During the later years of Irish union activist Jim Larkin, he still held the same passion for workers rights as he did during his younger years. Unfortunately, after returning to Europe after being deported from the United States for his “anarchic” activity, Jim Larkin was unable to express himself in a way that had inspired so many of his followers in the years past. Despite this, he still had a considerable amount of supporters who still saw him as the hero he once was.
One of the last major efforts made by Jim Larkin before his death was a fight against the trade union bill that was introduced in 1941. The British unions’ Irish branches, as well as smaller general unions, saw the bill as a threat to their rights. Unfortunately, despite Jim Larkin’s efforts, the bill was still able to pass. With its passing, Jim Larkins and those who supported stopping the bill applied and were admitted into the Labour Party. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/books/the-definitive-biography-of-big-jim-larkin-372254.html and https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g186605-d4206658-Reviews-Jim_Larkin_Statue-Dublin_County_Dublin.html
On January 30, 1947, Jim Larkin passed away peacefully in his sleep at Meath Hospital.
When Jim Larkin the infamous trade unionist of Ireland passed thousands of people gathered to mourn his passing. He had dedicated the majority of his life to the rights of the impoverished workers of the world and despite making some mistakes he was loved and respected by many. The funeral of the now legendary Jim Larkin, like his life, was unlike others of his time.
Jim funeral was a public event of extreme solemnity. The procession that went from St. Mary’s Church to Glasnevin Cemetary was attended by thousands of people with an honor guard of 1,200 dockers being formed at Liberty Hall.
Jim Larkin’s 4 sons walked in unison during the funeral procession in a way that seemed choreographed in a way, though their individuality still managed to shine through. 2 of his sons, Denis and James Jr. became part of the Labour Part that their father held so dear. Additionally, in 1955, his son Denis became Dublin’s Lord Mayor, an accomplishment that certainly would have instilled a sense of pride in Jim Larkin.