2013 Festival

Duel Personalities

Published: August 14, 2019 by source

James Larkin, William Martin Murphy and the 1913 Lockout.

With Historian Padraig Yeates & Actors Bryan Murray, Barry McGovern The 1913 Lockout convulsed the city of Dublin for several months and was by any reckoning the most significant industrial dispute in Irish history. But the clash was not only between 20,000 workers and 300 employers, it was also a battle between two extraordinary men, William Martin Murphy for the employers and James Larkin for the ITGWU. For Murphy, James Larkin was a dangerous revolutionary hell-bent on destroying his business. For Larkin, Murphy was a class enemy determined to prevent the unionisation of the workforce, thus perpetuating the grinding poverty of the Dublin slums. The antagonism between these men is captured in some of the memorable speeches they gave in 1913 and this event dramatises them with a leading Lockout historian and two of Ireland’s best-known actors.

Recorded at Dublin Castle, Printworks venue on 28th September 2013.