Many people all over the world are born under impoverished conditions. A great majority of them never think of life as having any opportunities for them, and hence end up in the streets.
Others lose hope while they are young, and waste themselves, and others rise above the conditions surrounding their birth and make good out of it.
James Larkin is one of the few people who refused to let poverty be the end of their story.
His father did not have much. His greatest possession was his family. Mary Ann McNulty was the happiest woman when James Larkin was born. But even she did not have anything of worth but her family. However, James Larkin senior got a job at a certain firm and started contributing his meager earnings. Learn more about James Larkin: http://www.rte.ie/centuryireland/index.php/articles/jim-larkin-released-from-prison and http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/artsfilmtv/books/the-definitive-biography-of-big-jim-larkin-372254.html
It must have been very heartbreaking to watch his parents struggle a lot to bring up the children. Big Jim, as James Larkin was known as at times, refused to be the reason of his parents’ unhappiness and sorrow. He made a decision that became the most important thing he ever did and started working while he was attending school.
It did affect him, but he did not mind. He had not well grasped the importance of education, and he was obviously going to realize he was losing, but only at a later age.
Larkin then grew old enough and got married. Soon, he had his own family to look after. By then, his siblings were fully grown and could depend on themselves. His elder brother had already progressed and had a family of his own.
Jim Larkin then ventured into his heart’s greatest desire, socialism. He joined several organizations including NUDL which was very prominent at the time. Finally, Jim was able to be a master of his own ideologies. He then formed an organization of workers’ union, ITGWU.
James Connolly was one of the people who were beside Jim during the launch of the great workers’ union. James Larkin then did a lot of activities both in England and also in the United States of America later finally died in Ireland. People shall live to speak of his greatness.
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