Saturday 18 November 2017

1913 What was life in Ireland like 100 years ago?

Supplements Editor, John Spain

The year 1913 is remembered as the year of the lockout, the bitter battle between workers and employers.

But how much more do you know about the Ireland of 1913?

This supplement paints a picture of everyday life in Ireland in 1913.

What was it like for people who lived in the tenements in Dublin? How did the better-off live in the suburbs? In 1913 Ireland was a very unequal society.

For the poor, living conditions were appalling. But for many people in Ireland at the time, life was good. They were living well and they enjoyed being part of the British Empire.

In the tenements, most families had just one room. An outside tap and an outside toilet were shared. Records show that in 1911 one tenement house in Henrietta Street in Dublin was home to 104 people. Hunger and disease was part of everyday life.

These conditions eventually led to action by workers and to the lockout by employers.

This supplement has sections on Ireland's place in the British Empire, the affluent in Irish society, the poor in the tenements – and the traumatic events of the lockout.

Contributors include Gary Granville, Professor of Education in the National College of Art and Design, and social historian Padraig Yeates, author of 'Lockout', the standard work on the great 1913 labour dispute.

The supplement includes many rarely seen photographs showing everyday life at the time and the events of the Lockout. The accompanying wallchart with the Irish Independent tomorrow will encourage children to find where their families were in 1913, with a guide to filling in a family tree.

This supplement is the first in a series of Irish Independent supplements for schools on the revolutionary decade in Ireland which began in 1913.

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