Set up in 1948, to provide workers' education, we continue to provide general adult education - languages, social & political studies, literature, art appreciation and cultural activities as well as personal development, basic education and communication skills - for trade unionists, their families and the general public.
The People’s College is part of the European Workers’ Education movement which emphasises education for democracy. This involves creating a space where workers can study, reflect on and react to their continually changing society as well as develop their intellectual, social and creative potential.
An integral part of the system is the active participation of the students in the decision-making process and organisational structures of the College.
In theory the truce declared on July 11, 1921 between Irish republican and British forces inaugurated a period of peace in Ireland that was concluded with the signing of the Anglo Irish Treaty in 1921. In fact it saw continued political violence throughout the country and especially in the north-east as well as a spate of strikes and land agitation. The ‘truce’ period also concluded with the outbreak of civil war between Irish nationalists in late June 1922. Historian Padraig Og O Ruairc investigates the outbreak of peace and war in these months.
Kevin Duffy from the Labour Court discusses the reforms of IR legislation and changes coming down the tracks for Irish workers and tells us how far IR has come in a relatively short period of time in Ireland.
The following lecture was given by Kieran Glennon and it covered the six north --eastern counties of Ireland separated from the rest in 1920-22 as it became Northern Ireland.
An autonomous part of the United Kingdom. During this period some 700 people died violently in the north-east of Ireland, predominantly in Belfast. This lecture will look at if this period was 'a pogrom' against innocent Catholics, as nationalists claimed, or a civil war between rival communities. Did unionist politicians organise mass assaults on Catholic civilians? Did IRA violence provoke unionists into reprisals? Conversely did the IRA protect the Catholic community in Belfast and elsewhere?