Lockout Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum


Running until the 18th January 2014, the National Maritime Museum in Dún Laoghaire are currently showing an exhibition marking the centenary of the 1913 Lockout, which examines the effects of the Lockout on the Dún Laoghaire area. Housed in the beautiful former Mariners’ Church, the Maritime Museum is a unique attraction that is well worth a visit in its own right. The museum is open daily from 11am-5pm.


1913 Lockout for Schools

© Getty Images

© Getty Images

South Dublin Libraries has just published a 1913 Lockout  information pack for late primary and early secondary schools. This is the first of a series of centenary commemorative educational resources that are part of South Dublin Libraries’ ongoing commitment to preserving our history through education.

The pack covers working-class poverty in Dublin, industrial relations, the personalities involved in the dispute and the outcomes. These topics are covered  using accessible language that students will easily understand.

The pack includes teachers’ notes.

The downloadable information pack is available in PDF format here:


Items in our digital archive relating to the lockout can be seen here.

For more information, please contact: localstudies@sdublincoco.ie OR: schools@sdublincoco.ie

Culture Night 2013 at Tallaght Library

Culture Night 2013

The County Library, Tallaght will open late until 8:00 pm this Friday for Culture Night 2013. Come along and see literary and historical figures come to life!

The Irish History Live sessions for children aged 8+ will take place at 3:30 and 5:30. See Dublin’s tenements and the 1916 Rising brought to life!

All welcome!

Refreshments will be served.

Social Conditions in Dublin Prior to The Lockout, a talk by Catriona Crowe

Lockout Lecture poster

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!

History & Heritage 2013 at the County Library, Tallaght

The County Library, Tallaght is delighted to present a series of history and heritage events and exhibitions for 2013, beginning with the national Heritage Week in August and running until the end of September.

Templeogue Graveyard

Templeogue Graveyard


Saturday 17th August 11:00 am-1:00 pm Guided Walk of Historic Templeogue with local historian Tomás Maher. Meet at the Templeogue Inn (The Morgue) at 11 am.

Tuesday 20th August 7:00 pm Social Conditions in Dublin Prior to the Lockout. A talk by Catriona Crowe, Special Projects Director and Manager of the Irish Census Online Project at the National Archives of Ireland.

Thursday 22nd August 7:00 pm Did your Ancestor Fight at the Battle of the Boyne? Learn to explore military genealogy from this period of Irish History with a talk by staff from the Battle of the Boyne Centre.

Thursday 29th August 7:00 pm The History of Templeogue, Greenhills and Perrystown, a talk by local historian Tomás Maher. Please note that this event takes place in Greenhills Community Centre. 

Thursday 5th September 7:00 pm Poverty Paraded in the Streets, 1913: the mothers and children. Talk by Ann Matthews, historian, author of Renegades: Irish Republican Women, 1900-1922, and contributor to A Capital in Conflict: Dublin City and the 1913 Lockout.

Tuesday 10th September 7:00 pm Tallaght in Transition from Ancient to Modern. Tallaght Historical Society lecture with Chris Flood.

Friday 20th September Irish History Live will bring Dublin’s tenements and the 1916 Rising to life. Suitable for children aged 8+. Session 1 – 3:30 pm, session 2 – 5:30 pm.

Friday 20th September 6:00- 8:00 pm. Culture Night 2013 at the County Library.  Where Literary and Historical Figures Come to Life! Meet Jonathan Harker, as he reads from his journal, the frightful events that occurred in Count Dracula’s castle. Listen with delight as Oscar WIlde tells the story of The Selfish Giant. He will then introduce us to his latest play, The Importance of Being Earnest, where Lady Bracknell and Algenon are about to have afternoon tea. Visit Seán O’Casey’s tenement Dublin and gaze with wonder as Mrs. Gogan gossips about Nora Clitheroe’s antics. Be inspired by Big Jim Larkin’s speech from Dublin Castle, and Padraig Pearse’s graveside oration. For children, Irish History Live will bring the days of the Dublin tenements in 1913 to life. These wonderful snapshots of Irish literature and history will be supported by the music of Enda Reilly and Stephen James Smith. All welcome!

Saturday 5th October 10 am-1:00 pm. Genealogy Advice Clinic. Have you hit a brick wall with your family history research, or just don’t know where to begin? Book in for a 30 minute one-on-one advice clinic with our expert! Booking essential. Phone 01 4620073.

Jim Larkin


Thursday 1st – Friday 16th August. 100 Years of Croke Park

Monday 19th August – Friday 27th September. 1913 Lockout. Includes stunning photographs of Dublin’s tenement life from the collection of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland.

Monday 19th August – Friday 27th September. Postcard Views of South Dublin County. A photographic exhibition as part of The Gathering 2013.

All events are free, and all are welcome. The only event that requires booking is the Genealogy Clinic on 28th September. For queries, contact The County Library on 01 4620073 or talib@sdublincoco.ie. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter.

Ireland’s Revolutionary Period Digital Archive

Around this time last year, we in Local Studies embarked on a project to expand on our existing archive of 1916 Rising items hosted on our digital archive Source (http://source.southdublinlibraries.ie). Since then, many of you have been in contact offering us the opportunity to photograph and scan your precious heirlooms. Many thanks to all; we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to digitally acquire some literally priceless items. We would also like to acknowledge the generosity shown by the organisations and companies who have given freely of their time and their collections.

The archive has now been expanded to cover the whole Revolutionary Period of 1913 to 1922 and afterwards, including some interesting items pertaining to the 1936 and 1966 anniversaries. At the time of writing, 730 items have been collected, identified and catalogued, with much more to come.

Courtesy of the Capuchin Friars

Courtesy of the Capuchin Friars

Items we have acquired will be released to the public on the Source archive just before the upcoming anniversaries. The archive will be a “one stop shop” of original material, some previously unpublished, and will be invaluable to the student, the researcher and the curious amateur historian alike.

To give a flavour of the collection, some items from 1913 have already been published and are publicly available on the Source archive. These items include an Irish Independent poster announcing the arrest of Jim Larkin, a British proclamation prohibiting a “Seditious Assembly” in Sackville Street and an original copy of the “1913 Report into the Housing Conditions of the Working Classes in the City of Dublin” which contains graphic accounts (including photographs) of the brutal living conditions under which the working class citizens of Dublin lived, and which contributed in no small way to the social unrest of that year.

Pearse Memorium Card, courtesy of The Capuchin Friars

Pearse Memorium Card, courtesy of The Capuchin Friars

Regarding the rest of the collection, it would be impossible to list everything here, but highlights will include:

• Postcards and Postal Ephemera from 1916
• Previously unpublished photographs of Free State Army actions in Dublin against the “Irregulars”
• A series of “Then and Now” images based on original archive material superimposed onto modern views
• Photographs of the weapons used by the combatants from 1916 onwards
• Detailed close-ups of the medals issued to veterans of the period
• Contemporary Souvenir Photograph Albums showing many seldom-seen views of Dublin City and the destruction wrought
by both the British, and later, the Free State Army.
• A large collection of Anti-Free State propaganda pamphlets from the Civil War

Many thanks to those who answered our call, and if there is anyone out there with relevant items we are still keen to photograph or scan these. You can contact Dave Power on 01 4597834 or localstudies@sdublincoco.ie