As the country marks the centenary of the 1913 Lockout, our upcoming October lecture will feature two eminent historians who will delve into the history of the Lockout, its causes and how its aftermath impacted on the Irish politics and society.
Francis Devine was born in London and educated in Leeds, Hull and Dublin. He is Honorary President, Irish Labour History Society and a former editor of Saothar: Journal of the Irish Labour History Society. He is also a member of the Government Advisory Group on Centenary Commemorations. His publications include Acting for the Actors: Dermot Doolan and the Organisation of Irish Actors; James Connolly Labour College, 1919-1921; and Organising History, A Centenary of SIPTU.
Francis’ lecture - Who Feared to Wear the Red Hand Badge? The Dublin Lockout 1913 - will focus on the causes and impact of the momentous events of 1913 and the key players who shaped the events.
Dr. John Cunningham has been a lecturer in History at NUI Galway since 2004. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on labour history, local history and modern Ireland. He has authored numerous articles and books including: Unlikely radicals: Irish post-primary teachers and the ASTI, 1909-2009; A town tormented by the sea: Galway, 1790-1914; and St Jarlath's College, Tuam: 1800-2000. He is currently joint editor of Saothar: Journal of the Irish Labour History Society.
John’s lecture entitled 'Locked out: The Labour Cause in the West, c.1913'. will address the strikes and lockouts that occurred in the West of Ireland around the time of the Dublin lockout, discuss the working conditions and social relations that prompted these disputes, and consider the impact of the upheaval in places like Tuam.
Venue: Tuam Library, High St.
Date: Thursday, 24th of October, 2013
Time: 8 pm