Date Released: 17 December 2014
At 1.00 p.m. on Thursday 18th December, the Young Worker’s Network and the SIPTU Dublin District Council will hold a commemoration to mark the 101st anniversary of the day striker ,Alicia Brady, was struck by a bullet during the 1913 Lockout.
SIPTU Campaigns and Equality Organiser, Ethel Buckley, will place a wreath at the place where Alicia was injured (St. Mark’s Church, Pearse Street). Historian Pádraig Yeates will also speak. At 1:10 p.m., the proceedings will continue in the Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street. Members of Alicia’s family will attend while other contributors will include the artist, Robert Ballagh, and the historian Dr. Brian Hanley.
Young Workers Network activist, Cat Finn, who is hosting the event said:
“It seems to me that there can be no better icon, no better symbol for the Young Workers Network than Alicia Brady, who at the age of 16, was herself a young worker. One who suffered the gravest consequences of the Lockout of 1913 when she lost her life. We would love to see, in the future, a more permanent memorial in place for Alicia and we plan to work towards this in 2015.”
Alicia was a 16 year old worker in Jacob’s Biscuits factory who was locked out with over 300 other women, members of the Irish Women Workers Union and over 600 men, members of the Irish Transport and General Workers Union because of their stand in support of striking workers in William Martin Murphy’s Dublin United Tramway Company. Both organisations are now part of SIPTU.
Alicia Brady was on her way home from the Manchester Shed on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay on 18th December, 1913, with a consignment of food for her family when she was hit by a ricochet from a revolver fired by a strike breaker, or ‘scab’, on Mark Street. She was struck in the hand, contracted tetanus and died on 1st January, 1914.