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Lot 674/7025

Estimate: €2500-3500

James Connolly and Jim Larkin
A rare printed receipt for £2 received from General Secretary Irish Transport and General Workers Union, being wages for week ending 23 Nov. (19)12, signed by James Connolly, with the stamp of I.T.G.W.U. (Belfast Branch), mounted with a photograph showing Big Jim Larkin with his son James (‘young Jim’). V. Rare.
* Born in Edinburgh of Irish parents, Connolly worked in Dublin 1898 – 1902 before moving to the United States, 1903. On his return to Ireland in 1910 he worked in Belfast as an organiser for the I.T.G.W.U., founded in 1908 by Jim Larkin who was its first General Secretary. In 1912 Connolly and Larkin were co-founders of the Irish Labour Party. Connolly returned to Dublin in 1913; he founded the Irish Citizen Army again in co-operation with Larkin. Agreeing to co-operate with the I.R.B., he signed the 1916 Proclamation and commanded the Volunteers’ Dublin forces during the 1916 Rising. Severely wounded in the fighting around the G.P.O., he was put to death by firing squad in a wheelchair on the 9th May, 1916. His signature is extremely Rare. (1)

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