UL Video series: Meet the people who are spearheading the commemoration of the Limerick Soviet 100 years on

The context

This year is the centenary year of the Limerick Soviet.

Limerick is commemorating the events of 1919 through a variety of mediums and guises.

Christopher Dunne spoke to some of the important people that are spearheading the commemoration. They include local councillor and author Séighin Ó Ceallaigh, bookshop owner Pat O'Brien and artist Fiona Woods.

All three speak about the impact of the Soviet that is left here in Limerick City.

Séighin Ó Ceallaigh speaks about how there is very little written about the Soviet in Irish history books. He emphasised his fascination with the Soviet when he researched more about it in his teenage years.

This fascination has now culminated in him writing a book on Robert Byrne, the man widely credited as being the catalyst of events in 1919. He is one of many local authors giving this segment of history a renewed voice.

The Celtic Bookshop, much-loved by the people of Limerick city for its marvellous window displays, is also getting in on the act. As well as stocking the books on the Soviet that local people are writing, they are also stocking collectable Soviet currency that can be spent in local Limerick retailers.

Co-Owner Pat O’Brien emphasises that the shop’s Soviet display is getting Limerick people talking.

The Limerick Soviet saw the culmination of so many social and economic ideas. The Laboratory of Common Interest in the city seeks to deconstruct these ideas over twelve days (the same number of days that the Soviet lasted).

We see shots of an exhibition on sexuality by artist Nat Schastneva and get an explanation on the initiative by fellow artist and organiser Fiona Woods.

The Limerick Soviet helped define the character of a city. Limerick has so much history to be proud of, and to commemorate, and this is just a small slice of that.

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