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Young Citizen Volunteers of Ireland

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Young Citizen Volunteers of Ireland lapel badge. In centre, red hand of Ulster with crown on top. The Young Citizen Volunteers was, officially, Ireland-wide, although it was mainly a Belfast-based, militia group established in 1912. Initially it adopted an officially politically neutral stance but it quickly became associated with Unionism and opposition to the Irish Home Rule Movement. During the First World War it became closely linked to the Ulster Volunteers before ultimately being subsumed by that group.

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