Past News & Events
Anti-Conscription Centenary Events
There are two more events to choose from, marking the Anti-Conscription Centenary, both on 23rd April. The Wicklow Constituency Council of the Labour Party, are sponsoring a public lecture to mark the Centenary. It will be delivered by Labour Historian and ILHS member Charlie Callan. The event will be chaired by Jack O Connor, Chairperson of the Labour Party. It's at 8pm in The Grand Hotel, Wicklow Town on Monday 23rd April. All IHLS members are welcome.
Also on Monday 23 April 2018 a History Ireland ‘Hedge School’ debate will take place in Liberty Hall, Dublin 1, on the subject of ‘The cause of Labour? The 1918 general strike against conscription. The Hedge School will take place at 7pm. Admission free, all welcome.
Anti-Conscription Campaign - 100 years on
Exactly 100 years after the Mansion House Conference against Conscription was convened by Lord Mayor Laurence O'Neill, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha will host a range of speakers on various topics from the historical roles of those involved on that day in 1918 to the impact on modern day life.
Admission is free but advance registration is required to firstname.lastname@example.org
in the Round Room at the Mansion House, Dublin on Wednesday, 18th April 2018 from 10.30am to 3pm.
The launch of “Stephen McGonagle Ombudsman, Trade Unionist, Senator” by Owen McGonagle will take place on Wednesday 11th April, at 7.30pm in the City Hotel, Derry, and on Thursday 19th April at 6pm at Connolly Room, Cois Life Bar, Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin 1
ILHS AGM 2018
3:40pm: Launch of Saothar 43 (co-edited by Sarah-Anne Buckley & Martin Maguire) Available for members to collect on the day.
3:50pm: The 2016 Lord Mayor’s Award to Dublin Workers will be donated to the ILHS Collections
4pm: Talk: William Walker Revisited: A Tribute to John W. Boyle By Dr Michael Mecham
on Saturday 24th March 2018, at 2pm, in ILHS Premises, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin
The Irish Working Class: History, Politics, Literature
3.00-4.15pm: Perspectives On Irish Working-class Life
4.15-5pm: Poet Paula Meehan, Former Ireland Professor of Poetry – Readings and Conversation
5pm: Dr Michael Pierse, Queen’s University Belfast – Launch of A History of Irish Working-Class Writing
15 March: Falls Road Library, Falls Road, Belfast
Join us for a talk by Nell Regan, music from Eric Fleming, history and the presentation of the Alicia Brady Award for Workers' Rights Activism.
11:15 am on Monday 18th of December
Wreath Laying at St. Mark's Church, Pearse Street, Dublin. Followed by Event in the Pearse Centre on Pearse Street.
The Irish Association for Industrial Relations presents the 41st Countess Markievicz Memorial Lecture: 'Strategic Transition for Youth Labour in Europe: Flexibility, Families and Flights' by Professor Jacqueline O'Reilly on
Friday, December 1, 2017, 13:30 – 14:30pm in Room 5050, Dublin Institute of Technology, Aungier Street, Dublin
The Dublin City Library & Archive’s Annual Local History Day showcases
some of the excellent work being done by historians on the civic, social, and
political history of Dublin.
Sat 25 November, 9.15 am to 2.15 pm in the Conference Room, Dublin City Library & Archive,
138 - 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Bray and District Council of Trade Unions in conjunction with Irish Labour History Society mark the Anniversary with a Seminar
'By Common Council and Common Action' A Celebration of Local Trade Union Figures, at
11am, Saturday, 4th November 2017 in the Town Hall, Bray
All are welcome
Sat, October 21st,
Beggars Bush, Dublin 4
Seminar On The Russian Revolution
As part of the Dublin Festival of History, the Irish Labour History Society have helped organise a seminar to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and to consider some of the impacts it had in Ireland particularly on the Irish labour movement. Seminar speakers include Donal Fallon, Conor Kostick, Emmet O'Connor & Kate O'Malley.
This event is taking place in Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street, Dublin on Saturday 7th October, 2-4.30pm. No booking is required. All welcome on a first come, first served basis.
See also the Festival website
Dublin Docklands and the Sinking of the S.S. Hare and S.S. Adela 1917
Commemorative Event. Saturday 30th September. Assemble 1pm at Sean O'Casey Bridge, Custom House Quay, Dublin
Open Call: Your ideas for Limerick Soviet 100 Fest
The Limerick Soviet Centenary Committee is planning special celebrations - a special festival of artistic, cultural, historical and political events - for the 100th anniversary of the Limerick Soviet. With over eighteen months to go to the occasion now is a good time for all who see the value and the possibilities of the project to come together with any ideas you might have to flesh out the plans. The possibilities are endless so a brainstorming session might give us direction. The celebrations could be a major event in Limerick with contributions to its final shape coming from individuals or groups in their own areas of expertise.
We would like to invite you to a meeting at the GAFF, 36 Cecil St, Limerick for 6pm, Monday, September 25.
