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Published on Jun 21, 2008
Following the death of Robert Byrne, an IRA Volunteer and trade unionist, in a shootout in Limerick in April 1919, the British army imposed martial law on the city. The Limerick Trades Council responded by organising a general strike against the British military. They took over all shops and businesses and began printing their own money, and the strike became referred to as the Limerick Soviet. From the programme "Urban Tales".