It’s a hundred years since the most famous labour dispute in Irish history when James Larkin led 20,000 Dublin workers in a struggle against their employers, resulting in a lockout lasting 5 turbulent months.
Charismatic and headstrong, Larkin had cut his teeth in Belfast and Derry several years before when he led a Dockers’ strike, succeeding briefly in uniting Protestants and Catholics in a common cause, with 100,000 people following him in procession around East Belfast, the Falls and Shankill Roads.
Played out against a backdrop of the arming of thousands of Unionists in the North against the imminent Home Rule Bill and the looming shadow of a world war, the Dublin Lockout of 1913 was a human drama of epic proportions.
Jane Cassidy and Maurice Leyden tell the story of the 1913 Dublin Lockout and the Belfast Dockers’ Strike which preceded it through words and music, using the songs and ballads of the day to tap into the passions and struggles of the men, women and children of the slums as they embarked on a David and Goliath struggle with their employers. Jane and Maurice are well known singers and broadcasters with an impressive track record in inter-weaving history and folk-song in a way which illumines both. Their most famous show told the story of the 1798 heroine Mary Ann McCracken.
They will be joined on keyboard by Anna Leyden on keyboards, Nollaig Casey on fiddle and well-known Dublin traditional singer Barry Gleeson.
Sandinos: Thursday 19th September 2013
9.15 p.m. Admission FREE