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Bottom Dog - The Story of the Limerick Soviet 1919

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April 1919. Tanks on the streets of Limerick. Workers on strike. A soviet declared. The workers control prices and produce food. They even have their own police force and money. Listen to this amazing true story of popular revolt, betrayal, and a city that defied an empire. Hosted by Cian Prendiville & Aprille Scully. Cian and Aprille are socialist activists in Limerick, and members of Solidarity and the Socialist Party. A former city councillor, Cian lead the anti-water charges movement in Limerick. Aprille is a socialist-feminist and was part of the pro-choice campaign to repeal the 8th.

April 1919. Tanks on the streets of Limerick. Workers on strike. A soviet declared. The workers control prices and produce food. They even have their own police force and money. Listen to this amazing true story of popular revolt, betrayal, and a city that defied an empire. Hosted by Cian Prendiville & Aprille Scully. Cian and Aprille are socialist activists in Limerick, and members of Solidarity and the Socialist Party. A former city councillor, Cian lead the anti-water charges movement in Limerick. Aprille is a socialist-feminist and was part of the pro-choice campaign to repeal the 8th.
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Ireland

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April 1919. Tanks on the streets of Limerick. Workers on strike. A soviet declared. The workers control prices and produce food. They even have their own police force and money. Listen to this amazing true story of popular revolt, betrayal, and a city that defied an empire. Hosted by Cian Prendiville & Aprille Scully. Cian and Aprille are socialist activists in Limerick, and members of Solidarity and the Socialist Party. A former city councillor, Cian lead the anti-water charges movement in Limerick. Aprille is a socialist-feminist and was part of the pro-choice campaign to repeal the 8th.

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@cianplk

Language:

English


Episodes

EP5 - Limerick Soviet 2.0?

5/5/2019
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In this season finale we look at the lessons from the Limerick Soviet for today, what can we learn from how unions organised low paid and precarious workers rapidly, how left and socialist ideas became commonplace, but also why the struggle did not produce the revolution dreamt of and lessons for those who want to make change today. To find out more about the Limerick Soviet check out these books by Dominic Haugh...

Duration:00:29:52

EP 4 - The Road Not Taken

4/27/2019
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In this episode we consider other similar revolts across Ireland at the time, including the forgotten story of ‘Take Back the City’-style housing occupations movement in Limerick in 1922, the alternative vision of a workers republic that inspired so many and how that path was shut off. Voices, in order, are: Aprille Scully (podcast co-host), Cian Prendiville (podcast host), Liam Cahill (author of 'Forgotten Revolution'), Thomas Keana (local historian), Dominic Haugh (historian and member of...

Duration:00:24:55

EP 3 - Revolution Betrayed

4/20/2019
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In this episode we investigate the battles inside the Soviet, and in the trade unions and labour movement nationally, leading up to the ultimate betrayal of the revolution Voices, in order, are: Darren Maher (local actor) Aprille Scully (podcast co-host), Cian Prendiville (podcast host), Dominic Haugh (historian and member of the Socialist Party), Liam Cahill (author of 'Forgotten revolution) and Conor Kostick (author of 'Revolution in Ireland). Music throughout the episode is by Post Punk...

Duration:00:17:11

EP2 - A New 'Boss' in Town

4/14/2019
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This episode look at how the Soviet ran the city, produced food, printed money, set up their own police force and even brought down the price of milk. Voices, in order, are: Aprille Scully (podcast co-host), Cian Prendiville (podcast host), Mike Finn (playwright of 'Bread Not Profits' play), and Liam Cahill (author of 'Forgotten revolution) Song at the start of the episode is 'Limerick Soviet by Alun Parry. Music throughout the episode is by Post Punk Podge, and the song at the end is by...

Duration:00:20:27

EP1 - The Workers' Rising

4/6/2019
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This episode covers the rapid growth of radical trade unionism and socialism in Limerick leading up to 1919, the opposition and resistance to the British occupation, the untold story of the role of women workers in the soviet and what lead to the decision to call the strike . You can see the referenced photo of the mustachioed men of the Limerick Council of Trade Unions here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limerick_Soviet#/media/File:Limerick_Soviet_Members.jpg Voices, in order, are: Cian...

Duration:00:25:43

EP0 - Promo

3/27/2019
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This episode is a small preview of things to come. Starting on April 6th, this podcast will bring you the story of the Limerick Soviet of 1919 over five weekly episodes, every Saturday. The podcast name pays homage to 'The Bottom Dog' - Limerick's first ever workers' newspaper. It was launched in October 1917 as a socialist paper pledging to fight for what it called the 'bottom dog', or underdog, which it explained was all those oppressed whether on the basis of class, race or gender. It...

Duration:00:00:53