One hundred years ago, a ship left the Pomona Docks in Manchester bound for Dublin.
The ship was carrying food for families during the great struggle of the Dublin Lock Out in 1913. The S.S Hare was in its own labour dispute at the time but the TUC convinced the men working on the S.S. Hare sail in solidarity with the Dubliners.
The food ship left Salford and a crowed greeted it on the banks of the Liffy.
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On 27 September 1913, the S.S Hare arrived in Dublin from Salford, loaded with food and supplies intended to assist the families of those locked-out by William Martin Murphy and other Dublin employers.
The food ship provided desperately needed relief to many Dublin families, and the “60,000 packages of butter, sugar, jam, potatoes, fish and biscuits” were very welcome assistance. As Joseph O’Brien noted in the classic Dear,Dirty Dublin, this ship would be “the first of a dozen or so such T.U.C [Trade Union Congress] sponsored operations over the next four months.”
Dublin was a city of intense poverty even prior to the Lockout, as the precarious jobs situation ensured that for many families labour was often casual and irregular, thus creating uncertainty for families with regards income. Johnston Birchall, in his history of the Co-op movement in Britain, states rightly that Dublin was a city “that was already…
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