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Military Service Pension Archive January 16, 2014

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Is now online.

Of course we are all pacifists now but it will be interesting to see what people dig up. The picture above (Pro-Treaty) is not to suggest anything though John B.Keane’s series ‘Letters of a successful TD, Minister’ etc has quite a bit devoted arranging annuity for constituents with all sort of fantastical IRA claims. The TD himself trading on credentials of a fabricated encounter with the Tans at the ‘battle of Glanalee’.

Plenty of digging to do.

Inaugural conference of the Centre for Histories of Labour and Class. Full programme November 7, 2013

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…starting 2 weeks from today. Looks brilliant

Admission FREE to all all panels. A

Attend as much or as little as you like.

Round One: THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER, 9.00 – 10.30

Panel 1: Irish working life and politics: (i) Primitive rebels
Gary Hussey (NUI Galway), ‘Agrarian secret societies and a moral economy: the case of the Threshers’
Maura Cronin (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick) ‘Sawyers and vitriol-throwing in 1830s Cork’
John Cunningham (NUI Galway), ‘The working class revolt of September 1846’

Panel 2: Migrants and transnational labour – Session supported by the MA in Culture and Colonialism, NUI Galway
Kathy Powell (NUI Galway), ‘Mobile labour and violence’
Eilis Ward (NUI Galway), ‘Migrants or Victims? Debating Prostitution Law Reform in Ireland’
Margaret Brehony (NUI Galway), ‘Free Labour and Whitening the Nation: Irish Migrants in Colonial Cuba’

Panel 3: Workers’ art
James Curry (NUI Galway), ‘“An inspiration to all who gaze upon it?” The James Larkin monument on Dublin’s O’Connell Street’
Katy Milligan (TCD), ‘“Artist of the workers”: poverty and politics in the art of Harry Kernoff’
Jean Walker (NUI Maynooth), ‘“Plain and fancy workers”: women knitters and identity in Ireland’s nineteenth and twentieth century’

Round Two, THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER, 10.50 – 12.20:

Panel 1: Irish working life and politics: (ii) c. 1850-1900
Laurence Marley, (NUI Galway), ‘Georgeite radicals in late nineteenth-century Belfast’
John McGrath (MIC), ‘Organised labour in 19th century Limerick: violence and the struggle for legitimacy’
Brian Casey (Clonfert archivist), ‘Matt Harris and the cause of labourers during the Land War’

Panel 2: Causes and Campaigns in the Roaring Twenties
Niall Whelehan (University of Edinburgh), ‘Sacco and Vanzetti and Ireland’
Mark Phelan (NUI Galway), ‘“Strike breaking, union breaking, intolerance and bigotry”: Irish labour and Italian Fascism in the 1920s’
Gerard Watts (NUI Galway), ‘The battle for Liberty Hall, 1923-24’

Panel 3: Mobility and the intelligentsia
Tomás Finn (NUI Galway), ‘The influence of intellectuals in Ireland, 1940-80’
Mary Marmion (UCD), ‘From the land of bulrush and bog to the garden party at the Palace: The role of women in the emerging middle class, 1850-1970’
James O’Donnell (NUI Galway), ‘A Class of News: an all-Ireland managerial class in Irish newspapers c.1912-1939’

Round Three: THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER, 1.30 – 3.00

Panel 1: Irish working life and politics: (iii) 1900-1950
Donal O’Drisceoil (UCC), ‘Sex & socialism: the class politics of immorality in early 20th century Ireland’
Niamh Puirséil , ‘The Labourers’ Party: class & politics in early 20th century’
Adrian Grant (Univ. Ulster), ‘Radicals: the Irish working class, republicanism and the radical left, c.1900-1939′

Panel 2: Youth, class, and culture
Donal Fallon (UCD), ‘“Quick witted urchins”: Dublin’s newsboys, 1900-25’
Jonathon Hannon (NUI Galway), ‘Class, culture and John Cooper Clarke’
Julie McGrath (MIC), ‘Sir Edward De Vere and William O’Brien’
Paddy McMenamin, (NUI Galway), ‘What would James Connolly have made of it all’? Youth & class in late 1960s Belfast,

