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    Interesting article by Christopher Lee here on an episode from the 1913 lockout.

    'Shot down like a dog' The Finglas Riot of 1913 | The Irish Story

    In North county Dublin, then all rural, the lockout affected a swathe of farming communities from Finglas to Swords. The ITGWU had organised a successful strike earlier in the year, raising the low wages of the agricultural workers there. The farmers (including IPP stalwarts the Kettle family) took the opportunity of the lockout to dismiss any worker who belonged the the ITGWU.

    The article concerns a riot in Finglas village where a crowd a attempted to attack a 'scab' in a local pub and was fired on by the police. A 17 year old boy was shot in the back and badly injured. The police were cleared of all wrong-doing.

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    They proudly recreate this historical event in parts of finglas every Halloween!

    Joking aside. Never knew about this. Very interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firefly123 View Post
    They proudly recreate this historical event in parts of finglas every Halloween!

    Joking aside. Never knew about this. Very interesting.
    Finglas is a very different place since the massive housing construction there since the 1960s of course.

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    Interesting piece. One of those charged after the incident was a brother of Dick McKee, later OC of the Dublin Brigade IRA who was tortured and killed on the night of Bloody Sunday in the Castle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnD66 View Post
    Finglas is a very different place since the massive housing construction there since the 1960s of course.
    I taught there for a year in the early-mid 2000s.
    Some parts are very, very poor and near chaos IMO.
    Cops barely patrol areas near Dunsink lane and Cappagh hospital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prester Jim View Post
    I taught there for a year in the early-mid 2000s.
    Some parts are very, very poor and near chaos IMO.
    Cops barely patrol areas near Dunsink lane and Cappagh hospital.
    That's my impression whenever I've ventured up there alright.

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    Red sky at night....
    finglas is on fire....again
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    It's not as bad as some make out. Was on verge of disintegration in the late 90s through massive anti-social behaviour, joy-riding, drugs and regular riots. Was turned around after that but one of more likely places to be badly afflicted by the downturn.

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    Some more labour history related articles here for those interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnD66 View Post
    Interesting article by Christopher Lee here on an episode from the 1913 lockout.

    'Shot down like a dog' The Finglas Riot of 1913 | The Irish Story

    In North county Dublin, then all rural, the lockout affected a swathe of farming communities from Finglas to Swords. The ITGWU had organised a successful strike earlier in the year, raising the low wages of the agricultural workers there. The farmers (including IPP stalwarts the Kettle family) took the opportunity of the lockout to dismiss any worker who belonged the the ITGWU.

    The article concerns a riot in Finglas village where a crowd a attempted to attack a 'scab' in a local pub and was fired on by the police. A 17 year old boy was shot in the back and badly injured. The police were cleared of all wrong-doing.
    Thanks John, I never knew that. I'm amazed my father and mother never mentioned it as they were from the old Finglas.

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