The Great Dublin Lockout and the ICA: éirígí event, Dublin, Sat, Sept 7

indexJust ten days to go until Sat Sept 7 and what promises to be a great day. Come along and spread the word far and wide.
Further details have been revealed of the éirígí programme of events that will take place on Saturday, September 7 to mark the 100thanniversary of the 1913 Lockout and the foundation of the Irish Citizen Army. The day of commemoration and celebration will include four separate elements, beginning with a walking tour of the key sites of the Great Lockout including the James Larkin statue, Liberty Hall, Pearse Street Garda barracks and City Hall. Such was the demand for places on the tour that it, unfortunately, became fully booked out by mid-August.

imagesThe walking tour will be followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the James Connolly statue beside Liberty Hall at 4.30pm. This event will see a reading of an extract of Connolly’s writings before a wreath will be laid by a ‘Volunteer’ in full Irish Citizen Army uniform. Music and a minutes silence will then bring proceedings to a close.

At 5.30pm the main event of the day will take place with a public talk in O’Connell Street’s Gresham Hotel. The two main speakers will be author, historian and University of Limerick lecturer Dr Ruán O Donnell and Cathaoirleach éirígí Brian Leeson. In what promises to be a very fitting and interesting talk the two speakers will focus on both the key events of Ireland’s greatest industrial dispute and its’ legacy in the Ireland of the twentieth and twenty-first century.

The Gresham Hotel event will also include a musically accompanied slide show of images from the 1913 period. And all members of the audience will receive a small gift pack as a reminder of the event. This gift pack will include copies of a number of relevant historical documents as well as the commemorative stickers that éirígí has produced to mark the Lockout.

Following on from the talk, and on the other side of the Liffey, the day will be brought to a close with a cover-charge free social night in Doyles pub on College Green. With ‘The Twangmen’ bringing the music, it will be up to everyone else to bring the craic.

All welcome at all of the events. Bígí linn and remember and celebrate the people and the spirit of the 1913 Lockout and the Irish Citizen Army.

Speaking from Dublin in relation to the September 7 events Brian Leeson said, “The 1913 Lockout must rank amongst the most important events of modern Irish history. It was a huge industrial dispute involving tens of thousands of workers and their families. Entire working class communities endured unimaginable suffering in their battle against the ruling class of the day.

“The spirit of resistance that carried those communities through such adversity continued beyond the Lockout. It was at the very heart of the Irish Citizen Army, an organisation which asserted in arms the right of the Irish people to not only political but also economic freedom. The experiences of the population of this city in 1913 played a huge part in creating the conditions that led to the 1916 Rising, the establishment of Dáil Eireann and the Tan War that followed.

“e in éirígí hope that the events we are organising on September 7 will play a fitting part in remembering those who paid such a high price in 1913. People whose bravery and determination in the face of such overwhelming odds serves as an example to this day. I would encourage people to come along and join with us in marking this most important of anniversaries.”

Saturday, September 7, 2013, Dublin.

Walking Tour – Booked out.

Wreath Laying – James Connolly Statue – 4.30pm

Public Talk – Gresham Hotel – 5.30pm

Social – Doyles Pub – 9pm

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