Panel 3: Class houses
Thomas Murray (UCD), ‘Ireland’s rebel cities: the untold history of an island’s Housing Action Committees’
Michael Dwyer (UCC), ‘Abandoned by God and the Corporation: The anti-slum campaign in Cork city, 1913-1930’
Padraic Kenna (NUI Galway), Historical overview of the development of the Irish housing system

Round Four: THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER, 3.15 – 4.40
Panel 1: Biographies
Gerard Madden (NUI Galway), ‘Bishop Browne of Galway and anti-communism, 1937-1976’
John Kehoe (TCD), ‘Garda Memoirs: autobiographical writing and occupational identity’
Maeve Casserly (TCD), ‘Rosie Hackett: bridging the divide’
Gerri O’Neill (Mater Dei), ‘The Deportation of James Gralton – de Valera and the 1933 Red Scare’
Panel 2: Religion and class politics
Dan Finn (New Left Review), ‘Irish Republicans and the Protestant working class, 1968-1998’
Tony Varley (NUI Galway), ‘Bobby Burke, Christian Socialism and class politics in post-independence Ireland
Matthew Collins (Univ. Ulster), ‘“Scourge of the bigot and Tory”: The life and times of Jack Beattie’

Panel 3: 1913 and all that
Leo Keohane ((NUI Galway), ‘“Labour in Irish History”: a text in support of a Sorel type Syndicalism?’
Leah Hunnewell (TCD), ‘Irish working class struggle & postmillennial rhetoric 1911-16: a transatlantic perspective’
Meredith Meagher (Univ. of Notre Dame), ‘Ireland & American Labour: an international perspective on Lockout’
John O’Donovan (UCC) Canon Sheehan and Connolly: Labour, Nationality and Religion in Ireland 1910 – 1913

Round Five: THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER, 4.45 – 6.00
Panel 1: Caipitlí as Oileán an Chrapaigh; cumannach as Árainn – Session in association with the Liam & Tom O’Flaherty Society
Seosamh Ó Cuaig (Independent film maker) ‘Tom O’Flaherty’
Jackie Uí Chionna (NUI Galway), ‘Máirtín Mór McDonogh’

Panel 2: Labour and archives
Kieran Hoare, NUI Galway
Catríona Crowe, National Archives of Ireland
Francis Devine, Irish Labour History Society

Panel 3: Class, conflict and amelioration in early nineteenth Ireland
Dominic Haugh (NUI Galway), ‘The origins and legacy of the Ralahine commune, 1831-1833’
Terry Dunne (NUI Maynooth), ‘Class in pre-famine Ireland’
Alan Noonan, ‘“Not the slightest appearance of an outbreak”: labour conflict in the mining regions of Ireland’

Round Six: THURSDAY 21 NOVEMBER, 8.00 – 9.30

Mechanics Institute, The Saothar symposium:
‘Forty years on: where next for the history of the Irish working class.’
Established in 1973, the Irish Labour History Society has published its annual journal Saothar since 1975. This discussion will feature the following speakers who will assess where to for the history of the Irish working class – Mary Jones, Michael Pierse, Francis Devine, Sarah-Anne Buckley and David Convery.
Caitriona Crowe will occupy the chair

Mechanics Institute: book launch of David Convery (ed.) Locked out: a century of Irish working class life

Round Seven: FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER, 9.00 – 10.30

Panel 1: In dock, pew and street
Gerard Farrell (TCD), ‘Class divisions amongst the “mere Irish” of colonial Ulster’
Hilary Taylor (Yale University), ‘Rethinking lower-class “inarticulacy” in 18th-century Britain: some evidence from the Old Bailey’
Seán Farrell (Northern Illinois Univ.), ‘Beautiful Vision: Christ Church & Anglican children in early Victorian Britain’

Panel 2: The rights of labour
Cathal Smith (NUI Galway), ‘Irish Landlordism, American slavery and ‘”rural subjection”’
Timothy Keane (NUI Galway), ‘Revisiting Chartism in Ireland’

Panel 3: Sport, labour and class
Daryl Leeworthy (University of Huddersfield), ‘Class, labour migration and the making of commercial ice hockey in inter-war Britain and Ireland’
David Toms (UCC) and Alex Jackson, ‘The miner and the darling of the gods: football, work and migration in inter-war Britain and Ireland’
Brian Ward (NUI Galway), ‘Galway press attitudes towards the working classes in 1912’

