Bottom Dog - The Story of the Limerick Soviet 1919

Bottom Dog - The Story of the Limerick Soviet 1919
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.

BONUS - Left Inside
May 26 • 46 min
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…
EP5 - Limerick Soviet 2.0?
May 5, 2019 • 29 min
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…
EP 4 - The Road Not Taken
Apr 27, 2019 • 24 min
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…
EP 3 - Revolution Betrayed
Apr 20, 2019 • 17 min
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),…
EP2 - A New ‘Boss’ in Town
Apr 14, 2019 • 20 min
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…
EP1 - The Workers’ Rising
Apr 6, 2019 • 25 min
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…
EP0 - Promo
Mar 27, 2019 • 0 min
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…