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SIPTU May Day Labour History School in Athy from Sat 30th April to Sunday May 1st. April 28, 2011

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, The Left.

Saturday 30th April &
Sunday 1st May
The Athy Community Arts Centre

Debates &


A photographic Exhibition commemorating the workers who built the canals and the boatmen who transported the goods throughout the canal network.

Official Opening of the Festival by the Mayor of Athy

A series of talks examining the socio-economic and cultural impact that the opening of the canals had on provincial life. The typical life of the early Navvies and boatmen will be brought to life, and the struggle for improvement in conditions leading to early Trade Union formation will also be explored.

A concert of Labour and Workers’ songs, featuring two of Dublin’s well-known balladeers, Tom Crean and Jimmy Kelly. The concert will be preceded by a Wine Reception at 7.30pm.


History Ireland’s Hedge School: ‘Whatever Happened to the Citizen Army?’

We have the pleasure of hosting History Ireland’s successful Hedge School series. The round table discussion will trace the history of the radical LeftRepublican tradition in Irish history.The panel will consist of:

Brian Hanley:
St Pat’s, Drumcondra (co-author of The Lost Revolution: A History of the Workers Party and the Official IRA)

Eoin O’Broin:
Sinn Fein

Fergus Whelan:
ICTU (author of Dissent into Treason)

Jack O’Connor:
President of SIPTU.

The panel will be chaired by Tommy Graham
of History Ireland

More details on this PDF…



1. Canals and labour history | Irish waterways history - April 28, 2011

[…] The building and the use of Irish inland waterways, by navvies and boatmen respectively, will be discussed at the May Day Labour History School, to be held at Athy Community Arts Centre on Saturday 30 April 2011. The events of the day (copied from here): […]


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