Postcard Dublin Riots Arrest of Jim Larkin
Larkin disguised himself with a fake moustache and beard to avoid recognition - it didn't work.
Here he is being led away from the Imperial Hotel after his arrest on Sackville Street, 31st August 1913. It was this event that sparked the now infamous riot and baton charge. 1913 Lockout was the culmination of months of disagreements between William Martin Murphy, who owned the Irish Independent and controlled the Dublin Tramways Company, and the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union (ITGWU).
On 15 August 1913, Murphy told his workers they had the choice of the union or a job. Any worker who didn’t sign a pledge to disown the union were “locked out”.
On the 26th August 1913, tram drivers and conductors left their vehicles on Dublin’s main thoroughfare, O’Connell Street, in a sequence of events that eventually led to the Dublin Lockout, a seminal moment in Irish history.
James (Jim) Larkin’s arrest was one of the standout scenes of the Lockout. Larkin was highly involved in representing the workers during the Lockout.
On 31 August, Larkin snuck into the Imperial Hotel, owned by Murphy, and addressed the crowd for a few minutes, before being arrested for “incitement to crime”.
He was released on bail in September. He was sentenced two months later, on 27 October, to seven months in prison. He was released early from Mountjoy Prison on 13 November.
This postcard is dated 29th September 1913
Sent from grandfather to his sister.