The lecture will take place on 8th March at 19.00 in St Andrews in the Square and will be delivered by Francis Devine, an advisor to the Irish Governments Centennial Commerations Committee and former President of the Irish Labour History Society. Francis will analyse these events and the evening will be serialised in song by artists including Arthur Johnstone, Scottish Singer of the year Paul McKenna, The Wakes frontman Paul Sheridan and John Jo Gallagher.
James (Big Jim) Larkin (21 January 1876 – 30 January 1947) was an Irish trade union leader and socialist activist, born to Irish parents in Liverpool, England. He and his family later moved to a small cottage in Burren, southern County Down. Growing up in poverty, he received little formal education and began working in a variety of jobs while still a child. He became a full-time trade union organiser in 1905. Larkin moved to Belfast in 1907 and founded the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union, the Irish Labour Party, and later the Workers' Union of Ireland. Perhaps best known for his role in the 1913 Dublin Lockout, “Big Jim” continues to occupy a significant place in Dublin's collective memory.
The Dublin Lock-out (Irish: Frithdhúnadh Mór Bhaile-Átha-Cliath) was a major industrial dispute between approximately 20,000 workers and 300 employers which took place in Ireland's capital city of Dublin. The dispute lasted from 26 August 1913 to 18 January 1914, and is often viewed as the most severe and significant industrial dispute in Irish history. Central to the dispute was the workers' right to unionise