Liam Cahill; Forgotten Revolution | Limerick Literary Festival 2020

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Updated: January 6th, 2020

Limerick Literary Festival in honour of Kate O’Brien presents

Liam Cahill – Forgotten Revolution

Dance Limerick, John’s Square | Saturday, February 22nd | 10am | €14/€12

Liam will be in conversation with Bread not Profits Producer Ella Daly about the importance of literature in Living History.

The year 1919 was a time of revolution in Europe and Ireland. Six years after the Dublin Lockout, nationalist forces and trade unionists fused into powerful opposition to British rule. Against this background, an outbreak of worker power emerged in Limerick and the Limerick Soviet took over the city. This was the first such ‘soviet’ in either Britain or Ireland, and for two weeks they governed the city, producing newspapers, issuing their own currency and winning worldwide publicity. British authorities saw this event as a major threat and put Limerick under strict military control.

In his book Forgotten Revolution, Liam Cahill tells the definitive account of an unsung but important moment in Ireland’s history. It tells the story of the Soviet, and follows the events as they unfold day-by-day throughout the two weeks. It places the Soviet in the context of the political climate in Ireland, Europe and Britain, and it reveals the involvement of the Church, employers and leaders of the Labour movement in the events of the Soviet.


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