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1912-1914 Home Rule Crisis

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1912-1914 Home Rule Crisis

The Home Rule Crisis, 1912 - 1914

This section features a wide range of printed political material, postcards and posters, badges, letters and photographs and firearms. It covers emergence of leadership by Carson and Craig, creation of a Unionist mass-movement, propaganda and a paramilitary army called the U.V.F., formed from the Unionist Club movement. This also includes creation of a provisional government, formation of women’s organisations, signing of an Ulster Covenant in 1912, the ‘gun-running’ of smuggled weapons in 1914.

This section also includes material reflecting reactions of Nationalists to the Unionist campaign, focusing on the role of John Redmond, Joseph Devlin, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the emergence, structure and arming of the Irish National Volunteers.

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McQueen's Aiming Teacher

McQueen's Aiming Teacher

McQueen's Aiming Teacher. folded card : outer has 3 strips of card rivetted on : black circle : strip of black card with cut out circle, V and U notch...

Programme for Unionist Demonstation, Bangor

Programme for Unionist Demonstation, Bangor

Programme for Unionist Demonstation, Bangor. printed one side in blue : badge of Unionist Clubs in red and blue : hymns, resolutions. Inscription : UN...

Ulster Demonstration Against Home Rule

Ulster Demonstration Against Home Rule

single sheet folded, printed both sides : cover blue, red and yellow : photographs of leading unionists in oval vignettes : inside printed in blue : p...

Political Broadside Pamphlet

Political Broadside Pamphlet

Political Broadside Pamphlet. hand bill, printed both sides : quotes from sermon by Rev. Gerald O'Nolan at St.Malachy's, 1st December 1912. Inscriptio...

Political Broadside Pamphlet

Political Broadside Pamphlet

Political Broadside Pamphlet. single sheet, folded, printed both sides : reprints letter from Doc. Edward Thompson of Omagh to Asquith, giving his opi...

Political Adhesive Label

Political Adhesive Label

Anti-Home Rule Sticker. Margins on right and bottom and top : at bottom pair joined with third joined on top right : perforations : blue head and shou...

UIster Unionist Demonstration 1912

UIster Unionist Demonstration 1912

printed in blue : cover yellow with badge as 1892 convention, date changed : 19 numbered pages : stapled : portraits and biographies of Bonar Law, Car...

We Will Not Have Home Rule

We Will Not Have Home Rule

Anti-Home Rule postcard, view of crowds at Balmoral in front of covered platform. Ulster Will Fight Series 1. Inscription : "WE WILL NOT HAVE HOME RUL...

Unionist Club Programme

Unionist Club Programme

Unionist Club Programme. single sheet folded, printed in blue both sides : list of officers and committee on back. Inscription : WINDSOR AND STRANMILL...

Song Sheet for Ulster Hall Demonstration, 1912

Song Sheet for Ulster Hall Demonstration, 1912

Song Sheet for Ulster Hall Demonstration, 1912. single sheet folded, printed 3 sides in double column. Inscription : ULSTERMAN : LAND OF HOPE AND GLOR...

Unionist Club

Unionist Club

Unionist Club Membership Card, dated 1912. Single sheet folded, printed in blue both sides : cover red, blue and gold badge, crowned circle with union...

Programme for Celebration of Anniversary of Ulster Day

Programme for Celebration of Anniversary of Ulster Day

Programme for Celebration of Anniversary of Ulster Day. cover in blue and red, rest blue : single sheet folded printed both sides : cover roses, shamr...

Programme of Anti-Home Rule Demonstration

Programme of Anti-Home Rule Demonstration

Programme of Anti-Home Rule Demonstration. single sheet folded, printed both sides : photographs of leading unionists in oval vignettes : inside progr...

Pamphlet Ballad

Pamphlet Ballad

Pamphlet Ballad. on yellow paper : 4 sheets folded, printed both sides, staple : cover head and shoulders photograph of Edward Carson : inside 98 vers...

Political Adhesive Label

Political Adhesive Label

Anti-Home Rule Sticker in stamp style. margins on right and bottom : perforations : black border, yellow background, white shield with red hand. Inscr...

Pamphlet Ballad

Pamphlet Ballad

Pamphlet Ballad. on orange paper : 2 sheets folded, printed both sides, staple : cover head and shoulders photograph of Edward Carson : inside 98 vers...

Christmas Card

Christmas Card

Christmas Card. folded card with paper insert : cover printed with Unionist Clubs badge in blue, red and gold, relief : bound with red white and blue ...

Lantern slide

Lantern slide

Bonar Law (centre), Carson (right) and unknown gentleman (left) leaving railway station....

Sir Edward Carson KC MP

Sir Edward Carson KC MP

Lantern slide portrait of Sir Edward Carson. Clearly wearing his Unionist Clubs of Ireland membership lapel badge....

Home Rule

Home Rule

Pro-Home Rule postcard showing a small boy in green coat holding 'Home Rule' plaque on shore with traditional 'Irish' symbols including the Irish wolf...

Lantern slide

Lantern slide

Men and boys marching together in formation, with banners carried by those in the distance....

Document, Ulster's Solemn League and Covenant

Document, Ulster's Solemn League and Covenant

This copy was signed by Fred H. Crawford, Chlorine Gardens & 20 Mill Street, Belfast, at the City Hall, Belfast 3.45 p.m. Saturday 28th September 1912...

Mr Churchill Sends a Message to Ulster

Mr Churchill Sends a Message to Ulster

Postcard featuring ‘Mr.Churchill sends a message to Ulster,' drawing of Bangor of British troopships allegedly being sent to help quell Ulster on 26th...

