Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Ancestral connections to the 1913 Dublin Lockout?

Jim Larkin statue. O'Connell St
A new TV documentary is looking for participants whose ancestors were involved in the Dublin Lockout of 1913.

The programme is being produced by the same team that successfully created My Civil War, which screened last autumn, and the new programme will follow a similar template.

Blending history and genealogy, the programme will follow two or three members of the public who believe they have a connection to the Lockout as they search the archives and retrace their ancestor's steps.

RTÉ Researcher Rhenda Sheedy explained: "We're looking for people who want to discover the truth behind their family story. Perhaps their ancestor was engaged in some pivotal event of the Lock Out; or perhaps they were one of the many caught up in the dispute in some low-profile role. We're particularly interested in contacting the descendents of those who worked at the Jacobs Biscuit Factory and went on strike during the Lockout."

If you fit the bill and would like to research your ancestor further, please contact Rhenda at: +353 1 208 2944 or email her at with “1913 Lock Out” in the Subject line.