The Limerick Soviet

Limerick United Trades and Labour Council, 1919 - The Limerick Soviet Public domain

For two weeks in 1919, the city of Limerick went on a labor strike. During that time, the strike committee managed the workings of the city, including food supplies, and it even began printing its own currency.

Holly's Research:

  • Cahill, Liam. “Forgotten Revolution: The Limerick Soviet 1919.” Orla Kelly Publishing. 2019.
  • “Limerick Soviet 100: A Festival of Art and Activism.”
  • Roche, Barry. “Documentary tells story of Limerick Soviet that became global news in 1919.” Irish Times. Aug. 3, 2015.
  • Ryan, Des. “Shoot-out at the Work house: The Shooting of Bobby Byrne.” The Old Limerick Journal. Winter 2010.
  • Lee, David. “The Munster Soviets and the Fall of the House of Cleeve.” Excerpted from:“Made in Limerick, Vol.1 History of industries, trade and commerce.” Limerick Civic Trust in association with Fás &​ Shannon Development. 2003. Accessed online:
  • Russell, Ruth. “What’s the Matter With Ireland?” Forgotten Books. 2018.

Topics in this Podcast: European history, strikes, labor, Irish history, Ireland, 20th century