By July 1914 tension in County Monaghan was very high. Over two years of organisation by Unionists had established 2000 Volunteers in the County Regiment of the Ulster Volunteer Force. Well organised, well armed and committed to their cause. A rival Nationalist Force had …

Long before the Ulster Covenant, Unionism across Ireland was beginning to contemplate that to prevent the imposition of Home Rule, methods outside the realm of politics would be needed. As early as March 1911 Police intelligence documents noted that Orangemen of Aughdrumsee met for a …

In 1886 the muster roll of an Orange anti- Home Rule Army was released to newspapers across the British Isles and Empire. The exercise was largely a paper one with the purpose no doubt primarily to pressurise the Government, but the roll was still impressive. …

In 1886 a full muster roll was released to the media detailing the organisation of an Orange Army that would be mobilised in the event that Home Rule was imposed on Ireland. The comprehensive plan outlined a massive corps of men divided into Divisions, Brigades, …

The Ulster Volunteers were a truly massive Force, with almost 100,000 men and women in the ranks of its main body and its various special units when combined. Not surprisingly as an almost exclusively voluntary and civilian militia, the finances simply did not exist to …

Not surprisingly given its Plantation origins, the County Down hill top town and district of Rathfriland has a long association with Irish Unionism, Loyalism and Orangeism. That association did not wane during the Third Home Rule crisis…… One of the most iconic and significant of …

At the Balmoral Review, men from Tyrone impressed the massive crowds with their military bearing and discipline. They had been training to ensure they were fully prepared in the event of being needed to stop the imposition of Home Rule in Ireland. Among their number …

The demographic shape of several areas has changed dramatically since the introduction of the Third Home Rule Bill in 1912. Few places illustrate this as well as the historic walled City of Londonderry. Quincey Dougan looks at the development and activity of the Ulster Volunteer …

1 2 3