Bottom Dog - The Story of the Limerick Soviet 1919

EP2 - A New 'Boss' in Town

An episode of Bottom Dog - The Story of the Limerick Soviet 1919

By Cian Prendiville
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.
EP5 - Limerick Soviet 2.0?
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 (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Limerick-Soviet-1919-Revolt-Bottom/dp/1916090907/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=limerick+soviet&qid=1557055073&s=gateway&sr=8-1) and Liam Cahill (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Forgotten-Revolution-Centenary-Limerick-Soviet/dp/1912328410/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=limerick+soviet&qid=1557055073&s=gateway&sr=8-2) If you are interested in finding out more about socialism and getting involved in socialist activism in Ireland check out http://socialistparty.ie or internationally check ou http://socialistworld.net We are also looking for ideas for future seasons, possible collaborations or other directions to go with the podcast. If you have an idea, please reach out to us @cianplk on twitter or by emailing info@limericksoviet.ie Thanks for listening, and thanks again to all those who made this podcast possible. See you on the barricades :)
29:19
May 5, 2019
EP 4 - The Road Not Taken
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 the Socialist Party) and Darren Maher (local actor). Music throughout the episode is by Post Punk Podge. More info on the podcast at: http://limericksoviet.ie/ or to find out more about the Limerick Soviet 100 Festival check-out: http://limericksoviet100.ie/  
24:55
April 27, 2019
EP 3 - Revolution Betrayed
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 Podge. More info on the podcast at: http://limericksoviet.ie/ or to find out more about the Limerick Soviet 100 Festival check-out: http://limericksoviet100.ie/
17:11
April 20, 2019
EP2 - A New 'Boss' in Town
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 David Blake from the play 'Bread Not Profits'. More info on the podcast at: http://limericksoviet.ie/ or to find out more about the Limerick Soviet 100 Festival check-out: http://limericksoviet100.ie/
20:27
April 14, 2019
EP1 - The Workers' Rising
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 Prendiville (podcast host),  Darren Maher (local actor), Aprille Scully (podcast co-host), Dominic Haugh (Socialist Party & author of 'Limerick Soviet 1919') and Mike McNamara (current president of the Limerick Council of Trade Unions). Music by Post Punk Podge https://www.facebook.com/PostPunkPodge/ More info on the podcast at: http://limericksoviet.ie/ or to find out more about the Limerick Soviet 100 Festival check-out: http://limericksoviet100.ie/
25:43
April 6, 2019
EP0 - Promo
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 said that 'every dog has it's day' and that it's goal was to "hasten the day of the Bottom Dog". The episodes will be: 1) The Worker's Rising. This episode will cover 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 2) A New 'Boss' in Town. This episode will 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. 3) Revolution Betrayed. In the third episode we will investigate the battles inside the Soviet, and in the trade unions and labour movement nationally, leading up to the ultimate betrayal of the revolution 4) The Road Not Taken. Our second last episode will 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 1921, the alternative vision of a workers republic that inspired so many and how that path was shut off 5) Limerick Soviet 2.0? Finally we will look at the lessons from the struggle 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 - - - -  Voices, in order, are: Cian Prendiville (podcast host), Mike Finn (playwright, author of 'Bread Not Profits), Dominic Haugh (Socialist Party, author of 'Limerick Soviet 1919"), Mary O'Donnell (chairperson of the Limerick Soviet Commemoration Committee), Liam Cahill (author of "Forgotten Revolution) & Darren Maher (actor reading a quote from James Connolly).  Music is 'Swan' by Post Punk Podge https://www.facebook.com/PostPunkPodge/ More info on the podcast at: http://limericksoviet.ie/ or to find out more about the Limerick Soviet 100 Festival check-out: http://limericksoviet100.ie/
00:53
March 27, 2019
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