Round Eight: FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER, 10.50 – 12.10

Panel 1: Class and politics in Ireland in 1790s Ireland
Niall Gillespie (TCD), ‘The class dynamics of radical literary political culture,1791-98’
Timothy Murtagh (TCD), ‘Dublin’s journeymen – Hibernia’s sans culottes?’
Ultán Gillen (Teeside University), ‘Class and United Irish ideology’

Panel 2: Collective bargains
Alan Power (TCD), ‘Irish Trade Unionism, centralised bargaining and social justice, 1961-79’
Martin Maguire (Dundalk IT), ‘Confronting state power: civil service trade unions in independent Ireland, 1922-38’
Peter Murray (NUI Maynooth), ‘Adult education and labour movement division in Ireland, 1940s to 1960s’
Audrey Cahill, ‘Child poverty, intergenerational transmission of advantage and basic capital’

Panel 3: Oral History, letters and work
Mary Muldowney (TCD), ‘“Trusting to their honours for justice”: insights into class relations in the Irish railway industry after the introduction of the state old age pension in January 1909’
Liam Cullinane (UCC), ‘Fordism and Ford workers in Ireland, 1917-1932’
Ida Milne (Oral History Network), ‘Working in a newspaper industry: the gendering of internal elites’

Round Nine: FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER, 12.15. – 1.30

Panel 1: Stage left
Aoife Monks (Birkbeck College, University of London) ‘Virtuosity, technique, craft and the immaterials of Performance.’
Charlotte McIvor (NUI Galway) ‘”Take Me Down to Monto, Monto, Monto”: disrupting narratives of economic crisis as states of exception through the experimental Irish community theatre.’
Mark Phelan (Queen’s) ‘Performing class, culture and conflict in Belfast—class politics and labour relations in forgotten figures from the Irish dramatic canon.’
Lionel Pilkington (NUI Galway) ‘1985: Irish theatre and the new spirit of capitalism.’

Panel 2: Sustaining and forming children
Emma O’Toole (NCAD), ‘“Anxious to provide a good nurse”: employing the Irish wet nurse in upper class households in eighteenth-century Ireland’
Geraldine Curtin (NUI Galway), ‘Instilling the habit of labour: children, work and the early Irish reformatories’
Ian Miller (University of Ulster), ‘Undernourished infants and “school-day starvation”: politics, class and childhood feeding, c.1900-1918’
Sinéad Mercier (NUI Galway), ‘The Irish Magdalene Laundry: establishing state and social responsibility in the “disciplinary society”’

Panel 3: Class politics and the Irish revolution – session supported by the MA in Irish Studies, NUIG
Andy Bielenberg (UCC) Protestant emigration during the War of Independence and Civil War’
John Borgonovo, (UCC) ‘Republican civil administration and taxation in the “Munster Republic”, July-August 1922’
Dara Folan (NUI Galway), ‘The Gaelic League and the labour movement: unlikely bedfellows?’

Panel 4: Perspectives on class and resistance
Michael Pierse (Queen’s), ‘Emigration, counter-culture and writing the Irish working class’
Paula Geraghty (Trade Union TV), ‘The dialectics of resistance: digital media offering new possibilities for interpretation?
Paul Garrett (NUI Galway), ‘Destabilizing classifications: thinking with Ranciere about class and history’

7.30 pm Mechanics Institute: Preliminary workshop for conference participants interested in developing an oral history project on 20th century Galway industries.

FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER: The tenth and final round

Mechanics Institute, ‘Class, conflict and culture: the songs’,

Youth Culture in Context October 21, 2013

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1-day workshop ‘Youth Culture in Context’ being held on the 8 November in NUIG from 12-30-6pm organised under the Irish Centre for Histories of Labour and Class. If you are interested in attending you can email sarahanne.buckley@nuigalway.ie or attend any of the panels on the day. Its being held in seminar room GO10 in the James Hardiman Library. Hope to see you there!

History and the Junior Cert June 18, 2013

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Contribution from Catriona Crowe at a refreshing if presumably futile Oireachtas hearing last Wednesday. She makes good points on what should be history’s standing to other subjects and the not implausible future of popular understanding originating in the lens of Neil Jordan.

