Carlisle Pier / Dun Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire witnessed much controversy surrounding the "Save the Kiddies" initiative, which sought to ease suffering by placing strikers' children with foster families in Britain. It was organised by Dora Montefiore, a labour activist and suffragist, and opposed by Archbishop Walsh, who feared that Catholic children would be placed in Protestant homes. A clergy-led blockade forcibly prevented children from boarding ships to England at Carlisle Pier.

Similar incidents took place at Dublin quays and at Kingsbridge and Amiens Street Railway Stations (now Heuston and Connolly Railway Stations) The scheme ended in failure with kidnapping charges brought against Montefiore and her colleague Lucille Rand.

Dun Laoghaire pier is located in the suburban seaside town of Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin. It is approximately 40 minutes' drive from the National Library of Ireland.

These images were published in the Sunday Independent (26.10.1913) and show Dora Montefiore leaving court having been charged with the kidnap of George Burke. Fathers McNevin and Fleming were actively involved in opposing Montefiore’s campaign.

Today, Dun Laoghaire harbour is a public amenity used by thousands of people each day. Popular activities include sailing, power-boating, scuba-diving, fishing and swimming.