Trades Union Congress London, East & South East Race Relations Committee (RRC) support: IRISH HISTORY EVENTS 2018
• Walking Tour of Irish and Jewish Communities in East London
Sunday 11 March 2018, 11.45am
This walk will look at the different and vibrant immigrant communities in East London from
the Irish community of the 17th century to the Jewish community in 1870’s. Visiting Brick
Lane, which was the home of the French Huguenot community (Refugees) in London from
the 1680’s, then the Jewish Community fleeing pogroms in Poland and Russia, and more
recently the Bangladeshi and Somalian communities. Then on to Commercial Road, and the
history of women and men who worked and lived in the streets in that area. We will walk
through to Cable Street and the site of the famous anti-fascist resistance in East London
between Jewish, Irish and progressive forces against Police and the Mosley's British Union of
Fascists. We will be exploring how this developed and how different communities joined in
the fight against Fascism in the 1930’s up to the present day.
This event is FREE (voluntary donations at event close)
Please register: firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 7467 1220
• Trade Union presence on the St. Patrick's Day Parade in London
Sunday 18 March 2018, 11.30am
TUC London, East and South East representatives will be marching in London on the
St. Patrick's Day Parade. Trade Union participation is in dedication to all the Irish Workers of
the last few centuries which made Britain the most industrialised nation in the world.
Through their mass concentration of cheap labour, British industry boomed through the high
level of production in the factories, construction and transport. Irish women were als,
formidable through their work in the street markets, the cotton industry and nursing. As a
result, the Trade Unions membership rapidly increased and this year, it will be 130 years
since the Match Girls Strike! Teenage girls of Irish heritage had the most successful strike in
British history. After withdrawing their labour for three days, all their demands were met for
better pay and conditions. The contribution of Irish workers in Britain must never be
• London Memorial to the Irish Famine (An Gorta Mor)
Sunday 13 May 2018, 1-2pm (outside TUC Congress House)
Sunday 13 May 2017 marked 170 years since the systematic number of deaths became
more advanced during "An Gorta Mor" (Great Hunger) in Ireland.
There will be a commemoration outside TUC Congress at 1 pm with guest speakers. This area
in the Parish of St. Giles was the first recorded "Little Ireland" in London from the end of the
eighteenth century and throughout the nineteenth century. It was populated with Irish
workers living in poverty and squalor. Many Irish people fled the Famine to this part of
London and soon died of starvation as well as typhus. The failure of the potato crop began in
1845 and impacted heavily on the Irish population, as other crops had to be purchased for
survival at a very high price or forfeited to their landlords. Hence, the starvation took effect in
1846. During the following year, it was the beginning of more than a million deaths as Britain
refused to supply grain to the starving Irish population. By 1848 was the year of revolutions
throughout Europe, 170 years ago, the deaths of Irish people were in a very advanced stage
and there was an even an attempt at rebellion in Ireland. It is important that we
commemorate "An Gorta Mor" (The Great Hunger) in London.
• LESE RRC Irish History Event
Thursday 17 May 2018, 6.30pm, TUC Congress House
Guest Speaker: Mary Doolin, PCS, Senior Full-Time Officer, will be speaking on the history
of Irish women in the British Trade Union movement. This year it will be 100 years since our
first woman MP following the success of the Suffragettes, who achieved the Votes for
It is also 130 years since the "Match Girls Strike" as teenage girls of Irish heritage achieved all
their demands since they withdrew their labour for three weeks in 1888.
Please register: email@example.com / 020 7467 1220
• Please note that this list is not exhaustive and if an event is not mentioned
specifically it should not be inferred that LESE does not support it
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