“History shouldn’t be a choice but an opportunity”

Jim Larkin on Haddington Road June 17, 2013

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Irish Independent 1980

The first Dáil January 21, 2013

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Perhaps a fitting anniversary given discussion on the merits of (extra) parliamentary activity here lately. The first meeting of Dáil Éireann took place in the Round Room of the Mansion House on 21 January 1919.

Ninety four years ago today.

A revolutionary assembly by all accounts.


The Proclamation was ratified & Declaration of Irish Independence adopted

Whereas the Irish People is by right a free people:

And whereas for seven hundred years the Irish People has never ceased to repudiate and has repeatedly protested in arms against foreign usurpation:

And whereas English rule in this country is, and always has been, based upon force and fraud and maintained by military occupation against the declared will of the people:

And whereas the Irish Republic was proclaimed in Dublin on Easter Monday, 1916, by the Irish Republican Army, acting on behalf of the Irish People:

And whereas the Irish People is resolved to secure and maintain its complete independence in order to promote the common weal, to re-establish justice, to provide for future defence, to ensure peace at home and good will with all nations, and to constitute a national policy based upon the people’s will with equal right and equal opportunity for every citizen:

And whereas at the threshold of a new era in history the Irish electorate has in the General Election of December, 1918, seized the first occasion to declare by an overwhelming majority its firm allegiance to the Irish Republic:

Now, therefore, we, the elected Representatives of the ancient Irish People in National Parliament assembled, do, in the name of the Irish Nation, ratify the establishment of the Irish Republic and pledge ourselves and our people to make this declaration effective by every means at our command:

We ordain that the elected Representatives of the Irish People alone have power to make laws binding on the people of Ireland, and that the Irish Parliament is the only Parliament to which that people will give its allegiance:

We solemnly declare foreign government in Ireland to be an invasion of our national right which we will never tolerate, and we demand the evacuation of our country by the English Garrison:

We claim for our national independence the recognition and support of every free nation in the world, and we proclaim that independence to be a condition precedent to international peace hereafter:

In the name of the Irish People we humbly commit our destiny to Almighty God Who gave our fathers the courage and determination to persevere through long centuries of a ruthless tyranny, and strong in the justice of the cause which they have handed down to us, we ask His Divine blessing on this the last stage of the struggle we have pledged ourselves to carry through to freedom.

You can add or subtract a few words there for a more contemporary feel. Now in it’s 31st incarnation, the Dáil has arguable more power, for now at least. 1919 also marks the first step on Gombeen man’s long journey to TD of course.

Cathal Brugha was elected Ceann Comhairle though replaced by Seán T. O’Kelly the following day. After fourteen or so sittings Dáil Éireann was declared a dangerous association by the British Government.

The RTÉ archive have uploaded a 1969 lecture from Professor Kevin B. Nowlan on the 50th anniversary and a short clip of Ernest Blythe, Robert Barton and James Ryan recalling how they were chosen as Sinn Féin candidates for the landmark 1918 election.

Conor McCabe shows how we got on since.

This Week At The Irish Election Literature Blog April 6, 2012

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First off a booklet giving details of each candidate for the 1980 Fianna Fail Committee of 15 elections, includes amongst others a young Willie O’Dea and Ryan Tubridys father.

Then it looks as if Fine Gael are using Jobs again in their Fiscal Treaty Campaign “This Treaty supports jobs and recovery. It protects all our interests – yours, mine and our children’s.”

from there to a leaflet that is being distributed in West Dublin at the minute about Oireachtas members pay and expenses “Real Leadership is about being First, not Last to take cuts”

Then a 1973 flyer from Conor Cruise O’Brien, Joe O’Connor and Paddy Dunne running for Labour in Dublin North East

An A to Z of Parties and Labels in Irish Elections from 1924 to date January 4, 2012

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Have spent the last while trawling through old election results and was surprised at the amount of different parties and Labels that candidates put themselves forward under. This was especially the case for Local Elections.
Needless to say many of these parties / groups were not registered, so I relied on leaflets, books, old newspaper cuttings and more to get the names.
Would love to know if there are more that I’ve missed.

