Labour, Gender and Class in the Struggle for Irish Independence, c. 1918-24

NUI Galway, 7th – 9th November 2019

Free public conference co-organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class (NUI Galway) with the support of An Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta

Over the two-and-a-half days of this major labour history conference, which is part of the
Government of Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries programme, sixty scholars will scrutinise the interplay between labour, gender, and class during the revolutionary period in Ireland. At the core of the conference, a series of five expert panels will discuss contentious questions: the role of trade unionists (including Irish immigrant trade unionists) in the revolutionary events; the impact of the struggle on the lives of women; the existential challenges presented by sectarian polarisation in the North-East; and the several competing ideologies in the labour milieu. Equally important are eleven spotlight panels, featuring original research from established and emerging scholars, which will shed particular light on the regional experience. The conference also includes an innovative theatre workshop, theatrical presentations, music, a History Ireland hedge-school, and a walking tour.

Speakers and attendees can register their attendance with the Eventbrite here:

The conference programme may be viewed here:


Campus, Travel and Accommodation Information

An accessible map of the campus can be accessed here:

The majority of talks will take place in the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, which is numbered at no. 27 on the map above.

Getting to Galway via Public Transportation:

From Belfast:

Bus: 1. Take the Aircoach (from outside Europa) to Dublin Airport and the GoBus or Citylink from the Airport to Galway City.

2) There is also the Bus Eireann/Expressway: Belfast to Dublin Airport and then Dublin Airport to Galway

Rail: You can buy a train ticket from Belfast to Galway which covers the Luas between Connolly and Heuston Stations in Dublin:

From Dublin Airport:

Bus: GoBus and Citylink buses are reliable and each travel hourly between 6.15am and 11.55pm. You can book these tickets online and both companies allow you to use a ticket for 24 hours even if you do not arrive on time for the one you booked. You should not rely on these buses if you are getting into the airport between midnight and 6am but they go late-night from Galway to the Airport. GoBus have plugs and a rewards programme.

From Dublin City:

Bus: GoBus and Citylink listed above also stop in Dublin City at Burgh Key & Aston Quay — but check timetable because some go direct to Airport.

Rail: IrishRail goes from Heuston to Galway

From Limerick and Cork City:

Bus:  Citylink & Bus Eireann both go from Cork City to Galway and make stops in Limerick City. Bus Eireann tends to be cheaper but check timetable to make sure you do not get on one that takes a longer route than the others.

Rail: The train also goes from Cork to Galway with a stop in Limerick.

From Derry/Letterkenny/Sligo:

Bus:  Bus Eireann route 64 stops in the cities above as well as others (the entire trip Galway to Derry is approx. 5 hours 30 minutes including a break in Sligo)

Accommodation in Galway City

Galway is a small city and most accommodation is within walking distance of the university. If it is further away, local buses travel regularly:

Galway Taxi Company has an app you can download which is very useful & they tend to be reasonably priced:

If you need any further advice not provided here, feel free to ask us through our email,, our Twitter: @ICHLC or our Facebook@IrishCentreForHistoriesOfLabourAndClass

If you plan on parking your car for a few days and you cannot leave your car overnight at your accommodation, Hynes Yard Car Park has reasonable rates if you book online:                                                                                 

Hotels (endorsed by SIPTU Fair Hotels campaign):

Clayton Hotel (Ballybrit, Galway, +353 (0) 91 721900).

Connacht Hotel (Dublin Road, Galway, +353 (0) 91 381200).

Jury’s Inn (Quay Street,Galway,  +353 (0) 91 566444).


Desota House (54 Newcastle Road, Galway, + 353 (0) 91 585064).

Corrib House (3 Waterside, Galway, +353 (0) 91 446 753).

Ciaran’s B&B (50 Prospect Hill, Galway, + 353 (0) 91 569 999).

Inismore House B&B (109 Father Griffin Road, Galway, +353 (0) 91 566 855).

Asgard House (21 College Road, Galway, +353 (0) 91 566 855).

Abbeygate Guesthouse (11 Mary Street, Galway, + 353 (0) 91 458 550).

Eyre Square Townhouse (35 Eyre Street, Galway, +353 (0) 91 568 444).


Snoozles Hostel (Forster Street, Galway, beside the Coach Station, + 353 90) 91 530 064).

Savoy Hostel (Eglington Street, Galway, +353 (0) 91 375 421).

Kinlay Hostel (Merchants Road, off Eyre Square, Galway, +353 (0) 91 562 618).

Galway City Hostel (Eyre Square, Galway, +353 (0) 91 561 133).

Barnacles (10 Quay Street, The Latin Quarter, Galway, +353 (0) 91 568 644).

Helpful sites to search for deals on accommodation: