Limerick Council of Trade unions
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Limerick Auction Rooms: Stop the Sale of an Extremely Rare "Limerick Soviet" Five Shillings Note
Extremely Rare "Limerick Soviet" Five Shillings Note. Inscribed "April LIMERICK 1919/GENERAL STRIKE/AGAINST BRITISH MILITARISM/The Workers of Limerick/ Promise to Pay the bearer/5/- FIVE SHILLINGS 5/-/The Limerick Trades and Labour Council". Numbered 148 and signed in ink by John Cronin, Chairman, and James Casey, Treasurer, with stamp in violet "MECHANICS INSTITUTE/[shamrock motif]/LIMERICK. The strike was ended after two weeks when the Sinn Fein Lord Mayor Alphonsus O'Mara and the Catholic Bishop Denis Hallinan Called for the Strike to End. A proclamation was announced on the 27th April 1919.This note is the property of the Limerick Council of Trade Unions & is stamped by the Limerick Mechanics Institute, an institute which was set up for the betterment and education of workers. This note is of extreme historical value to the labour movement, I know that the economic value of this note might be modest, but can’t the people see that these artifacts are extremely important to preserve in order to build our national identity? Many people say that “we should move on from the past”, but in this case, we have to learn how to appreciate our past to be able to face the future. Our ancestors created community, culture, tradition and most of all solidarity. Because of them, the trade union movement exists. This Note should be returned to the Limerick Council of Trades Union and be displayed in the history room of the Limerick Mechanics Institute.