The Strong Activist

James Larkin’s life in the early times was not as simple as it came to seem when he grew older. He went through a lot, and so did his family, which were the closest thing he had. He did not recognize with any relatives simply because his parents were emigrants of the beautiful country of Ireland. His life, therefore, progressed right from where he was born; the slums.

Education being the most sought after things today is acquired by all children from all walks of life because of how available and important it has been made. Things were not so different before. James Larkin senior and Mary Ann McNulty knew how essential it was to have their son educated. They did not let the fact of their life in the slums prevent them from seeking education for James Larkin. Therefore, he schooled for a few years.

Why he did not spend enough time in the classroom was initially because of his level of compassion. He simply could not sit and study while his family stayed home with nothing to eat or at least hope to go through the night on a full stomach. He labored and supplied them with food and other basic requirements.

This went on well even after James Larkin, Jim’s father died. But his arrangement of working at the senior Larkin’s firm as his replacement did not work for long. Jim was asked to walk away. He remained hopeless with nothing close to an opportunity presenting itself.

He expressed his socialism soon after becoming a docker. The party that drew his interests was the Irish Labor Party. James Larkin stayed at the party for some time before shifting his interests to the National Union of Dock Laborers.

James Larkin curbed the problem of disunity among workers by forming the ITGWU. Irish workers who were both skilled and the inexperienced were welcomed to the party of their union. Larkin also became a co-founder of the ILP which was a great party in Dublin. It organized, led and even settled strikes and demonstrations in England. James Connolly was his partner in its formation.

Learn more about Jim Larkin:

http://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/jim-larkin-released-from-prison
http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/books/the-definitive-biography-of-big-jim-larkin-372254.html