East Wall history group talk on “The Molly Maguires” at 8.00 p.m. Wednesday, 3rd July
Leading up to the Lockout anniversary, beginning in August, the East Wall History Group is hosting a series of talks entitled “On the road to the lockout”.
The latest talk will be delivered by New York based writer John Kearns, who has published research and written a play on the Molly Maguires, and is taking place in the Sean O’Casey Community Centre in East Wall, on Wednesday 3rd July at 8.00 p.m.
“The Molly Maguires” were a 19th century secret society amongst Irish born workers in the Pennsylvania coal mines. Their organisation and tactics were believed to be based on groups that had existed in Ireland during Land War agitation. The mine owners were determined to wipe out any labour militancy and particularly targeted those branded as “Mollies”, accusing them of murder, sabotage and robberies.
In June 1877 ten “Mollies” were executed at two locations in Pennsylvania, with a total of twenty executed up to the end of 1879.
The event will feature an ITGWU trade union banner which honours the memory of the Mollie Maguires. All are welcome to this free event.
For further information contact:
Sarah Lundberg on 089 424 0261