Communism in Cold War Belfast, 1945–1962

Author: Patrick SmylieThis is the abstract of an article published in Labour History Review (2020), 85, (1), 59–83. Find out more. This article traces the history of communism in Belfast from 1945 to 1962. Beginning with an assessment of the local Communist Party’s strength and ambitions in the immediate post-war period, it examines rapid membership decline and deteriorating relations with the Northern Ireland Labour Party, suggesting … Continue reading Communism in Cold War Belfast, 1945–1962

Tom Millea on research into labour solidarity between Britain and Ireland in the Dublin lockout

As a result of the bursary awarded to me from the Society for the Study of Labour History, I was able to successfully conduct my research into the labour solidarity between Britain and Ireland during the Dublin Lockout of 1913. My research centred on the material on offer in the National Library of Ireland. For example, the William O’Brien Papers provided me with invaluable insight … Continue reading Tom Millea on research into labour solidarity between Britain and Ireland in the Dublin lockout

Emma Dewhirst (Liverpool) on the interaction between Irish republican organisations, 1912-1923

A number of Irish republican volunteer groups participated in the events that made up the Irish Revolution from 1912-1923, including the Easter Rising, War of Independence, and the Irish Civil War. My PhD thesis does not focus solely on one organisation but the myriad of organisations active during this period: the Irish Citizen Army (ICA), Na Fianna Éireann (Irish Nationalist Boy Scouts), Irish Volunteers, Cumann … Continue reading Emma Dewhirst (Liverpool) on the interaction between Irish republican organisations, 1912-1923

Mike Mecham visits Belfast to research Irish labour leader and social activist William Walker

Belfast born William Walker (1870-1918) is considered the most significant labour leader in Ireland in the early 20th century. As a young trade union activist, he established the first union of women linen workers (1893) and helped organise workers in other sectors. A joiner in shipbuilder’s Harland and Wolf, he became a full-time organiser for the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners (1901), delegate to … Continue reading Mike Mecham visits Belfast to research Irish labour leader and social activist William Walker