9 episodes

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.

Bottom Dog - The Story of the Limerick Soviet 1919 Cian Prendiville

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5, 6 Ratings

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.

    Covid-19: No going back, but what's ahead? Interview with Cian on Left Inside

    Covid-19: No going back, but what's ahead? Interview with Cian on Left Inside

    Bottom Dog host Cian was interviewed on the Left Inside podcast this week, about a recent article he wrote in which he argues Covid-19 will be an era-defining moment. He discusses the long-term impacts and that article's call for the socialist left to rally around the call for a left government, with socialist policies and what such a government would mean.

    During the Covid-19 crisis I’ve been working with a group of other left and socialist activists in Ireland to produce a new podcast, Left Inside which offers a weekly critical look at news, politics and culture from the left. It’s a relaxed and funny panel discussion, including socialist member of the Irish parliament Paul Murphy.

    If you like the episode, please make sure to subscribe to Left Inside. Check it out online:: https://anchor.fm/leftinside

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    • 22 min
    Lenny Abrahamson on Normal People & the arts, on Left Inside

    Lenny Abrahamson on Normal People & the arts, on Left Inside

    During the Covid-19 crisis I’ve been working with a group of other left and socialist activists in Ireland to produce a new podcast, Left Inside which offers a weekly critical look at news, politics and culture from the left. It’s a relaxed and funny panel discussion, including socialist member of the Irish parliament Paul Murphy.

    This week we have an interview with Lenny Abrahamson, director of the hit TV show Normal People and outspoken critic of inequality and oppression. Lenny & Paul talk about creating Normal People, plans for a possible sequel, the underfunding of the arts and how his politics influence his works.

    Following the interview Cian, Aprille & Jessy discuss why they love the show and the book, and how the arts and capitalism clash.

    If you like the episode, please make sure to subscribe to Left Inside. Check it out online:: https://anchor.fm/leftinside

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    BONUS - Left Inside

    BONUS - Left Inside

    During the Covid-19 crisis I’ve been working with a group of other left and socialist activists in Ireland to produce a new podcast, Left Inside which offers a weekly critical look at news, politics and culture from the left. 

    It’s a relaxed and funny panel discussion, including socialist member of the Irish parliament Paul Murphy. Anyway, I thought some of you who subscribed to Bottom Dog may be interested in this too, so here is a recent episode I was on, if you like it please do make sure to subscribe to Left Inside in whatever podcast app you use.

    Check it out online:: https://anchor.fm/leftinside

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    • 46 min
    EP5 - Limerick Soviet 2.0?

    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 min
    EP 4 - The Road Not Taken

    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 min
    EP 3 - Revolution Betrayed

    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 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

NervousFishdown II ,

What a discovery!

The whole thing is great, and worth listening to in order. But the last episode is an absolute cracker!

Lolcatsrmylyfe ,

Fantastic story well told

I knew nothing about this bit of history before listening to this show. Great miniseries on an important and forgotten bit of Irish history.

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