Sackville St. / O'Connell St.
In 1913, Dublin's main thoroughfare was known both as O'Connell Street and Sackville Street. Nelson's Pillar stood on the site now occupied by the Dublin Spire. It was the heart of the tram system, and as such the ideal location to start the strike on 26 August.
The head office of William Martin Murphy's Dublin United Tramways Company was nearby, as was the Murphy-owned Imperial Hotel, where Larkin appeared on 31 August, "Bloody Sunday". The violence witnessed that day contrasted a week later with the peaceful mass rally organised by TUC leaders to assert the right to freedom of assembly.
O'Connell Street is located in the heart of the city centre. It is approximately 10 minutes' walk from the National Library of Ireland.
Photographer Joseph Cashman's iconic image records the police baton charge on O'Connell Street, 31 August 1913. It was widely published in the British press, where it won much sympathy for the Dublin workers' cause.
O’Connell St. remains the city’s main thoroughfare. In 1979, a bronze statue depicting Larkin was erected on the street. Sculpted by artist Oisín Kelly, it depicts ‘Big Jim’ with arms raised, appealing to the masses to rise up against their employers.