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Monday 21 August 2017

President to be guest at play celebrating Lockout centenary

President Michael D Higgins will be the guest of honour at a community play celebrating 100 years since the 1913 Lockout.

A re-run of James Plunkett's iconic play, The Risen People, which inspired his novel Strumpet City, opens in the Sean O' Casey Theatre tonight. The East Wall-based theatre is showcasing the production to celebrate the centenary of the 1913 Lockout.

Taking the reigns as director is none other than Sheila Sheridan, the wife of acclaimed director and playwright Peter Sheridan. The Risen People depicts the struggle of ordinary Dubliners during the Lockout.

The aim of the centenary celebrations is to remember the time when Jim Larkin strove to protect the rights of workers by organising them into a trade union. The refusal of the Employers' Federation to recognise the union was the spark that ignited the conflict.

The Risen People runs in Dublin for 10 nights and the President will attend the closing night on Saturday, August 31.

August 31 is a particularly poignant date for the celebrations as it marks the 100th anniversary of the attack by the Dublin Metropolitan Police on a rally of workers in Sackville Street, now known as O'Connell Street. Hundreds were injured and two strikers were killed.

East Wall Peg is a local drama group and has been up and running for 20 years.

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