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The Limerick Soviet by Alun Parry
1. 1919 was the year the trouble all went down
Chorus: We are the Limerick Soviet
2. The printing workers laboured through the darkness of the night
The Soviet of Limerick it lasted two weeks long
Story by Alun Parry
How come nobody knows about this?
I found out about the 1919 Limerick Soviet entirely by accident. I was at an event about Irish Rebel Music at Liverpool’s excellent Irish Festival when the Soviet was mentioned just in passing.
When I got home that night I spent the next few hours Googling about it and so got a decent knowledge of what happened. But I was amazed that something so huge had missed my radar.
I spoke to friends, and couldn’t find anybody who had heard of it either.
Folk music has taught me lots about the world through songs. I celebrate Joe Hill, but only because I heard the song about him and wanted to find out more. Same with Victor Jara, the Chilean folk singer.
I even spoke with people who had links with Limerick. And they didn’t know about it either.
I decided it was a story that had to be told so here it is.
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