Jim Larkin, The Industrial Hero

Ireland’s Industrial Era

Ireland wasn’t well known for its industrial capabilities. Much of its production stemmed from their agriculture, such as clothing.

They also had flour, linen, and cotton mills spread out across the country. However, in the mid 19th century, there was a famine that led to a decrease in the green country’s population. Read more: James Larkin | Biography and James Larkin – Wikipedia

Due to this famine, there was an opportunity for the industrial age to begin in Ireland. Factory Labor, mechanizing of factories, and steam power gave rise to this shift in production.

A major part of the industrialization was the providing of important utilities. These utilities consisted of water, sewage, gas, and electricity.

Enter Jim Larkin

Jim Larkin was a strong industrial laborer which we can relate to even in today’s work force. He was born in the last quarter of the 19th century in England and didn’t have much of an education while growing up.

Interestingly, that did not prove to be necessary for fulfilling his purpose in life. His character was noticeable not because of his charisma, but because of his sympathy for his fellow workers.

One of his famous quotes is, “A Fair Day’s Work for a Fair Day’s Pay”. He seemed to be the personification of the pains and dreams of the early 19th century industrial labor force. Learn more about James Larkin: http://spartacus-educational.com/IRElarkin.htm and http://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/jim-larkin-released-from-prison

The Worker’s Champ

What many laborers of the early 20th century described as heroic was the way that Jim Larkin spoke and the many acts of fairness that he performed. One of which was creating one of the first and largest Unions in Ireland.

The ITGWU. This, however, is but the beginning of a much more intricate and larger story…