A fresh look for Irish labour history

Dr Mike Mecham introduces the new-look website of the Irish Labour History Society The Irish Labour History Society has rebuilt and relaunched its website, offering free access to biographies and articles on labour history, information on labour history resources, and a collection of book reviews published by the society’s journal Saothar in 2021. The website consists of seven categories: Society: information about the society, membership, … Continue reading A fresh look for Irish labour history

An Ownerless Corner of Earth: songs to lift the spirits

Mike Mecham introduces a double CD of songs by Francis Devine, a published Irish labour historian, poet, singer and songwriter from Howth, County Dublin. A former President, and now Honorary President, of the Irish Labour History Society and editor of its journal Saothar, Francis Devine remains actively involved in the labour movement An Ownerless Corner of Earth is the second offering from Howth based singer Francis Devine. His first … Continue reading An Ownerless Corner of Earth: songs to lift the spirits

Conference: working-class studies in Ireland

Ireland’s first working-class studies conference is to take place from 8-12 November. The first three days will be online via Zoom, followed by two face-to-face days at Liberty Hall, Dublin. The event includes 30 panels, two keynote Speakers and two live performance evenings. The Organising Committee is made up of working-class and feminist scholars currently researching and teaching in Ireland and overseas. The keynote speakers … Continue reading Conference: working-class studies in Ireland

Labour History in Ireland’s ‘Decade of Centenaries’

This paper examines the thinking behind the Decade of Centenaries, the state of the Irish Labour History Society and Irish labour historiography, the involvement of state authorities with labour anniversaries, and the consequences for publications on labour and on the public understanding of labour historiography. Continue reading Labour History in Ireland’s ‘Decade of Centenaries’