25 Facts About James Larkin

1. James Larkin died in his sleep on 30th January, 1947.

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2. James Larkin now established a new union, the Workers' Union of Ireland.

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3. James Larkin was arrested and sentenced to seven months in prison.

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4. James Larkin now established his own left-wing newspaper, The Irish Worker.

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5. James Larkin now established his own union, the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union.

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6. James Larkin married Elizabeth Brown in 1903; the couple had four sons.

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7. At the outbreak of World War I, James Larkin staged large anti-war demonstrations in Dublin.

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8. James Larkin finished with 33 shifts for 26:07, most among Detroit's forwards and second only to Nick Jensen's 28:21.

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9. James Larkin died in his sleep, on 30 January 1947 in the Meath Hospital.

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10. James Larkin trumpeted, "It's time that Labour dealt with this English traitor.

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11. James Larkin launched a vicious attack on the Labour leader, Tom Johnson, who like Larkin, was Liverpool-born.

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12. In 1924 James Larkin attended the Comintern congress in Moscow and was elected to its executive committee.

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13. James Larkin became an enthusiastic supporter of the Soviet Union and was expelled from the Socialist Party of America in 1919 along with numerous other sympathisers of the Bolsheviks during the Red Scare of that year.

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14. James Larkin coined the slogan "A fair day's work for a fair day's pay".

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15. In early 1913, James Larkin achieved some successes in industrial disputes in Dublin and, notably, in the Sligo Dock strike; these involved frequent recourse to sympathetic strikes and blacking of goods.

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16. In June 1911, James Larkin established a newspaper, The Irish Worker and People's Advocate, as a pro-labour alternative to the capitalist-owned press.

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17. Early in the new year, 1909, James Larkin moved to Dublin, which became the main base of the ITGWU and the focus of all his future union activity in Ireland.

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18. In 1908, James Larkin moved south and organised workers in Dublin, Cork and Waterford, with considerable success.

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19. James Larkin campaigned against Chinese immigration, presenting it as a threat that would undercut workers, leading processions in 1906 in Liverpool with fifty dockers dressed as 'Chinamen', wearing faux-'pigtails' and wearing a powder to provide a 'yellow countenance'.

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20. James Larkin was elected to the strike committee, and although he lost his foreman's job as a result, his performance so impressed the National Union of Dock Labourers that he was appointed a temporary organiser.

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21. James Larkin was unemployed for a time and then worked as a sailor and docker.

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22. James Larkin was born on 21 January 1876 the second eldest son of Irish emigrants, James Larkin and Mary Ann McNulty, both from County Armagh.

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23. James Larkin was respected by some commentators during and after his lifetime, with George Bernard Shaw describing him as "the greatest Irishman since Parnell", and his friend and colleague in the labour movement James Connolly saying of him "We have amongst us a man of genius, of splendid vitality, great in his conceptions, magnificent in his courage".

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24. James Larkin moved to Belfast in 1907, but is perhaps best known for his role in the 1913 Dublin Lockout, "Big Jim" continues to occupy a position in Dublin's collective memory, and his legacy was cemented by the construction of a statue of him on O'Connell Street.

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25. James Larkin became a full-time trade union organiser in 1905.

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