The 1913 Lockout was the spark that lit the Irish revolutionary movement, that culminated in the 1916 Rising, War of Independence and eventual freedom for Ireland. James Connolly led a movement which rejected the terrible conditions of employment that workers were subjected to: a strike was followed by an employer-led lockout, which grabbed the headlines worldwide.
Expore the subject through graphic novels, children's historical fiction and Gary Granville's history of the time and events.
Dublin 1913 – Lockout
Low-paid workers – under the leadership of Big Jim Larkin – organised themselves into Unions to insist on better conditions. The business world retaliated by locking them out of their jobs without pay … how long could they hold out?
On August 26th 1913, the trams of Dublin stopped. Over the next four months, James Larkin would lead the workers of Dublin against William Martin Murphy and the Employers Federation in a conflict that would change the face of Irish society.