Limerick Soviet 100

A Festival of Art and Activism
HighlightsFull programme

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Vincent Browne Panel Debate: The Unfinished Revolution | April 27 | 7:30pm | Pery’s Hotel | Free event

To commemorate the original Soviet Shilling, Ciaran Nash and Free*Space, together with the Urban Co-Op have commissioned artworks in the form of shilling notes which will operate as part of a system of exchange from 15th-27th April. They are available to buy in The Celtic Bookshop, The Commercial bar, Urban Co-Op and more. Check @FreeSpaceLimerick on Facebook for full details of how to acquire and use these items

Limerick Youth Services students together with Master Baker Paul O’Brien and artist Ann Ryan are producing a special commemorative bread in tribute to the role played by their baking ancestors during the 2 weeks of the Soviet. It will be available at the Bakery Shop at Limerick Youth Service 5 Lower Glentworth Street and at venues and events throughout the festival

Once upon a time there was a Soviet in Limerick...

This is no fairytale – this is the real history of Limerick.

In April 1919 a general strike shook Limerick to its core. For two weeks workers took over the city, controlling food production and prices, and creating their own police force and currency.

They were fighting against the imposition of martial law by the British Army, after the death of trade unionist and republican Robert Byrne. Tanks were put on the bridges. The world’s media looked on, predicting this could be the spark to ignite a socialist revolution across Ireland.

One hundred years on, the Limerick Soviet 100 Festival will celebrate this hidden history, and bring it to life for a new generation. We have plays and films, podcasts and book launches, workshops and debates, song and dance. Make sure to take part, help us rekindle the flame of revolution in Limerick.

Festival Programme

April 5 – Friday

  • Launch of ‘The Bottom Dog’ newspaper | By Limerick Council of Trade Unions | 6pm at Mechanic’s Institute Hartstogne Street |Free event, all welcome

April 6 – Saturday

  • Trade Union Parade | By Limerick Council of Trade Unions | 1:30pm from Mechanic’s Institute | Free event, all welcome
  • Podcast launched – “Bottom Dog – The Story of the Limerick Soviet 1919” | By Cian Prendiville (member of Limerick Soviet Centenary Committee & Socialist Party) | Weekly episodes with interviews & dramatisation | Available free in all podcast apps and at limericksoviet.ie

April 7 – Sunday

  • Wreath laying at Robert Byrne’s Grave + talk afterBy Robert Byrne Cumann of Sinn Fein | 2pm Mount St. Lawrence Cemetry l | Free event, all welcome

April 9 – Tuesday

April 10 – Wednesday

  • Talks on the Limerick Soviet by Liam Cahill |By Limerick Council of Trade Unions | 2:30pm at South Court, 7:30pm at Granary Library | Evening event open to all, Afternoon is for Secondary School Teachers

April 11 – Thursday

  • Book launch –  “Limerick Soviet 1919: The Revolt of the Bottom Dog” by Dominic Haugh | Launched By Ruth Coppinger, Socialist Party | 7pm, Mechanics’ Institute | Free entry, all welcome
  • Norma Manly gig | 9pm, The Commercial, Catherine Street | Free entry, all welcome

April 13 – Saturday

  • Workers of Limerick – Live storytelling event | By Limerick Spring | 7pm Narrative 4, 58 O’Connell St | Free event, all welcome
  • AGM of Irish Labour History Society | Held in Limerick, with special talk on the Limerick Soviet | Private event for ILHS members
  • Public Talk on the Limerick Soviet by Liam Cahil | Irish Labour History Society | 4pm Forsa Hall, Roxboro Rd | Free event, all welcome
  • Display of Limerick Soviet Exhibition | By Limerick Council of Trade Unions |  Open 10 am to 12 noon | Mechanics institute | Free entry, all welcome

April 14 – Sunday

  • Bus tour of the sites of the Limerick Soviet, with Liam Cahil & Mike McNamara | By Limerick Council of Trade Unions | 12:30pm from Mechanics Institute | Ticketed event, tickets €8 from eventbrite
  • Workers songs, by Brendan Guerin + open mic | 4pm, The Commercial bar | Free entry, all welcome

