100 years since the Dublin Lockout – 26th August 1913


One-hundred years ago today began the Dublin Lockout, perhaps once of the most significant moments in international labour movement history.

The lockout, a mass general strike which directly involved over 20,000 workers in (as well as those sympathetic to) James Larkin’s Irish Transport and General Works Union, was an act of astonishing solidarity and courage, which wove its way through the fabric of Dublin life for almost five months; its undoing, a slow but terminal affair, was the intense hunger and elemental misery that gripped the Irish capital’s slum tenements for the duration of a cruel and bitter winter.

For anyone interested in learning more about the 1913 Dublin Lockout, James Plunkett’s masterpiece, Strumpet City has been recently re-issued in paperback – sadly it’s not one of ours – by Gill & Macmillan Ltd. Plunkett’s epic evokes the Dublin of 1913, seen through the eyes of the gentry, clergy and workers, as well as those living on the very edge of the abyss, with the Lockout as it’s backdrop.

Check it out here and learn yourself some of the history they don’t teach in schools.

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