Struggle or Starve: Working-Class Unity in Belfast's 1932 Outdoor Relief Riots, by Sean Mitchell
In October 1932, the streets of Belfast were gripped by vicious and widespread rioting that lasted the best part of a week.
Thousands of unarmed demonstrators fought extended pitched battles against heavily-armed police. Unemployed workers and, indeed, whole working-class communities, dug trenches and built barricades to hold off the police assault.
The event became known as the Outdoor Relief Riot--one of a very few instances in which class sympathy managed to trump sectarian loyalties in a city famous for its divisions.
“Mitchell’s is by far the most thorough and well-researched account yet of a few weeks in Irish history that shook the ruling Unionist government probably more deeply than any other single event or sequence of events until 1968.” – History Ireland