Dublin in the early 20th century had some of worst living conditions in Europe. A third of the city’s population lived in tenements. A government report at the time stated: “There are many tenement houses with seven or eight rooms that house a family in each room, and contain a population of between forty and fifty souls. We have visited one house that we found to be occupied by 98 persons…” Average wages for the working classes barely covered the cost of existing. The meagre diets of Dublin’s poor, along with the lack of sanitation and overcrowding meant that infectious diseases flourished and infant mortality was common.
It was against this background of poverty that the Lockout took place.
Using the 1911 Census, Catriona Crowe will give a talk on Social Conditions in Dublin Prior to the Lockout next Tuesday 20th August at 7pm in the County Library, Tallaght.
Catriona Crowe is Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland. She is Manager of the Irish Census Online Project, which has placed the 1901 and 1911 censuses online free of charge over the last 4 years. She is editor of Dublin 1911, published by the Royal Irish Academy in 2011. She is also Vice-President of the Irish Labour History Society, and a former President of the Women’s History Association. She contributes regularly to the broadcast and print media on cultural and historical matters.
All welcome – this is not to be missed!