Call Number: PR6066.L84 S7 2007 v. 1-3 In English
Based on the Dublin Lockout of 1913, one of Ireland's most famous and devastating labor uprisings. The film follows the uprising and its labor leader Jim Larkin. Disc 1. Episode 1: Edward VII's visit distracts working-class Dubliners from their crowded tenements and lack of unemployment, allowing for Mary, a domestic servant in Kingstown, to sneak away and spend time with her lover, foundry-worker Jimmy "Fitz" Fitzpatrick. Episode 2: Father O'Connor, newly arrived at the Dublin parish, is greeted coldly by parish head Father Giffley, who accuses the younger priest of pious condescension. In the meantime Mary and Fitz are married and take a room in the crowded Chandler's Court, but Jim Larkin stirs up the city against their working and living conditions. Episode 3: Larkin urges the men and women of Dublin to lay down their tools to improve conditions for all workers. When Larkin is accused of misusing strike funds, the men he supposedly defrauded collect money for his defense. Disc 4. Episode 4: Father O'Connor refuses to distribute food to strikers' families, on account that only the "deserving" poor should be fed. Episode 5: For a brief time the foundry workers are back to work. Father O'Connor continues to side with the upper-class while ministering to the poor, and Fitz is promoted to foreman. Disc 3. Episode 6: Larkin sneaks back into Dublin to urge worker solidarity. Workers who refuse to denounce the union are locked our and sought after by the police. Fitz refuses to side with the management at the foundry and he loses his job. Episode 7: A plan to send the starving children of union members to be cared for in England is foiled by Father O'Connor, who fears that saving their lives will cost them their souls. Fitz becomes an enforcer for the union and suffers the wrath of the police, even after the lockout ends.