Mounted police were charging quick witted urchins who scattered and lured the attackers into narrow by-lanes. There the boys used stones and pieces of brick with accuracy and rapidity. My sympathies were with the newsboys.
-Ernie O’Malley remembers a newsboy strike in Dublin in his memoir On Another Man’s Wound.
I like working with my brother, as he’s a more than capable illustrator and I find a good illustration brings a history piece to life. We have a piece together in an upcoming issue of Rabble around Dublin newsboys in the first half of the twentieth century. It’s a look at one of the most overlooked working class groups in the history of the city, and is at times both a tragic and humorous story. The final illustration is very, very different from this one below, but I still wanted to share it.
If it looks familiar, that’s entirely deliberate, as it’s in the same style as this illustration of the famous Dublin Garda Lugs Branigan he completed for a biography of that Dublin character in another issue of Rabble.