Tonight saw the second talk in the Irish Labour History Society’s Autumn lecture series. It was given by David Lynch, journalist and historian, and author of Radical Politics in Modern Ireland: The History of the Irish Socialist Republican Party 1896-1904, and Divided Paradise: An Irishman in the Holy Land.
On Saturday week (31 October 2009), Liberty Hall will be the venue for a one-day seminar to commemorate the centenary of the foundation of the ITGWU. It will run from 10am to 5pm, with an overview of the union’s history by Padraig Yeates, followed by contributions from Manus O’Riordan, Rayner Lysaght, Emmet O’Connor, and Brendan Byrne. Other speakers include Theresa Moriarty, Mags O’Brien, Mary Clancy, Barry Desmond, Niamh Puirséil, John Dwan, Brendan O’Neill, George Hunter, Denis Carr, Jimmy Cullen, and Diarmaid Ferriter.
I wasn’t able to record all of David’s talk, as the bloody battery in my recorder went flat. However, I did get around 42 minutes, which was most of the lecture, so I’ve embedded what I got.
The talk deals not only with the Socialist Party of Ireland, but also the ISRP and Connolly’s time in America.