Trades council wants ‘priceless’ Limerick Soviet note pulled from auction

The rare Limerick Soviet promissory note, which will go on sale this Wednesday

The rare Limerick Soviet promissory note, which will go on sale this Wednesday

  • by Nick Rabbitts

THE Limerick Council of Trade Unions is bidding to prevent the sale at auction of a “priceless” Limerick Soviet five shilling note.

The promissory note was issued by the Workers of Limerick during the famous two week strike in 1919, and will be sold to the highest bidder at the Limerick Auction Rooms, Ballysimon Road, this Wednesday.

The rare note has been valued at between €1,000 and €1,200. An elderly lady offering the note for sale.

Mike McNamara, president of the Limerick Trades Council says they have made an offer of around €500 for the note, but this has been declined by the seller.

Now, representatives of the group will stage a demonstration outside the auction house in a bid to encourage those attending not to vote against them, ensuring the lowest price.

Mr McNamara said they are concerned if a private individual gets their hands on it, it could be used as “a party piece”.

If the Trades Council gets its hands on the note, it will place it on display in a new museum at its headquarters in Hartstonge Street, celebrating the Limerick Soviet.

The group has stated a petition online, which has attracted almost 300 signatures since it started on Saturday. A number of prominent union figures have signed up, including RMT general secretary Bob Crow and Mandate general secretary John Douglas.

The petition can be found at here.




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