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Left Archive: Documents from the 1984/1985 British Miners Strike and support work in Tallaght, Dublin. March 25, 2013

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AGENDA

Cover of THE MINER
Many thanks to former TD and Labour Party Cllr. Eamonn Walsh for donating this range of materials to the Archive (and to Eoin Breathnach for scanning and forwarding the documents).

To download the above and other files please scroll down this page.

This is an unusual but important addition to the Archive. It consists of a range of documents, pamphlets, newsletters and other materials relating to the British Miners Strike of 1984 and 1985 (IEL added this to the Left Archive here on the same topic). This pivotal industrial action excited both solidarity and activism across the United Kingdom and further afield as evidenced here.

In this selection of materials are papers relating to the visit of striking miner’s partners and children to Tallaght in August 1984. The seven day visit included visits to the Mansion House in Dublin for a Lord Mayor’s reception, a meeting with the Chair of Dublin County Council, meetings with Tallaght Community Council, trips to Mosney Holiday Camp, Cantrell & Cochrane and Portmarnock racecourse.

There is also a leaflet from the striking miners explaining their action, an edition of The Miner – the publication of the miners – and a document from ‘Barnsley Women Against Pit Closures’.

In total it builds into a picture of local support around the issue and in a way which perhaps other documents in the Archive tend to lack, offers a sense of life at the time for working people. This is of particular value both in political and social terms.

Eamonn Walsh adds the following overview of the materials, and makes an interesting comparison with the events of 1913.

“The most memorable event in my political career was my involvement with a project to assist the women and children of striking miners in the 1980’s in Barnsley and alleviating the struggle with thatcher’s regime.

A group of Labour Party members in Dublin south west got together to collect money, every Saturday night in pubs to assist the miners in their struggle. When we had a sizeable sum collected we decided that a holiday in Tallaght for women and children would be the best way to use the collection.

An interesting story emerged during one of the sports day we organised, when presenting trophies to the Barnsley children, one of the women recognised the three castles, the arms of Dublin, and said that she had seen these three castles on a memento on a mantel piece in Barnsley. After further research it transpired that children from Dublin brought it with them to Barnsley when they were being looked after during the 1913 lockout in Dublin following their evacuation… history then repeating it self in Dublin.

I am very proud that I played a leading role in that epic struggle of the Barnsley miners.”

Today’s struggle by myself & many others from within the Labour party with our present government, shows the need to demonstrate more than ever labours core values and beliefs in order to protect ordinary families that are under attack.

Eamonn Walsh

Former Labour TD and Councillor and member of the Labour Party for 34 years.

To download the above documents and other files please click on the following links.


Fundraising Letter

Fundraising letter

Handwritten notes of schedule

Hand notes of schedule 1984

Typed up Schedule for Miners

Schedule for miners typed up – page 1
Irish Times article

Miners information leaflet

Miners information leaflet outside

Pamphlet against pit closures

Pamphlet against pit closures

Public Meeting notice – Trader’s Pub

Public meeting notice – Traders Pub

Record of Food and Drink bought

Record of food & Drinks bought front
Hand notes thanking fundraisers…

Hand Notes thanking Fundraisers in Traders Public house

Hand notes thanking fundraisers in Traders Public House

Letter of Thanks to Traders

Letter of thanks to Traders fundraisers

Sticker Sheets

Stickers sheets – Dig deep for the miners

The Miner 1984

The Miner 1984

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1. irishelectionliterature - March 25, 2013

Ken Loach / Which Side Are You On (1984)

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2. Red Hand - March 25, 2013

Great resources

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3. Uncorruptable - March 25, 2013

Lyrics from John lennons ‘Working class hero’ is all i want to post here, fits with the fight of the time & ever more today for us all,

“As soon as you’re born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
A working class hero is something to be

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school
They hate you if you’re clever and they despise a fool
Till you’re so ****ing crazy you can’t follow their rules
A working class hero is something to be

When they’ve tortured and scared you for twenty-odd years
Then they expect you to pick a career
When you can’t really function you’re so full of fear
A working class hero is something to be

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV
And you think you’re so clever and classless and free
But you’re still ****ing peasants as far as I can see
A working class hero is something to be

There’s room at the top they’re telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill

A working class hero is something to be
If you want to be a hero well just follow me”

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4. Brendan O'Neill - March 26, 2013

In April 1985, as a guests of the president of the Neath branch of the N.U.M., Phil Bowen my wife and I visited a number of branches and at Penrhiwceiber, (pronounced Pen-rue-kyber), we witnessed a very young man labouriously pull and sway his way up a steep hill with only a hand rail for support. On enquiring of his state, from a local rep, who told us he had been a miner who now suffered from the dreaded pneumoconiosis,I penned the following;
Penrhiwceiber.
And I have seen a young man
Aged now
Begin his climb and fail
Where, once as a boy
In freedom ran
And never thought there was a hill
Nor living death
Beneath the soil.

(South Wales April 1985)

Beneath the soil

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5. EAMONN WALSH - March 27, 2013

I WAS VERY PLEASED WITH THE SHOWING OF MY MATERIAL ON THE MINERS WIVES AND CHILDREN VISIT TO DUBLIN .
THE MOST STRIKING ISSUE THAT COMES ACROSS IS THE WILLINGNESS OF LEFT MINDED WORKING PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES TO BELIEVE IN AND ACTIVELY SUPPORT STRUGGLES TO DEFEND THEIR BASIC HUMAN RIGHT TO EARN A DECENT LIVING. DURING THE FIRST WEEK COLLECTING MONEY FOR TO SUPPORT THE STRIKERS IN BARNSLEY I WAS CONFRONTED WITH YOU FEN BRIT SUPPORTER AND AS THE STRUGGLE WAS COVERED ON TV THE MOOD CHANGED DRAMATICALLY AND THE LAST NIGHT OF THE WOMEN’S VISIT THE FUNCTION IN THE LOCAL PUB THE TRADERS WAS JAMED TO FULL CAPACITY AND DID NOT CLOSE UNTIL 1.30 am AND THEN WENT BACK TO MY HOME IN LIMEKILN FARM BESIDE THE PUB AND WE HAD TO TAKE OFF THE INTERNAL DOORS TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE CROWD.IT WAS A GREAT LESSON IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE WORKING PEOPLE’S CAUSES INTERNATIONALLY

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6. Branno's ultra-left t-shirt - March 27, 2013

The defining moment of the last 30 years: the miners defeat changed everything. Fair play to anyone who collected for them or supported them in any way.

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