Fascinating insights into the Dublin of 1913

A Capital in Conflict: Dublin City and The 1913 Lockout. Edited by Francis Devine Dublin City Council, €25.15.

13th April, 2013
James Larkin, leader of the Dublin strikers, being arrested outside the Imperial Hotel in 1913. Photo: CORBIS


On Sunday, August 31, 1913, a man with a false beard, disguised as a clergyman and wearing the frock coat of Count Markievicz, stepped onto a balcony of the William Martin Murphy-owned Imperial Hotel on O'Connell Street to shout to the crowd below, "I'm Larkin". His presence resulted in the mayhem of a police baton charge that shocked British public opinion and left Dublin bitterly divided in a war of words and wills between that...

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