Bitter battle of the 1913 Lockout comes to life in graphic re-enactment
IT IS a graphic re-enactment of how life was lived in the poverty-stricken tenements of Dublin during the infamous 1913 Lockout.
A house, in Dublin's Henrietta Street in the north inner city, is one of the centrepieces of the commemoration ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of the bitter battle between Jim Larkin and the city's main employers.
Number 14 – widely regarded as a typical tenement dwelling of the time – will be open to the public from July 4 for two months.
Scenes of tenement living in the house will be dramatised by a number of actors, providing the public with a real-time experience of how life was lived by thousands of Dubliners as Larkin staged his general strike.
The house dates back to 1748 when it was very much an example of aristocratic living in the city.
But by 1913, it was a rundown tenement dwelling into which about 100 people – 17 families according to the 1911 Census – were crammed.
At the turn of the last century Dublin was widely regarded as having some of the worst slums in Europe.
In 1913, one-third of Dublin's population lived in slums such as Henrietta Street with an estimated 30,000 families huddled into 15,000 tenements.
Infant mortality rates were alarmingly high while diseases such as tuberculosis were rampant.
It's the first in a series of activities to mark the lockout centenary and is also part of Ireland's Decade of Commemorations.
The project is a joint initiative of Dublin City Council, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Irish Heritage Trust.