Irish Women Workers Union Commemorative Committee
Unveiling of plaque to commemorate the IWWU
International Women’s Day
Friday, March 8, at 5.30pm
To commemorate the founding of the Irish Women Workers’ Union more than 100 years ago and its role in the 1913 Lockout, a ceramic plaque will be unveiled by feminist historian Margaret MacCurtain and the union’s last serving General Secretary Padraigin Ni Mhurchu along with IWWU member Kay Marron at Liberty Hall this International Women’s Day (March 8th) at 5.30.
The plaque, which also recalls the union’s achievement, almost 70 years ago, of two weeks paid holidays for all Irish workers, was designed by sculptor Jackie McKenna.
A new poem, written for the occasion by Paula Meehan, will be read at the launch.
Also present at the event will be Jack O’Connor, President of SIPTU whose support has made this event possible and Therese Caherty, chair of the IWWU Commemorative Committee which was established in 2012 to celebrate the union’s work and achievements.
With thanks to the National Library, the Irish Times and the National Archive
Unveiling of IWWU plaque
March 8, 2013
Padraigín Ní Mhurchú
along with former members and officials of the union as well as members of the commemorative committee