Book launch: Locked Out: A Century of Irish Working-Class Life

Last week saw arrival of Locked Out: A Century of Irish Working-Class Life by Irish Academic Press to bookshops throughout the country. It’s an exciting collection of essays on labour edited by David Convery. In another post I’ll take briefly look at my chapter ‘”Real Irish Patriots would scorn to recognise the likes of you”: Larkin and Irish-America’, which focuses on the much ignored and maligned impact of Big Jim Larkin in the United States between 1914 and 1923 and the state of Irish-America at this time, but for now details of the two locations of the book launch.

The first will be in Dublin at 6pm on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at Connolly Hall (appropriately enough). The guest speaker will be Diarmaid Ferriter, a well-known voice in Irish history, so it’ll be interesting to see what his thoughts are on the collection.

The second launch will be in the real capital of Cork at 8pm Wednesday, September 25th, 2013  at Solidarity Books, and where I am sure the editor David Convery will be coaxed into saying a few words about the collection.

A new generation of emerging historians are responsible this collection and it would be great to see some encouragement for this book. I’m sure many of the authors of the various chapters will be in attendance, so come along and feel free to discuss with them their findings.

Locked Out: A Century of Irish Working-Class Life is available at all good bookstores and online retailers. Enjoy!




About Alan Noonan

Alan Noonan is currently a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress. He received his PhD in history from University College Cork, and has experience as a historical consultant and researcher. He has been awarded several fellowships including the Glucksman Government of Ireland Fellowship at New York University, a Mellon Fellowship at the Library Company in Philadelphia, and a fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution at the National Museum of American History.
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