Public meeting: The founding of the Irish Citizen Army (100th anniversary), Dublin, Sat, Nov 2

Saturday, November 2 at 5.00pm at the Cobblestone, Smithfield

Organised by the Stoneybatter & Smithfield People’s History Project

Speaker: Dr. Brian Hanley


The next public talk organised by the Stoneybatter & Smithfield People’s History Project takes place on Saturday 2nd November at 5.00pm in the Cobblestone pub, Smithfield and marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Irish Citizen Army.The Irish Citizen Army was founded in November 1913, almost two months after the commencement of the Lockout.

During the early weeks of the Lockout the Dublin Metropolitan Police brutally attacked workers on the streets of the capital and two workers died as a result of injuries inflicted by police. The ICA armed itself with hurls and batons and its primary role was to protect marches organized by the ITGWU from police attack.

Its membership was drawn primarily from trade union members living in Dublin’s inner city. It also included some notable historical and literary figures of the early twentieth century, including: James Connolly, Countess Markievicz, Helena Moloney, Rosie Hackett, Dr. Kathleen Lynn, Francis Sheehy Skeffington, Jack White, Michael Mallin and Seán Ó’Casey.

Following the ending of the Lockout, the ICA was re-organised and militarised, going on to play a central role in the 1916 Rising.

Our guest speaker is Dr. Brian Hanley. Brian has lectured extensively in modern Irish history in NUI Maynooth, Queens University Belfast and University College Dublin. He is the author of a number of books: The IRA 1926-1936; The IRA: A Documentary History, 1919-2005 and, with Scott Millar, The Lost Revolution: The Story of the Official Republican Movement and the Workers’ Party.

Posted on October 24, 2013, in 1913 lockout, British state repression (general), Commemorations, Constance Markievicz, Culture, Economy and workers' resistance, Free State in 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, General revolutionary history, Irish Citizen Army, James Connolly, Jim Larkin, Padraic Pearse, Partition, Political education and theory, Public events - Ireland, Republicanism post-1900, Social conditions, The road to the Easter Rising, Trade unions, Women in republican history. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Public meeting: The founding of the Irish Citizen Army (100th anniversary), Dublin, Sat, Nov 2.

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