Lockout & Legacy

Gary Granville
Dublin 1913

An examination of the events of 1913, the biggest labour dispute in Ireland’s history.

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176 pages
198x129 mm

The Dublin 1913 lockout is often viewed as the most severe and significant industrial dispute in Irish history, between approximately 20,000 workers and 300 employers. Central to the dispute was the workers' right to unionise. The book outlines the poverty and poor living conditions of Dubliners at the time, setting the scene for the lockout.

On August 26 1913, the trams of Dublin stopped. The Great Dublin Lockout began. Over the next four months, James Larkin led the workers of Dublin against William Martin Murphy and the Employers' Federation in a conflict that would change the face of Irish society.

Gary Granville is Professor of Education in the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He was formerly Assistant Chief Executive in the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). Originally a teacher in Dublin schools, he worked on innovative education projects in the Curriculum Development Unit in Dublin. His most recent publication is Art Education and Contemporary Culture: Irish Experiences, International Perspectives (Intellect, 2012).

offers readers a concise and lucid overview of the Lockout while intelligently placing the great dispute in its historical context


accessible and reader friendly


the perfect introduction for anybody wishing to learn about 1913


broader in sweep than Yeates’ book and therefore does not provide the same level of detail, but is, nevertheless, an excellent introduction

Liberty Magazine

a fine account

Sunday Business Post

a good complement to James Plunkett’s epic Strumpet City

Sunday Business Post

this succinct work is a fine starting point in an examination of the tumultuous time

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