Liam Cahill, Meath

Liam Cahill is an accomplished historian who lectures and writes extensively on Irish labour history in the period 1919 to 1923. He is a former Political Correspondent and Economics Correspondent with RTÉ and has advised companies, grass roots campaigns,  governments and politicians on diverse areas of policy and communications. He has completed the Certificate in Creative Writing from Maynooth University and has an influential presence on social media.

Liam has written "Forgotten Revolution, The Limerick Soviet 1919’ a book on Irish history as you have never encountered it before.

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About the Book

This is Irish history as you have never encountered it before.

Written with the all pace and drama of a novel, it features a diverse cast of interesting and engaging people, caught up in the evolving drama of the War of Independence in 1919. Characters like Robert Byrne, the IRA hunger striker whose violent death sparked an angry response; John Cronin who led 14,000 Limerick workers in a General Strike against the imposition of British military law; John Dowling, the radical trade union leader who turned Munster into a cauldron of red flags and soviets; the militant women workers in creameries, bakeries and mills; the Military Commandant, General Griffin, who tried to forestall the revolution; the Catholic Bishop and the Sinn Féin Mayor who manoeuvred to end the strike; national figures like Éamon de Valera, Michael Collins and Richard Mulcahy.

For two weeks, the workers’ committee – The Soviet - ruled Limerick. They controlled foodstuffs, prices, transport, printed their own newspaper and even their own currency. For a time, in April 1919, they posed a major threat to British power in Ireland.

’Forgotten Revolution’ is a great achievement and an important book.

– Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, UCD.