April 15 – Monday

  • Opening of Laboratory of Common Interest – discussions, workshops, art-making and moreBy Free*Space Limerick | 10am – 4pm Daily til April 27, FabLab, Rutland Street | Open events daily, check @FreeSpaceLimerick on facebook for more info

April 16 – Tuesday

  • Opening of ‘Bread Not Profits’ play | By Mike Finn (playwright and member of Limerick Soviet Commemoration Committee) | 7:30pm daily til April 27 (excluding April 21 & 22), Old Cleeves Factory, Lansdowne | Ticked event, tickets €25/€20 from: https://www.limetreetheatre.ie/show/bread-not-profits/

April 17th – Wednesday

  • A history of protest & struggle in Limerick – talk & poster exhibition |With former socialist Mayor Joe Harrington & Mary O’Donnell | 6:30pm FabLab | Free entry, all welcome

April 19th – Friday

  • Short Play: A Political History of Our Bodies | by Moyross Women’s group | Plus a presentatio on the history of women and Revolutoin in Ireland | 4:30pm, FabLab, Check @FreeSpaceLimerick on facebook for more info

April 20 – Saturday

  • Limerick Soviet Music night | 9pm til late, the Commercial Bar | Free event, all welcome

April 23 – Tuesday

  • Film Screening: Eat Your Children | Short film about austerity in Ireland, plus discussion with the directors | 9pm, FabLab | Free event, all welcome

April 24 – Wednesday

  • Feminist Economics – an activist workshop, lead by Dr. Conor McCabe | 10am – 4pm, Fab Lab | Free but places are limited so email freespacelimerick [at] gmail.com to book

April 27 – Saturday

  • The Unfinished Revolution, panel debate chaired by Vincent Browne | By Limerick Soviet Commemoration Committee | 7:30pm, Pery’s Hotel, Glentworth Street | Free event, all welcome

April 28 – Sunday

  • Unveiling of Limerick Workers’ Memorial Plaque | By Limerick Council of Trade Unions | 2pm, Mechanics Institute | Free event, all welcome
  • Re-airing of RTE ‘Doc on One’ on Limerick Soviet, + Q&A with the producer Kevin O’Connor | By Limerick Soviet Commemoration Committee | 2:30pm in Mechanics Institute | Free event, all welcome
  • Launch of ‘Let us Rise’ anthology of poetry, writings and drawings inspired by the Limerick Soviet | By Limerick Writers centre | 4:30pm, Mechanics Institute | Free event, all welcome

April 29th – Monday

  • Book Launch: ‘Forgotten Revolution’ By Liam Cahill | Centenary Edition | 7:30pm | Venue TBC

Throughout the festival

Soviet Shilling

To commemorate the original Soviet Shilling, Ciaran Nash and Free*Space, together with the Urban Co-Op have commissioned artworks in the form of shilling notes which will operate as part of a system of exchange from 15th-27th April

Check @FreeSpaceLimerick on Facebook for full details of how to acquire and use these items

LYS Soviet Bread project

Limerick Youth Services students together with Master Baker Paul O’Brien and artist Ann Ryan are producing a special commemorative bread in tribute to the role played by their baking ancestors during the 2 weeks of the Soviet.

It will be available at the Bakery Shop at Limerick Youth Service 5 Lower Glentworth Street and at venues and events throughout the festival

Festival Bar: The Commercial

Throughout the festival The Commercial Bar on Catherine Street will be our go-to venue, for drinks, music and finger food after events

Museum exhibition

From April 15th to May 31st a special exhibition of Limerick Soviet memorabilia will be on display in Istabraq Hall, City Hall, Merchant’s Quay.

From the blog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4gty5DRHZc&feature=youtu.be More support for the Limerick Soviet 100 Festival.

Soviet centenary currency project

2.30 – 4.30, Urban Co-op, Eastway Business Park Plans are underway to create and use a temporary currency during the soviet centenary in April. This will be partly in commemoration of the Soviet shilling, but also as an act of solidarity and defiance against financial...