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.

Conference 2015

Labour in 1915
on the cusp of the Revolutionary Year
Liberty Hall 1915

The ILHS annual conference for 2015 took place on October 9th-11th at Liberty Hall Theatre in Dublin

Below is a link to the video of the opening speech by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins as well as audio links to some of the presentations made during the conference.

Opening Address by President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins.

After the Lockout: The Options for the Poor.

Recordings of presentations and Q&A sessions on Saturday 10th October.

Opening presentation

Chaired by Francis Devine

Chris McGimpsey on 1915: The View from Northern Ireland - 0:00:30
Brian Hughes on Michael Mallin - 0:21:54
Q & A Session - 0:42:41

The Women of 1916

Sponsored by SIPTU Equality/Womens History Association of Ireland, Chaired by Fionnula Richardson

Nell Regan on Helena Molony - 0:00:20
Mary McAuliffe on The Women and ICA - 0:12:30
Francis Devine on Winifred Carney - 0:33:08
Fionnuala Walsh Women and Work -Women’s Employment in 1915 - 0:56:32
Q & A Session - 1:11:43

James Connolly: Socialist and Soldier

Chaired by Rodney Rice

Emmet O‘Connor - 0:04:00
Brian Hanley - 0:24:53
Padraig Yeates - 0:45:39
Q & A Session - 1:05:44

Hedge School on 1915 and the events leading up to 1916

Sponsored by History Ireland, Chaired by Seamus Dooley, NUJ

Manus O'Riordan
Mary McConnell

Saothar 45

Saothar No.45 is now available to order.

Access to library and archives by appointment only:
Tel: 01 668 1071
Email: info@irishlabourhistorysociety.com
Appointment Times:
10 am - 4 pm (Mon-Thu) 10 am - 1 pm (Fri)

Larkin Statue

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.

The Working Class Movement Library (UK) is being featured as a website of interest with a comprehensive links section. Check it out here

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