Thursday 29 August 2013

1913 Dublin Lockout Commemorations this Saturday

The 1913 Dublin Lockout Centenary is to be commemorated this Saturday in O'Connell Street.

President Michael D Higgins will lead the State Commemoration at 12:30pm with a wreath-laying ceremony at Jim Larkin's statue. There will be musical performances, readings from Strumpet City, and drama, including an excerpt from Living the Lockout and a scene from the Risen People. Big Jim will put in an appearance, too, addressing the crowds from a 1913-era tram!

Immediately after the official Lockout commemoration, there will be a re-enactment of the events of Bloody Sunday – 31 August 1913 – when police beat the proverbial out of the striking workers (more than 300 were injured) who'd gathered to witness a disguised Larkin speak from the Imperial Hotel balcony (now Clerys). This re-enactment is not part of the State Commemmoration; it has been organised by the North Inner City Heritage Group with Dublin Council of Trade Unions (details).

Saturday will also be the last opportunity to attend the Dublin Tenement Experience/Living the Lockout at Henrietta Street. I was lucky enough to get tickets for a performance last week and found it very powerful and moving. So have loads of other people, which is why advance tickets sold out awhile back (a few are held each day for sale on a first come first served basis, but the first served are usually queueing very early on the morning!). If you don't get to see it before it finishes, you might like to follow the organiser's facebook page as there's a chance, so I was advised at Henrietta Street, of the Dublin Tenement Experience becoming a permanent fixture on the events calendar.