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The Cause of Labour: 1913 and Beyond

The Cause of Labour: 1913 and Beyond

University College Cork, 1-2 March 2013

The Cause of Labour Conference Poster


Friday, 1 March  

Opening Remarks 

Gabriel Doherty, School of History, UCC


Session 1: Irish Labour: The External Response

Aras na Laoi G 18 


From shamrock to pit prop: industrial unrest, independence and the Irish embrace of the labour movement in South Wales, 1913-1922

Daryl Leeworthy, Oriel College, Oxford University 


Scottish responses to the 1913 Lock-out and the 1916 Easter Rising

Chloe Ross, Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen


'The greatest campaign?' The British Labour party and ireland in 1921

Ben Bray, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University 

10.15am Coffee Break

'Real Irish patriots would scorn the likes of you.' Larkin and irish-America

Alan Noonan, School of History, University College Cork 


Irish American nationalists and the 1913 Dublin Lockout: the diasporic response 

David Brundage, University of California 

11.30am Break

Session 2A: Labour annd Women

Aras na Laoi G 18 


Revolutions in the everyday: Irish feminism and the reinvention of revolutionary socialism in Ireland, 1912-23

Liz Kyte, Women's Studies, University College Cork 


Women workers: from Lockout to Civil War 

Teresa Moriarty, irish Labour History Society

12.30am 'Growing up poor': Working-class women and family life during the revolution, 1912-23

Session 2B: Labour and the land

O'Rahilly Building G 38 


Fighting over the Kingdom's sod: the persistence of land agitation in Kerry

Richard McElligott, School of History and Archives, Universiy College Dublin


Practical socialism implemeted by non-Socialists? Soviets and land seizures in revolutionary Ireland, 1918-23

Oliver Coquelin, Centre for Breton and Celtic Studies, University of Rennes 2


Lunch Break


Section 3A: Labour and the regions

Aras na Laoi G 18


Seeing Red: The provincial press reading of the 1913 strike and lockout

Peter Hession, Peterhouse College, Cambridge University


Labour and Clonmel

Sean O'Donnell, retired Deputy Principal, Rockwell College


The regional food committees

John Borgonovo, School of History, University College Cork


Section 3B: Labour and Dublin

O'Rahilly Building G 38


Socialism from God, in Ireland, and for the Irish: the 'Irish Worker' and  Dublin working class culture

Leah Hunnewell, School of History, Trinity College Dublin


The legacy of the Lockout: lessons from oral history

Mary Muldowney and Ida Milne, Directors of the Oral History Network of Ireland 


The 'Irish Worker'  and sport in Dublin

David Toms, School of History, University College Cork 

 3.15pm  Coffee Break

Session 4A: The Lockout: before and after

Aras na Laoi G 18


 Labour before the Lockout: Larkinism and progressive trade unionism in ITUC

Aidrian Grant, Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway


Prelude to 1913: the 1909 Cork lockout

Luke Dineen, School of History, University College Cork 


 Irish railwaymen in peace and war - the changing face of railway industrial relations 1911-1916

Peter Rigney, Industrial Officer, ICTU


 From the Lock-out ot World War Two: British socialists and communistts facing the revolutionary decade

Adria Llacuna, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona 


 Session 4B: Must Labour wait? 

O'Rahilly Building G 38


 Labour and the 1918 conscription crisis

Fiona Devoy-McAuliffe, School of History, University College Cork


The Labour Party in the Irish Civil War

Georgine Althouse, School of History, Trinity College Dublin


How the Dublin Lockout helped teach Irish labour to wait

D.R. O'Connor-Lysaght, Irish Labour History Society 




Official Conference Opening  and Launch of University College Cork Multitext Project on the Lockout

Boole IV Lecture Theatre 


The cause of Labour: 1913 and beyond

Padraig Yeates, 1913 Committee


Conference Schedule Saturday

Saturday, 2 March   

The Lord and Labour: clerical responses to the workers question

Paul Maguire, School of Hisotry, Dublin City University


Archbishop Walsh, the Dublin diocese and the 1913 Lockout

Fr Thomas J. Morrissey, SJ

10.30am Coffee Break
10.45am The labour plays of Andrew Patrick Wilson, 1912-14

Labour in Irish literature 

Michael Pierse, Reasearh Fellow, Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, Queen's University Belfast

12pm Break

The 'Decade of Centenaries' - a a catastrophe for northern labour

John Gray, Independent social historian 

1pm Lunch 

James Connolly and the cause of labour

Kieran Allen, School of Sociology, University College Dublin


Labour in irish history: James Connolly and Irish historiography 

Fintan Lane, Independant scholar

3.50pm Coffee Break

The Soviets in Ireland 

Conor Kostick, School of Hisotry and Humaninities, Trinity College Dubin

4.55pm Break

Larkin and Larkinism

Emmet O'Connor, School of English and History, University of Ulster


Closing Remarks 

Donal O Disceoil, School of History, University College Cork


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Contact Details


Conference organised by the School of History University College Cork, with assistance from the Research Fund, School of History, University College Cork.

For further information please telephone 021-4902783, email, or 021 4903048,

Please address any correspondence to: ā€˜1913/Labour conferenceā€™, School of History, University College Cork.

Conference web site

Organisers: Gabriel Doherty, Donal Ɠ Drisceoil, School of History, University College Cork.


The conference is dedicated to the memory of the prominent trade union activist and pioneer of labour history in Ireland, Donal Nevin.

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