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Women’s Museum of Ireland writes:

“Alicia Brady, a 16-year-old Jacob’s striker, was fatally injured by the ricochet from a revolver fired by a strike breaker, or scab, called Patrick Traynor on December 18, 1913. A memorial is taking place this Saturday from 2pm at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, to commemorate her death.”

“No photograph of Alicia Brady exists, instead this reproduction of the incident features in the Lockout Tapestry.”

Read more about Alicia here.

Thanks Women’s Museum of Ireland


The front page of the Daily Sketch, which reported on the collapse of two tenement houses in Church Street, Dublin on September 2, 1913, during which it’s believed six people died, and at least seven were injured.

From the front page report:

“When the two tenement houses in Church Street, Dublin, collapsed scenes of anguish and of horror were witnessed. Many of the victims were crushed almost beyond recognition and others were wild with grief when their little ones were dug out of the pile of stones and mortar in which they had been engulfed. Priests tried to console the bereaved, who lost both friends and homes, and comfort the dying. Even strong men joined with them when they offered up prayers for the repose of the souls of the humble victims.”

Meanwhile, a little more background from University College Cork’s Multitext Project in Irish History:

“An inquest held into the collapse revealed that the Dangerous Buildings Inspector had examined the houses at the beginning of August, and ordered that immediate renovation work be carried out. In a follow-up visit on 15 August, the Inspector passed the buildings as safe, although he admitted to the Coroner’s Court that he could not see whether a new supporting beam had been fitted because it was blocked at the time. The Church Street disaster was not the first time tenements had collapsed, but the numbers killed and injured were unparalleled.”

Daily Sketch?

H/T: Oireachtas Retort

a1474417818_10Constant (right) and a ‘lady’ in 1913.

He wore that ‘bun’ for most of his life.

Jennifer O’Leary writes:

Here’s a link (below) to the ‘1913 Unfinished Business’ Podcast (episode 2) on Women of 1913.

It includes a segment on Constance Markievicz, To refresh the minds of those who may be wondering who this Mr Constant Mark-a-fella of 1916 is.

1913 Unfinished Business – Women Of 1913

Earlier: Constant Craving

90273969Five Limericks in one

A poem.

Let’s worship the men of the Lockout,
And praise the things that Larkin said,
The tramworkers all are now heroes,
They’re heroes because they are dead.

Spare a thought for those men on that brave day,
When they stood before Murphy’s dread rage,
Then shut up and bring me my latté,
Or I’ll lower your minimum wage.

It baffles me now that mere workers,
Once could purchase a house or a car,
It’s time to clamp down on those shirkers,
We have to, we are where we are.

We’ll have no more talk of progressing,
To this one truth we’ll always hold fast,
That union men are a blessing,
As long as they stay in the past.

John Moynes

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

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Yesterday the Sunday Times reported how two options for trade union floats marking the centenary of the 1913 lockout were banned from the St Patrick’s Day parade because neither of them met the theme of The Gathering.

The decision prompted claims the St Patrick’s Festival was embarking on “cultural censorship”.

One of the options included a large replica cash register, as big as three double deck buses, with the script of WB Yeats’s poem September 1913. The other was to celebrate the life of Jim Larkin (top).

The theme of yesterday’s parade was Great Things Happen When We Get Together.

From yesterday’s Sunday Times (behind paywall):

“The St Patrick’s Festival said: “The application didn’t pass the first stage of submissions because it didn’t reflect the theme of the Gathering. Stage-one applications are judged on artistic vision. They were given feedback on the artistic direction and invited to resubmit if they could meet the criteria a little more, which they didn’t do.”
…Padraig Yeates, a Siptu official, said:“The parade marches past Jim Larkin’s statue every year and yet they say Larkin and other trade unionists aren’t good enough to have their names in the parade.
“What was interesting was that they didn’t shoot down the ideas on the grounds of aesthetics or design, but to actually say, ‘No thanks, trade unions or workers are not part of our mission,’ says a lot about the parade.”




Dublin City Council has recently announced Strumpet City by James Plunkett, which recounts life in Dublin during the 1913 lockout, as its choice for its annual One City One Book initiative.

Are we missing something?

(Pic: UCC)