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“Walter Carpenter: a revolutionary life” East Wall History Group Sunday 8th May May 5, 2016

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Our next event is this Sunday, 8th May, and it is a very important one.

“Walter Carpenter: a revolutionary life” will celebrate the life & work of this significant, and often overlooked radical figure in Dublin.

A one time East Wall resident, Walter Carpenter was a prominent socialist and trade unionist in Dublin – he was an early organiser with the Irish Transport & General Workers Union alongside Jim Larkin, and secretary of the Socialist Party of Ireland. He served as the general secretary of the Tailors & Pressers Union (known as ‘the Jewish Union’) for over a decade. He campaigned on many important issues of the day – women’s suffrage, eradicating slum housing and the introduction of school breakfasts. A close associate and friend of James Connolly, his sons Walter and Peter served in the Irish Citizen Army from its formation in 1913 and were part of the GPO garrison during the Easter Rising. Alongside Roddy Connolly, the son of James, Walter would help found the Communist Party of Ireland. This year of course marks the centenary of the 1916 rising, but also the 90th anniversary of Walters Death.

Join us, along with the Carpenter family, on Sunday 8th May @ 2pm, at the Sean O’Casey Theatre, East Wall to celebrate this radical heritage.

Accompanied by a lone piper, we will march to number 8 Caledon Road, where Eamon Carpenter (son of Peter) will unveil a plaque at the former family home.

Returning to the Sean O’Casey Theatre, a new publication “Walter Carpenter: a revolutionary life”, written by his grand-daughter, Ellen Galvin will be launched.

We are delighted to announce that the booklet will be officially launched by Michael O’Brien, whose Grandfather Abraham Sevitt was an original trustee of the Tailors and Pressers Union (in which Walter served as General Secretary). His father Tom O’Brien, was a socialist campaigner in 1930’s Dublin and fought in the Connolly Column (International Brigades) during the Spanish Civil War.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin City will be in attendance.

Tommy Seery and Diarmuid Breatnach will each perform a song from the era , and afterwards our customary refreshments will also be served !

A portrait of Walter Carpenter, painted by Thomas Kain will be on display during the afternoon, by kind permission of the Carpenter family.

All welcome, please share these details , and we look forward to seeing you there.

Note: Event page contains a number of short articles on Walter and his sons



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