Tom Kettle delivered a lecture entitled The Foundation of Industrial Peace in the Athenaeum in Limerick City on the 10th May 1912. He was invited to speak by the Limerick Industrial Association.
Who was Tom Kettle? He was a journalist, barrister, writer, poet, essayist, economist and Home Rule politician. In 1912 he was serving as a Professor of Economics at University College Dublin. Tom also had a Limerick connection. He was married to Mary Sheehy, who was a daughter of David Sheehy of Dromcollogher, Co. Limerick. Mary Sheehy was a sister of the social reformer Hanna Sheehy Skeffington. Kettle’s friends and contemporaries at UCD included Francis Sheehy-Skeffington, Oliver St. John Gogarty and James Joyce. He clashed with Joyce on more than one occasion. Joyce once opined “A holy Hegelian Kettle Has faith which we cannot unsettle.”