Limerick looks at German ship captured and used by allied forces before being wrecked off Spanish Point in County Clare

5.15 pm: “WINSTON CHURCHILL – WORST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY?” – speaker to be announced

6 pm: “LEST WE FORGET OR BEST WE FORGET ?” by Tim Pat Coogan

When formal discussions conclude it will be time for music and song of the WWI period when professional musician William Byrne and guests perform. All in all a great day of lectures, debates and discussion on the dreadful War to end all war. Voluntary donations at door to help cover costs

Greaves School Friday, September 12th to Sunday, 14th 

Friday, 7:30: The Ideology of Remembrance – Ireland and the First World War, Brian Hanley, historian, author of A Documentary History of the IRA, 1916-2005 and The Lost Revolution: the story of the Official IRA and the Workers Party (With Scott Millar) and Michael Quinn, historian, has recently completed a doctorate on Irish Soviet relations and is currently specialising in Ireland and First World War. Chair: Tommy Graham, historian, is Editor and founder of History Ireland magazine.

Venue: The Ireland Institute, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, Ireland