This exhibition has been arranged by the Library Services of Dublin Institute of Technology, to remember the connection that exists between Jacob’s factory, an important strategic position for the rebels in the 1916 Easter Rising, and DIT Aungier Street which now occupies part of the footprint that was the factory. Our exhibition tells the story of workers and rebels so we begin with the 1913 Lockout which was the first major social unrest to take place in Dublin city in the 20th century. The exhibition has been inspired by some verses of “The Ballad of James Larkin” by Donagh McDonagh:
In the month of August, the boss man told us
No union man for him could work.
We stood by Larkin and told the boss man
We’d fight or die, but we wouldn’t shirk.
Eight months we fought and eight months we starved,
We stood by Larkin though thick and thin.
But foodless homes and the crying of children,
They broke our hearts; we just couldn’t win.
Then Larkin left us – we seemed defeated,
The night was black for the working man.
But on came Connolly with new hope and counsel,
His motto was that we’d rise again.
In 1916 in Dublin city,
The English soldiers, they burnt our town.
They shelled the buildings and shot our leaders;
The harp was buried ‘neath the bloody crown.
They shot McDermott and Pearse and Plunkett,
They shot McDonagh and Clarke the brave,
From bleak Kilmainham they took their bodies,
To Arbour Hill, to a quicklime grave.
But last of all the seven heroes,
I’ll sing the praise of James Connolly
The voice of justice, the voice of freedom,
Who gave his life, that men might be free.