Date Released: 04 October 2013
A reenactment of the arrival of the SS Hare that carried food supplies from Britain for workers’ families during the 1913 Lockout is taking place on City Quay on Saturday (5th October) at 12.40 p.m.
Docking in Dublin is the reconstituted SS Hare which set sail from Liverpool on Friday (4th October). A number of events will coincide and follow the SS Hare docking in Dublin, including speeches by SIPTU General Secretary, Joe O’Flynn, ICTU President, John Douglas and UNITE General Secretary Len McCluskey.
There will also be a quayside welcoming party consisting of community and trade union activists dressed in period custom.
The original S.S Hare arrived in Dublin from Salford, loaded with food and supplies intended to assist the families of those locked-out by William Martin Murphy and other Dublin employers.
The food ship provided desperately needed relief to many Dublin families, and the “60,000 packages of butter, sugar, jam, potatoes, fish and biscuits” were very welcome assistance. As Joseph O’Brien noted in the classic Dear, Dirty Dublin, this ship would be “the first of a dozen or so such T.U.C [Trade Union Congress] sponsored operations over the next four months.”