A provincial coastal town, Wexford had a strong seafaring tradition, its quayside having established trade links with Britain and a railway that connected the town to Dublin. Besides having its […]

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20 January: Larkin arrives from Liverpool. End April: Police reports suggest that Larkin has recruited 2,978 dockers. 26 April: Sam Kelly dismisses union men on his coal quay. All strike. […]

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Murphy’s later years were mainly spent in combating partition and conscription. The redoubtable lord mayor of Dublin (1917–24) Laurence O’Neill, a supporter of Larkin, described Murphy as the outstanding personality […]

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William Martin Murphy was born near Castletownbere, Co. Cork, on 6 January 1845, the only child of Denis Murphy, building contractor, and his wife, Mary Anne Martin. The next year […]

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Since his release from Sing Sing, Big Jim had been thinking of a commercial deal with Moscow. A sinecure in a Soviet-backed cooperative in Dublin or a Soviet–Irish shipping line […]

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