Hidden histories: Revisiting the spirit of 1913


Conference event presented by UCD School of Politics & International Relations (SPIRe) Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS)

DATE: 3 October 2013

VENUE: The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

This event, titled ‘Hidden Histories: Revisiting the Spirit of 1913’, examined the different perspectives of social mobilisation at the turn of the century, focusing, but not solely, on 1913 and including topics such as the suffrage movement and urban/rural unrest. The keynote speaker was Joan Burton, TD, Minister for Social Protection.

Session One: Setting the Contex

Chair: Paul Gillespie

Myrtle Hill: What did Women Want? Female Activism in a Decade of Disruption

Paddy Smyth: The impossible Mr Larkin

John Cunningham: ‘The workers are getting an insolent manner of late’: Labour in the West, c 1913

Peter Collins: The Dublin Lockout – The View from the North

Session Two: Positions and Personas

Chair: Bronagh Hinds

Mary Muldowney: Lockout 1913: Public Events, Private Lives

Margaret Ward: Militant militants: Hanna and Frank Sheehy Skeffington and the Cause of Women and the Cause of Labour

Angelina Cox: Rosie Hackett: The Rediscovery of a Forgotten History

Felix Larkin: Hidden Lives of William Martin Murphy

Session Three: Reflections on Commemoration

Chair: John Coakley

Keynote Speaker: Joan Burton, TD – Minister for Social Protection

Padraig Yeates: Commemorating Whose Past – And for What?

Jack O’Connor: Reflections on the Contemporary Context

Theresa Moriarty: Fighting Forgetting


IBIS is grateful to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for the funding of this conference