Limerick Soviet centenary publication: submissions sought
by Niall Shanahan

The Limerick Writer’ Centre propose to publish an anthology of writings and artistic material in conjunction with the Limerick Soviet 100 Committee’s special celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Limerick Soviet.

Fórsa members are invited to submit material for the publication, illustrating on their thoughts on the 1919 Soviet and/or its legacy for Ireland in 2019.

The Limerick Soviet was a self-declared soviet that existed from 15th to 27th April 1919.

A general strike was organised by the Limerick Trades and Labour Council, as a protest against the British Army's declaration of a "Special Military Area" under the Defence of the Realm Act, which covered most of Limerick city and a part of the county. The soviet ran the city for the period, printed its own money and organised the supply of food.

The event made world, as well as national headlines, at the time, and is still seen, internationally, as a major occurrence in labour history. 

Local and national figures will be invited to contribute to the publication. It will be edited by Dominic Taylor and John Liddy and published by The Limerick Writers' Centre in 2019, the centenary year.

Submissions should be made to the Limerick Writer Centre, 12 Barrington Street, Limerick, Ireland ( by 28th February 2019.

Centenary – An anthology celebrating the Limerick Soviet 1919 is due to be published no later than October 2019.

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