Agricultural League
Ailtirí na hAiséirghe
An Chomhdhail Phobail | People’s Convention
Army Wives

Businessmens Party

Cannabis Legalisation Party
Cavan Road Action Group
Chamber of Commerce
Christian Centrist Party
Christian Democrats
Christian Principles Party
Christian Solidarity Party
Cine Gael
Clann Éireann
Clann na Poblachta
Clann na Talmhan
Coiste Cearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta
Combined Residents Associations
Communist Party of Ireland
Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist)
Community Party
Community Democrats of Ireland
Conservative and Unionist
Constitutional Group
Córas na Poblachta
Cork Socialist Party
Cumann na nGaedheal
Cumann na Poblachta
Cumann Poblachta na hÉireann

Democratic Left
Democratic Socialist Party
Direct Democracy Ireland
Donegal Progressive Party

Ecology Party of Ireland
Éirígí ***

Fathers’ Rights-Responsibility Party
Fianna Fail
Fine Gael
Fis Nua

GAY (Gay and Lesbian Equality Campaign)
Green Party/ Green Alliance
GOD- (For Bible Readings in the Dail)


Immigration Control Platform
Independent Farmer
Independent Fianna Fail (Blaney)
Independent Fianna Fail
Independent Fine Gael
Independent Health Alliance
Independent Labour
Independent Ratepayers
Independent Republican
Independent Socialist
Independent Unemployed Worker
Independent Youth
Irish Housewives Association
Irish Liberal Party
Irish Republican Socialist Party
Irish Socialist Network
Irish Solidarity Party
Irish Workers’ League

Labour Municipal Workers
League for a Workers Republic
Legion of Ex Servicemen
Licensed Trade
Local Residents
Letterkenny Residents Party

Militant Labour
Monetary Reform Party
Muintir na hÉireann
Municipal Tennants

National Action
National Businessmen’s Association
National Corporate Party *
National Centre Party
National Labour Party
National League
National Legal Justice Action Group
National Party (1924)
National Party (Nora Bennis)
National Progressive Democrats
Natural Law Party
New Agenda**
New Island Party
New Vision
No Party Ticket

People Before Profit Alliance
Peoples Democracy
Peoples Party of Ireland
Poblacht Chríostúil
Political Organisation for Work
Planning Reform Party
Progressive Democrats
Pro Life
Protectionist Farmer
Protestant Association

Ratepayers Association
Republican Congress
Republican Labour
Republican Sinn Fein
Revolutionary Workers Party
Roscommon Hospital Action Committee

Salthill Citizens Organisation
Saor Éire*
Seniors Solidarity Party
Sinn Fein
Sinn Fein the Workers’ Party
Sligo/ Leitrim Independent Socialist Organisation
Socialist Labour Party
Socialist Party
Socialist Party of Ireland
Socialist Workers Party
South Kerry Independent Alliance

Tax Reform League

Tennants Association
Town Tennants
Transport Union
Travellers Rights

Ulster Protestant
United Citizens Party
United Left Alliance

Waterford Peoples Party
The Workers’ Party
Workers and Unemployed Action Group
Workers Union

Young Ireland

* Not sure if they contested elections
** Only contested Elections in the North under that name
*** Councillor in the Republic, have contested Local Elections in the North

Frank Ryan and Doctor Lynch January 4, 2012

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In the 1937 General Election Frank Ryan stood in Dublin South whilst recuperating from injuries sustained in the Spanish Civil War.
An Appeal for votes and ‘subscriptions’ was put in the paper. Which led to a letter from a Fianna Fail Doctor and a lovely reply from Peadar O’Donnell.
Frank Ryan polled 875 votes in the election.

(Oh and would anyone happen to know the names of the 2 Republican Congress Councillors elected in the 1934 Local Elections?)

Sóivéidí na hÉireann September 15, 2011

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Given the debate elsewhere on the site about the Soviets I thought this may be of interest.
This documentary was shown on TG4 a year or two back.
Sóivéidí na hÉireann – Soviet Ireland.

A programme about the ways in which the Russian Revolution influenced the working class of Ireland during the Tan War period. Workers took possession of factories and other workplaces around the country and soviets were declared, democratic councils under the workers’ control.

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