Special Announcement



We are presently working on updating our website.
While this work is taking place we will be adding items of Labour interest under this panel. These will be in a PDF format.



Women and Work in Derry City: A Survey by Eithne McLaughlin, taken from Saothar 14.

A philosopher with a slow smile: Peadar Macken 1878-1916 by Charles Callan, taken from Labour History News.

Treasures Open to the Wise: A Survey of Early Mechanics' Institutes and Similar Organisations by Seamus S. Duffy, taken from Saothar 15.

The Northern Ireland Trade Union Movement by D W Bleakley.

Who Dares to Wear the Red Hand Badge? by Francis Devine, taken from Liberty 75, June 1984.

William Partridge by Liam O'Mara.


Membership Renewal for 2021

ILHS Membership Subscription for 2021 is now due (and also open to new members). If you've previously paid by cash, cheque or postal order, you can now pay online via PayPal here. Membership for 2021 includes Saothar 46, the latest edition of the society's journal.

Saothar 46 ad


Membership Renewal for 2021

ILHS Membership Subscription for 2021 is now due (and also open to new members). If you've previously paid by cash, cheque or postal order, you can now pay online via PayPal here. Membership for 2021 includes Saothar 46, the latest edition of the society's journal.

Keir Hardie

'Standing in the gap of danger by our sides' Keir Hardie's commitments to Ireland


In this talk on Saturday 13 March at 4pm, Dr Mike Mecham will explore Keir Hardie’s sometimes fractious relationship with Irish communities in Britain, alongside his commitment to the labour movement in Ireland as he stood alongside the Dublin strikers of 1913. Members of the Society have already received the Zoom details for this free talk. Email secretary@irishlabourhistorysociety.com for further info. All welcome.

Details Here

Keir Hardie
Spring Lecture Series 2021

Spring 2021 Lecture Series

The Irish Labour History Society are organising a number of free lectures by historians taking place over consecutive Saturdays, starting from 13th February through to the 13th March. All talks are starting for 4PM, with 35-40 minutes talk followed by some time for Q&A. The full line-up is listed below.
The Zoom Code for each talk has been emailed to members of the Society. Please send an email to secretary@irishlabourhistorysociety.com for further information. All welcome.

Details here


The Annual General Meeting took place on the 5th September 2020

Here are the main items from it:-



Members can request hard copies of the above items or the Treasurers reports at president@irishlabourhistorysociety.com and we will post them.

BrendanCorish

“A Noble Adventure” The New Republic Speech in Retrospect

Here is the speech by Brendan Halligan presented at the history seminar in Wexford to mark the centenary of the birth of Brendan Corish.

Full speech here

1913 Lockout

A series of articles relating to the Lockout of 1913 in Dublin


The 26th of August 2013 marked the anniversary of the start of the 1913 Lockout and Strike. A chronology of events from this date in 1913 to December 1913 & January 1914 when the striking workers gradually began to return to work. The Lockout ended by degrees.

1913 Lockout

1913 Lockout

Saothar 45

Saothar No.45 is now available to order.



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Email: info@irishlabourhistorysociety.com
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Welcome to the Irish Labour History Society. The Society aims to preserve the records and reminiscences, written and oral, of the Irish working class and its organisations. Society membership is composed of individuals, labour-related organisations, academic institutions, libraries and archival bodies. The Society frequently organizes conferences and events and also issues publications on Irish labour, including its annual journal Saothar.






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