Wicklow's Riotous Assemblies 1924
Wicklow Historical Society
Next lecture: Tuesday 25 November 2014, St. Patrick’s NationalSchool, WicklowTown, 8.00 pm.
Wicklow’s Riotous Assemblies 1924
Wicklow Town witnessed some of the most violent confrontations between Larkinites and anti-Larkinites following the split in the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union and the setting up of the Workers’ Union of Ireland in 1924. Towards the end of that year the serious nature of the confrontations resulted in police reinforcements being drafted into the town. The events of that year are now largely forgotten, but at the time they placed Wicklow centre-stage in the bitter dispute that was tearing apart the Irish labour movement. These were significant local and national events, initiated and engaged in by local people, one of whom, John Conroy, would go on to become a figure of national prominence who played a leading part, along with James Larkin Junior, in reuniting Irish labour in the late 1950s. Set in the context of the time, what led to and what followed these events at local level over the period 1917 t0 1930, merit recall and deserve to be recorded.
They will be recalled at the next meeting of the Wicklow Historical Society on Tuesday 25 November in St. Patrick’s NationalSchool, WicklowTown, beginning at 8.00pm
Charles Callan is a retired public servant and is one of Ireland’s foremost labour historians. He has published on Robert Tressell, Author of the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and has also published an acclaimed history of the Irish National Painters’ and Decorators’ Trade Union. His most recent publication (September 2014) is … and we got it for everybody’ .… the Strike for the 40-Hour, 5-Day Week, 1964. He has been a leading member of the Irish Labour History Society since 1976 and served as Secretary of the Irish Labour History Society from 1988 to 2001.