Glasnevin Seminar: The death of political pluralism? Ireland after the Rising 1916-18
Talks by Brian Hanley - 'The layers of an onion': labour, class and post-Rising Ireland' and Sarah-Anne Buckley - 1916 to Irish women's suffrage: gender, class and the politics of motherhood feature in the Seminar: The death of political pluralism? Ireland after the Rising 1916-18 on Saturday 9th September 2017 at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Finglas Road, Dublin 11.
Full Programme here
29th Desmond Greaves School 2017
This year’s Desmond Greaves School will open with a session marking the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution with talks from Michael Quinn -Irish and Soviet political and diplomatic exchanges 1919-1922, and Emmett O'Connor - Irish Labour and the October Revolution at 7.30pm, Friday 8th September in the Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin. The full programme runs from the 8th to 10th September.
Full Programme here
The Inaugural Roger Casement Summer School
in the dlr Lexicon, Moran Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
Thursday 24th to Saturday 26th August
The inaugural Roger Casement Summer School will cover such themes as Roger Casement and his times and human rights issues with speakers from Ireland, The Democratic Republic of the Congo and Peru.
Poster (pdf 125KB) Programme (pdf 762KB)
The Spirit of Mother Jones Annual Festival 2017
Tuesday 1st to Saturday 5th August
A festival and summer school dedicated to the memory of Mary Harris/Mother Jones and to inspirational people everywhere who fight for social justice.
The Markievicz-Partridge Seminar will take place in Ballaghaderreen and Gurteen on Friday 28th July, from 7pm and in Sligo on Saturday 29th July, from 10.30am.
May 25 - Burning of the Customs House 1921
Kilmainham Tales. Teo. invites you to the official launch of May 25 - Burning of the Custom House 1921 by Liz Gillis in ILHS, Beggar's Bush, Dublin on Wednesday 21st June at 6.30pm.
Co Louth & Irish Revolution 1912-23 Book Launch
Members of the Irish Labour History Society are invited to attend the launch of this publication on County Louth and the Irish Revolution on 11th May, 7pm at Millmount Museum, Drogheda, Co Louth, and 18th May, 7pm at the Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol, Carrickmacross Rd, Dundalk, Co Louth. It is co-edited by Saothar editor Martin Maguire and includes a chapter on Labour in County Louth during this period written by Martin (it also includes a chapter by ILHS member Peter Rigney on the Railways in County Louth).
1917: Centenary Reflections- Weekend Conference
The conference, which is on 5-6th May at Gleason’s Townhouse Hotel & The Abbey Hotel, Roscommon, will include a number of talks relating to labour history, including 'William Partridge, the Workers’ Republic, and 1916: the Ballaghaderreen connection' by Padraig Yeates, and 'Jim Larkin’s 1917 American Irish Worker' by James Curry on saturday morning.
Another chance to see 'From the Backbone Out' at Liberty Hall Theatre, Eden Quay, Dublin on Wednesday 3rd May and Thursday 4th May 2017 at 8 pm. Tickets only €10. The Play centres on Councillor Richard O'Carroll (1876-1916), his life and his achievements.
The launch of 'Hugh Mahon, Patriot, Pressman, Politician Volume 1: the years from 1857 to 1901' by Jeff Kildea will take place at
The Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin on Wednesday 26 April 2017 at 6 pm, also at Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore, Co. Offaly on
Thursday 27 April 2017 at 8 pm, and New Ross Historical Society Boat Club, Rosbercon, New Ross, Co. Wexford on Friday 28 April 2017 at 8 pm.
Women's History Association of Ireland (WHAI) Annual Conference
The WHAI Annual Conference will take place at NUI Galway on 21-22 April, 2017 and is being organised in association with the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class. The theme of the conference is ‘Gender and class in Ireland’.
Follow this link to view the final conference programme, to register and for information on travel and accommodation options.
Farewell to Fidel Night
with Tony Oscar and the Cuban All Stars, Leo Rickard, Paul Kelly and Eric Fleming on Tuesday, 18th April at 8.00 pm in Liberty Hall Theatre, Eden Quay, Dublin.
Annual General Meeting 2017
The Annual General Meeting of the Irish Labour History Society will take place on Saturday 8th April 2017 at 2:30pm in the Irish Labour History Museum & Archives, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4
ILHS & Clé Club present
The Hugh Geraghty Memorial Talk:
Railway Workers in Ireland Post World War 1 by Peter Rigney
8pm, Wed 15th March 2017 Cois Life Bar, Liberty Hall, Dublin
The new book by Michael Quinn was launched by Dr. Jack O'Connor, SIPTU General President on 8th December 2016 in Liberty Hall, Dublin. Below is a review by Jack McGinley. The publication can be purchased at umiskinpress.wordpress.com
Book review here
ILHS Conference 2016
Sat, October 22nd,
Beggars Bush, Dublin 4
Following on from volume 1 on new unionism and old (1889 - 1906), volume 2 reviews the impact of Larkinism and syndicalism on Derry. After impressive progress in the 19th century, Derry's industrial growth started to falter after 1904. Wages stagnated, prices rose relentlessly, and thousands of workers in the shirt-factories and on the docks grew restless. The city seemed ripe for one of the Larkinite revolts that shook Irish cities in the early 20th century ....
Details of the new publication here