Lockout—Shaw, Connolly, Synge, and the Red Guard—ICA

Nelson O'Ceallaigh Ritschel

in Shaw, Synge, Connolly, and Socialist Provocation

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036519
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038827 | DOI:
Lockout—Shaw, Connolly, Synge, and the Red Guard—ICA

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Shaw, the now deceased Synge, and Connolly were united by their common opponents as events brought Shaw and Connolly together in a London rally for Dublin labor and the release of the imprisoned Irish trade union leader James Larkin. While both Connolly and Shaw delivered remarkable speeches, Shaw called for the arming of Dublin labor in order to stop the police brutality aimed at locked-out workers. Two weeks later, Connolly called for the formation of the Irish Citizen Army (ICA), which began training with words from its drill instructor on Shaw. As the ICA was forming, a bourgeois nationalist, Padraic Pearse, began to reconsider Synge, seeing him as a lost voice for Irish labor during the Lockout. Furthermore, when Dublin labor leaders Larkin and Connolly called on British labor to strike in sympathy with Dublin labor, British labor refused, leaving Dublin labor in defeat.

Keywords: Shaw; Synge; Connolly; Dublin labor; Irish Citizen Army

Chapter.  14981 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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