Archive for the Memory Lane Category

Rediscovering the Lost Generation

Rediscovering the Lost Generation

Paris, 1925. Truly the centre of the art world. The Art Deco period had just begun and everybody who was anybody in the arts lived there, including Ireland’s three greatest writers – Wilde, Joyce and Beckett. As Oscar Wilde lay […]

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Gathering from the Tides

Gathering from the Tides

A sense of nostalgic pride surrounded the opening of the Ringsend Gathering Festival. The Ringsend and Irishtown Community Centre played host to the launch of The Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society’s photographic exhibition. A lively mixture of youth and experience […]

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1913 Lockout – The Shape of Things to Come: The Irish Citizen Army

1913 Lockout - The Shape of Things to Come: The Irish Citizen Army

Nearly three months into the Lock-Out, on November 19th, James Larkin and James Connolly founded the Irish Citizen Army. The militia was established as a response to the harsh physical force employed by the Dublin Metropolitan Police and the Royal […]

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1913 Lockout – Strumpet City

1913 Lockout - Strumpet City

The choice of James Plunkett’s Strumpet City as this year’s One City, One Book has been given the thumbs-up by many of the capital’s literary groups. Although written in 1969, the story still retains the feelings of destitution, anger and […]

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1913 Lockout – Big Jim in Living Colour

1913 Lockout - Big Jim in Living Colour

Information on the events of the Lock-Out will not be hard to come by as August 26th draws closer. But in trying to understand watershed events of the past sometimes the human dimension is lost in the politics. Dublin-based publishers […]

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1913 Lockout – Ladies of the Lock-Out

1913 Lockout - Ladies of the Lock-Out

The early 20th century was a time of social change across Europe, particularly for women. In the U.K, Emmeline Pankhurst’s Women’s Social and Political Union, more commonly known as the ‘Suffragettes’, were making giant strides in the struggle for sexual […]

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1913 Lockout – Other Players in the 1913 Lock-Out

William Martin Murphy (1844 – 1919) Newspaper baron, MP, builder and owner of the Dublin Tramway Company, William Martin Murphy led Dublin employers against Jim Larkin’s trade union movement. In August 1913, he sacked hundreds of workers whom he suspected […]

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1913 Lockout – Jim Larkin/James Connolly

1913 Lockout - Jim Larkin/James Connolly

Jim Larkin ‘And Tyranny trampled them in Dublin’s gutter until Jim Larkin came along and cried the call of Freedom and the call of Pride.’ (Sign at the foot of the Larkin statue on O’Connell Street). Ironically enough, given the […]

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1913 Lockout – The Schoolboy Strike of 1911

1913 Lockout - The Schoolboy Strike of 1911

On September 13th 1911, staff of the East Wall Wharf National School arrived to work to be confronted with a sign that read ‘Any boy cot going into school and not following other schoolboys examples will be killed by order […]

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1913 Lock-Out

1913 Lock-Out

Striking Times By Eric Hillis By the time the Dublin Lock-Out took place in 1913, workers downing tools in protest had become a growing global phenomenon. With the United States experiencing industrial growth on an unprecedented scale, it became the […]

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