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Crime, Violence and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century$
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Kyle Hughes and Donald MacRaild

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786940650

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781786940650.001.0001

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date: 21 November 2018

Organised Labour in Limerick City, 1819–1821: Violence and the Struggle for Legitimacy

Organised Labour in Limerick City, 1819–1821: Violence and the Struggle for Legitimacy

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(p.67) 4 Organised Labour in Limerick City, 1819–1821: Violence and the Struggle for Legitimacy
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Crime, Violence and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century
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John McGrath

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781786940650.003.0005

This chapter is concerned with labour struggles in Limerick and a blend of guild language, trade union activity and modes of violence in the shape of the united trades. It describes how the eighteenth-century protestant labour guilds had given way in the nineteenth century to organisations that called themselves guilds till the 1890s, but were now overwhelmingly Catholic. The chapter challenges lazy assumptions about the linear transfer from guild to union modes of activity.

Keywords:   Limerick, Trade unionism, Labour violence, Guilds, Apprentices

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