Tribute Event For Historian & Activist Rayner Lysaght

Rayner Lysaght event
A tribute event for former Society Committee member, historian and activist Rayner Lysaght is taking place in the Irish Labour History Society Premises in Beggars Bush on Saturday 14 May from 11am. Due to limited capacity, pre-registration is required. Register via https://raynerlysaght.eventbrite.ie or by emailing secretary@ irishlabourhistorysociety.com
We plan to put up a recording of this event here in the week following the event.

Material Studies

AEU journal
New article on the AEU Journals, 1937-1964 under Material Studies, here. We also have a history of the AEU here.
The Material Studies are essays on paper-based collections which have been donated to the ILHS.

The Man in the Middle:
Bill Attley

Bill Attley Front Cover
For two decades, Bill Attley was a central figure in the trade union movement as a leading officer of the Federated Workers' Union of Ireland (FWUI) and Services, Industrial, Professional & Technical Union (SIPTU). This new ILHS title by Francis Devine, is now available for sale from the ILHS.

Tom & Marie Johnson
SEEKING NO HONOURS

Tom Johnson Front Cover
This new ILHS title by Shay Cody (current president) and Charles Callan, (former president and long-time secretary) with reflections of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Labour Party, Padraig Yeates and Brendan Howlin is now available for sale from the ILHS.

ILHS Lectures

New page under the events section. These are recordings of our online lectures in 2020 and 2021.

Labour Lives from Saothar

New page under the biographies section. These are bios which were published in past issues of Saothar.

7 women of the labour movement

New article added to the Biographies page.

Click here for full text.

Copyright Notice

Copyright material on this site is available for the purpose of research and private study only.
By continuing to use this site you acknowledge and accept the conditions that the contents of the website will not be extracted or re-utilised for any competing or commercial purpose without the written consent of The Irish Labour History Society and the copyright holder.

About the Society

The Irish Labour History Society (ILHS) was established in 1973, with a founding objection, as outlined in our constitution, to; ‘promote the knowledge of Irish labour and of Irish people in labour history abroad and labour history in general; the appreciation of the importance of labour history in the educational curriculum; and the preservation of all records and reminiscences, oral and written, relating to the current and past experiences of the Irish working class and its organisations’.
The Society has since striven to fulfil this obligation, despite the handicaps of lack of resources, financial and human, and reliance on the voluntary efforts of its committees, members and activists. These efforts have borne much fruit. The Society’s annual journal, Saothar, has gained an international audience and generated much critical acclaim in historiographical reviews. The Society has conscientiously attempted to rescue threatened material and raise Irish labour’s archival consciousness, particularly within the trade union movement.
Under the guidance of the Society’s founding President, the late John Swift, the records of his own union, the Irish Bakers, Confectioners and Allied Workers Amalgamated Union, formed the first deposit in the ILHS Archive, housed at present by the Archives Department of University College, Dublin.
The continuing task confronting the society, in association with the trade union and labour movement, is to ensure the safety of the records of the labour movement. This is imperative because of the condition in which some of these records have so far survived, but additional urgency is occasioned by the spate of trade union mergers and amalgamations. In such situations premises are vacated and structures rationalised.
Trade union archives are often the first thing to be ‘rationalised’, usually into the nearest shredder or skip. We appeal to unions, and individuals, to reflect on the responsibility they bear as custodians of their own past and join with the society in guaranteeing the safe transfer of their unwanted material to a suitable and accessible archival location. In this context, the challenge of the Irish Labour History Museum and Archives at Beggar’s Bush offers exciting possibilities for those within our movement with vision.
See also: Labour History

Tribute Event For Historian & Activist Rayner Lysaght

Rayner Lysaght event
A tribute event for former Society Committee member, historian and activist Rayner Lysaght is taking place in the Irish Labour History Society Premises in Beggars Bush on Saturday 14 May from 11am. Due to limited capacity, pre-registration is required. Register via https://raynerlysaght.eventbrite.ie or by emailing secretary@ irishlabourhistorysociety.com
We plan to put up a recording of this event here in the week following the event.

Material Studies

AEU journal
New article on the AEU Journals, 1937-1964 under Material Studies, here. We also have a history of the AEU here.
The Material Studies are essays on paper-based collections which have been donated to the ILHS.

The Man in the Middle:
Bill Attley

Bill Attley Front Cover
For two decades, Bill Attley was a central figure in the trade union movement as a leading officer of the Federated Workers' Union of Ireland (FWUI) and Services, Industrial, Professional & Technical Union (SIPTU). This new ILHS title by Francis Devine, is now available for sale from the ILHS.

Tom & Marie Johnson
SEEKING NO HONOURS

Tom Johnson Front Cover
This new ILHS title by Shay Cody (current president) and Charles Callan, (former president and long-time secretary) with reflections of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Labour Party, Padraig Yeates and Brendan Howlin is now available for sale from the ILHS.

ILHS Lectures

New page under the events section. These are recordings of our online lectures in 2020 and 2021.

Labour Lives from Saothar

New page under the biographies section. These are bios which were published in past issues of Saothar.

7 women of the labour movement

New article added to the Biographies page.

Click here for full text.

Copyright Notice

Copyright material on this site is available for the purpose of research and private study only.
By continuing to use this site you acknowledge and accept the conditions that the contents of the website will not be extracted or re-utilised for any competing or commercial purpose without the written consent of The Irish Labour History Society and the copyright holder.