A short history of Ireland - BBC Radio 7

Short accounts of Irish labour history from 1761 to 1913.

Hearts of Steel and Hearts of Oak

As rents on the land increased in northern Ireland, militant agrarian movements formed to protest them; the multi faith Hearts of Oaks and the protestant Hearts of Steel.

The land war

A century later, trouble spreads throughout Ireland with the introduction of the Irish Land Act.

The relief of Captain Boycott

A strike is called against a land agent as the crops are due to harvest and the community shuns him, coining the word 'boycott'. Fifty Orangemen travel to break it.

The great Dublin lockout

20,000 are on strike for 5 months in the bitterest workers' dispute in Irish history.