From Evening Herald 14th April 1919
LIMERICK SHUTS DOWN - LABOUR PROTEST
SHOPS SHUT; INDUSTRIES STOPPED, BUSINESSES STAND STILL
(From the "Herald" Reporter.) Limerick, Monday. The Proclamation of Limerick as a Military Area has had an extraordinary sequel - To-day the whole city practically is closed down as far as business is concerned. ..
ALL THE PRINCIPAL SHOPS, WAREHOUSES, FACTORIES, PUBLIC HOUSES, AND PROVISION MERCHANTS' PREMISES ARE SHUTTERED AND CLOSED.
NO BUSINESS TRANSACTED,
The whole city is on strike and is steeped in Sunday silence. Cleeve's famous factory has suspended work, as all the employes failed to put in an appearance this morning. These employees subsequently joined the Labour parade through the city. The bakers' and butchers' assistants have come out on strike in sympathy with the masses of other workers, and it is feared the effects on the food supplies of the district may be serious.
From Evening Herald, 15th April 1919
Armoured Cars and Barbed Wire Entanglements
FEAR OF FAMINE
To-day Limerick City is practically cut off from intercourse with the surrounding district. There is no getting into or out of the proclaimed area without military passport.
TO-DAY THE WHOLE CITY WAS SWARMING WITH MILITARY IN FULL WAR-KIT. COMPANIES OF SOLDIERS MARCHED AND COUNTER-MARCHED THROUGH THE STREETS. BARBED WIRE ENTANGLEMENTS WERE ERECTED ON ALL BRIDGES LEADING OUT OF LIMERICK. MILITARY PERMITS MUST BE SHOWN BEFORE ENTERING OR LEAVING THE CITY. ARMOURED CARS LUMBERED THROUGH THE STREETS.
The general strike sprung on Limerick yesterday continues to-day, but with some
relaxation-The bakers were allowed by the strike organisers to resume work last night with the object of providing bread to the people, and to-day there is a liberal if not too full a supply for the city.
The organisation have also permitted the grocers to open today from two to five with the same object. All the business places, warehouses, and shops continue closed and shuttered. Armed military sentinels to-day refused any person to pass into the military city area from outside without showing a permit.
The Limerick Chamber of Commerce have taken action with regard to the great hardship placed on trade and business by the Proclamation. It is stated they are in communication with Mr. Bonar Law on the subject. The Chamber held another meeting to-day. The town keeps quiet. ' To-day everyone in Limerick is his own messenger. Vanmen are idle. Citizens in top-hats are seen bringing home loaves of bread under their arms, ladies in fashionable residential quarters are helping their servants to bring home tea and sugar and other necessaries, and were seen to-day carry jugs in search of milk.