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.


On Tuesday, 26th of June, 1990 the museum was formally opened. After a difficult period of 5 years, the original government grant was finally expended and the assembled guests were welcomed by the splendid 'In union is strength' exhibition of facsimile or reproduction documents. Francis Devine, President of the ILHS opened proceedings. 'Mr. President comrades and friends, in welcoming you, Mr. President, and inviting you to formally declare the Irish Labour History Museum and Archives open, I feel it apposite to recall the words of the Irish Labours History Society's late, and today sorely missed, Founding President, John Swift, on the occasion of the launch of the society in 1973. He said: 'History is not just the dead past awaiting research. It is happening now at this meeting and in all places where men and women are living. The history we are making here today may become important or significant if the persons here assembled and their organisations ponder enough on the truth that we as workers are always creating history and that the economic relations in our society are in large measure determining the moral value in our operative society and the kind of history we are passing on to those coming after.'

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)

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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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