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Launch of the bumper 1916 Easter Rising edition of Saothar
Sat 5 November 2016, 19:00 – 22:00 GMT
Speakers: Jack McGinley, President of the Irish Labour History Society, Francis Devine, Irish labour historian
To mark the Easter Rising centenary and 100 years of labour struggle, the Irish Labour History Society has commissioned a bumper 1916 edition of its journal Saothar 41, which covers a range of themes relating to labour's place in the Rising, including the role of women; the legacy and contested ownership of the Rising; gender and class; memory and commemoration; the ICA; the Workers' Republic; the Scottish dimension; and the response of international radicals to the events of 1916.
Discounted copies of the journal will be available to purchase on the night.
Following the launch, there will be a plaque unveiling in the STUC building for James Fearon, 'The Third James', in recognition of his role, with Jim Larkin and James Connolly, as one of the key founding members of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union, and involvement in the Scottish labour movement. Fearon also acted as a purchasing agent in Glasgow for the Irish Citizen Army.
The plaque unveiling will be followed by the musical duo Jimmy Ross and Finlay Allison who will relate the heroic story of James Connolly and the Easter Rising, in an outsanding multimedia presentation using songs, spoken word and images.
The event is free, but registration is required on www.eventbrite.co.uk
There will be book and solidarity stalls.