Ulster Unionist Demonstration 1912

Ulster Unionist Demonstration 1912

Ulster Unionist Demonstration 1912 badge with pin fastening. Inscribed "UNION IS STRENGTH ULSTER UNIONIST DEMONSTRATION 1912". Attached to the bar a w...

UVF East Down

UVF East Down

UVF Hospital Armband. East Down 2....

Oglaigh na h-Eireann

Oglaigh na h-Eireann

Irish Defence Forces Cap. Green cloth, leather chin strap with plain brass buttons. Brass "sunburst" badge. Leather sweat band, lining torn out. Oglai...

West Belfast

West Belfast

Postcard depicting ‘West Belfast sub-tenancy ‘ – a portrayal of a West Belfast street where everyone is filthy and uncivilised, assuming how things wo...

To Mr. Asquith

To Mr. Asquith

Postcard entitled 'To Mr. Asquith, by an Irishman,' arguing against Home Rule, "Asquith! You're heartless! You're cruel! 'Twill never last!..." Signed...

Ireland With The Lid Off

Ireland With The Lid Off

Postcard showing 'Ireland With The Lid Off.' Depicting map of Ireland with Ulster (lid) open with Volunteers with rifles and bullets bursting out. Nat...

Ulster Hall, 27th September, 1912

Ulster Hall, 27th September, 1912

Ribbon badge with pin fastening at back. STEWART yellow and purple ribbon with ULSTER HALL, 27th September 1912. Belonging to a stewart from the Ulste...

Searching for Arms in Ulster

Searching for Arms in Ulster

Postcard depicting the ‘Searching for arms in Ulster' Historic events Number Twelve.’ RIC men perched on a rooftop....

We're Doing Our Duty

We're Doing Our Duty

Photographic postcard with image of Royal Avenue Belfast, with uniformed soldier to left, surmounted by Union Flag and Ulster Flag motto 'We're Doing ...

Searching for Arms in Ulster

Searching for Arms in Ulster

Postcard depicting ‘Searching for Arms in Ulster,' RIC men searching an Ulsterman who is wearing an ‘Ulster’ greatcoat. The card assures us that ‘abou...

Ulster's Watch

Ulster's Watch

Postcard of poem 'Ulster's Watch,' by Thomas Canning - dedicated to our Brave Leaders - Sir Edward Carson and Mr Bonar Law, and our grand Old Orange I...

With the Gun-Runners of Ulster

With the Gun-Runners of Ulster

Booklet entitled 'With the Gun-Runners of Ulster.' A contemporary account of the Gun-Running Exploit of 24th April, 1914. First published in 1914, rev...

Searching for Arms in Ulster

Searching for Arms in Ulster

Postcard depicting a scene showing the ‘Searching for arms in Ulster – Historic Events Number Nine’. RIC men searching clumsily in barrels and dog ken...

With the Gun-Runners of Ulster

With the Gun-Runners of Ulster

Booklet entitled 'With the Gun-Runners of Ulster.' 'The History of a Plot that did not fail.'...

Kitchener's Ulster Volunteer Army in the Making at Ballykinlar Camp

Kitchener's Ulster Volunteer Army in the Making at Ballykinlar Camp

Postcard showing 'Kitchener's Ulster Volunteer Army in the Making at Ballykinlar Camp (North and East Belfast Regiments).'...

Joah's Ark

Joah's Ark

Anti-Home Rule postcard; 'Joah's Ark' with satirical cartoon with a portrayal of nationalist West Belfast as a place of no hygiene and rank voter impe...

Searching for Arms in Ulster

Searching for Arms in Ulster

Postcard depicting 'Searching for Arms in Ulster.' Police search a woman’s bedroom, while on the wall hangs the text ‘Seek and ye shall find.’ Histori...

Ulster 1914

Ulster 1914

Anti-Home Rule postcard depicting the Union Jack Flag 'Ulster 1914,' and red hand symbol with two rifles crossed. ‘In the hush of desperation to conqu...

The New Map: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ulster

The New Map: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ulster

Anti-Home Rule postcard featuring 'The New Map: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ulster.' Ulster and Britain coloured red; verse reading 'May Brita...

Ulster's ABC

Ulster's ABC

Monochrome anti-Home Rule postcard 'Ulster's A.B.C' ; posted to Mr E Craig, from Belfast in October 1913....

The principal members of the Provisional Government of Ulster

The principal members of the Provisional Government of Ulster

Photographic postcard showing principal members of the Provisional Government of Ulster in formal attire. Including William Moore, Lord Dunleath, Lord...

Have you Forgotten?

Have you Forgotten?

Anti-Home Rule postcard ‘Have you forgotten – shall British troops be used against Ulster? ‘ Boer war Scots soldier points Redmond to a poster procla...

Signing the Covenant

Signing the Covenant

Circular badge with pin fastening at back. 'Signing the Covenant, We Will Not Have Home Rule, Ulster Day Sept. 28 1912.'...

Audience at Ulster Hall Meeting

Audience at Ulster Hall Meeting

Photographic postcard of the 'Audience at Ulster Hall Meeting, addressed by Sir Edward Carson and other prominent leaders, Ulster Day Eve, Sept. 27, 1...

No Home Rule

No Home Rule

Anti-Home Rule postcard 'One Flag, One Throne, One Empire.' Postcard features a Union Jack and images of City Hall, Westminster and Buckingham Palace ...

Bravo, Ulster!

Bravo, Ulster!

Postcard entitled 'Bravo, Ulster! Unloading the Guns at Bangor Pier.' Historic Events Series No.5....

Home Rule Parliament 1915

Home Rule Parliament 1915

Anti-Home Rule postcard featuring 'Paddies' fighting with shillelaghs inscribed 'Home Rule Parliament 1915. Discussing the Military Defences of the Ki...

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