Limerick is located in the Mid-West region of Ireland in the province of Munster. It is Ireland’s third largest city, with a population of c. 96k. Limerick is notable for its Georgian architecture (the development of which was driven by Edmund Sexton Pery, speaker of the Irish House of Commons) and its Medieval history. King John’s Castle – built in the 13th century and situated on the River Shannon – is regarded as one of the best preserved castles in Europe from the period.
In 2019, Limerick will see the centenary anniversary of the Limerick Soviet, a self-declared soviet that existed from 15 to 27 April 1919 during a period of general strike in protest at the British establishment. The soviet ran the city for the period, printed its own money and organised the supply of food.