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1900-1923 Home Rule to Partition

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1900-1923 Home Rule to Partition

More ships have been destroyed on Tuskar Rock than on any other Irish coastal feature. This low and featureless outcrop lies 7 miles off the Wexford coast, waiting to ensnare unsuspecting ships. It took three years and 14 lives to build its lighthouse in the early 1800s. It was at this forbidding place that the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) organised the rendezvous between the SS Fanny, carrying 216 tons of guns and ammunition, and the SS Clyde Valley, soon to be renamed the Mountjoy II, in the audacious Larne gun-running of 1914. The Clyde Valley took on its cargo of contraband weapons and sailed to Larne amid an Ulster-wide UVF mobilisation that preoccupied the authorities. UVF volunteers from all over the province lined the roads to Larne harbour in cars and lorries, ready to secret the weapons in anticipation of the passing of the Home Rule Bill.

The Home Rule movement was the dominant force in Irish nationalist politics from the 1870s. Charles Stewart Parnell’s Irish Parliamentary Party (IPP) had supplanted the Liberal, Conservative, and Unionist parties that had once dominated the Irish political scene. Liberal governments in Westminster had attempted to pass two Home Rule Bills by 1912, only to be defeated in the House of Lords. The Liberals formed a new government in 1910 with the support of the IPP, on the condition that a fresh Home Rule Bill be introduced. Unionists were alarmed, and were prepared to resist with violence if the need arose. The UVF, formerly unarmed, hatched the Larne gun-running to arm their ranks.

The National Museums NI Home Rule to Partition collection highlights this crisis with examples of propaganda from both the Home Rule and Unionist campaigns, and artefacts and weapons from the Mountjoy II.

The First World War prevented the Home Rule Act 1914 being implemented, and the Easter Rising complicated an already difficult political situation. The collection includes a wide array of First War artefacts, including personal belongings and medals from both sides. We hold a fascinating collection of pieces from Ireland in this period too, illustrating the rapid constitutional and social changes that were occurring. There are items from the Easter Rising and the partition of Ireland, and pieces that demonstrate the rising role of the women’s movement, and labour organisations.

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Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 4.-100 - 17.8.10. Delivery Date 15 APR 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Handed in at CARPATHIA. To : CAPTAIN HADDOCK OLYMPIC RECEIVED 4.0 pm N.Y.T. SOUTH P...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 4.-100 - 17.8.10. Deld. Date 15 APR 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Handed in at S.S ASIAN. To : CAPTAIN OLYMPIC (Received 8.35 am NYT) ASIAN HEARD TITAN...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 1-100. - 17.11.11. Sent date 15 APR 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Office of Origin OLYMPIC. Service Instructions: SENT TO SABLE ISLAND 7.45 am EST. To:...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 4.-100. - 17.8.10. Delivery Date 15 APR 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Handed in at NEW YORK. To : CAPTAIN HADDOCK OLYMPIC (Received from Sable Island 5...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 1-100 - 17.11.11. Sent date 15 APRIL 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Office of Origin OLYMPIC. Service Instructions : SENT TO CARPATHIA 2.35 PM N.Y.T. To ...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 1-100 - 17.11.11. Sent date 15 APRIL 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Office of Origin OLYMPIC. Service Instructions : SENT TO CARPATHIA 4.50 EST. To : CAP...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 4.-100 - 17.8.10. Delivery Date 15 APR 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Handed in at CARPATHIA. To : COMMANDER OLYMPIC. RECEIVED 3.18 PM N.Y.T. MR. BRUCE I...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 1-100 - 17.11.11. Sent date 15 APRIL 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Office of Origin OLYMPIC. Service Instructions : SENT TO CAPE RACE AT 4.35 pm EST. To...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 1-100 - 17.11.11. Sent date 15 APRIL 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Office of Origin OLYMPIC. Service Instructions : SENT VIA SABLE ISLAND AT 10.25 am ES...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 4.-100 - 17.8.10. Delivery Date 15 APR 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Handed in at MESABA. To : CAPTAIN OLYMPIC (Received 10.12 am NYT.) IN LAT 42 to LAT...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 4.-100 - 17.8.10. Delivery Date 15 APR 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Handed in at CARPATHIA. To : CAPTAIN OLYMPIC RECVD 5.40 pm EST. WILL SEND NAMES IMM...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 1-100. - 17.11.11. Sent date 14 APR 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Office of Origin OLYMPIC. Service Instructions : SENT TO TITANIC AT 11.50 PM N.Y.T. T...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 4.-100 - 17.8.10. Delivery Date 15 APR 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Handed in at S.S. PARISIAN. To : CAPTAIN OLYMPIC RECEIVED 10.35 am NYT. FIELD ICE E...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 4.-100 - 17.8.10. Delivery Date 15 APR 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Handed in at CARPATHIA. To : COMMANDER OLYMPIC RECEIVED 3.22 pm NYT. MR. ISMAY ORD...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 4.-100 - 17.8.10. Delivery Date 14 APR 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Handed in at TITANIC. To : 11.20 PM N.Y.T. EXCHANGED SIGNALS WITH THE TITANIC. HE ...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 4.-100 - 17.8.10. Delivery Date 15 APR 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Handed in at NEW YORK. To : COMMANDER OLYMPIC (Received from Sable Island 7.35am N...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 4.-100 - 17.8.10. Delivery Date 15 APR 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Handed in at CAPE RACE. To : OLYMPIC RECVD VIA SABLE ISLAND 10.17 am EST. CAPE RACE...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 1-100. - 17.11.11. Sent date 14 APR 1912. No. OLYMPIC , Office of Origin OLYMPIC. Service Instructions : SENT TO TITANIC AT 11.35 PM. N.Y.T. ...

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Titanic Marconi Telegram

Form No. 1-100 - 17.11.11. Sent date 15 APR 1912. No. OLYMPIC, Office of Origin OLYMPIC. Service Instructions : SENT VIA SABLE ISLAND AT 5.20 am EST. ...

25th Sept 1911

25th Sept 1911

Souvenir flag '25th September 1911,' featuring two Union Jack flags, Red Hand of Ulster and a Crown with banner inscribed ‘Naught Shall Make Us Rue If...

The Downfall of the treacherous Murders in Marrowbone, 1920

The Downfall of the treacherous Murders in Marrowbone, 1920

Printed ballad entitled 'The Downfall of the treacherous Murders in Marrowbone, 1920' headed by image of King William on a rearing horse. Price Twopen...

William Fairburn Timbey

William Fairburn Timbey

Dead Man's Penny; On front female figure holding laurel wreath in right hand, trident in left, lion at knees, dolphin at back and face, round edge "HE...

POSTER; Recruiting poster, Royal North Down Rifles

POSTER; Recruiting poster, Royal North Down Rifles

event : World War I;condition : good ; creased. issuing authority : Royal North Down Rifles. description : printed in red and blue ; crossed union fla...

Ration card, Ministry of Food

Ration card, Ministry of Food

event : World War I;condition : fair ; worn. issuing authority : Ministry of Food. description : numbered 948687 ; issued to Wm Foster of Lisbellaw ; ...

Ration card, Ministry of Food

Ration card, Ministry of Food

event : World War I;condition : good. issuing authority : Ministry of Food. description : numbered M 263053 ; issued to John A. Holness of Belfast ; l...

Postcard

Postcard

event : [World War I];condition : fair ; some wear. type : military. description : soldier with slung rifle peeking through door to look at seated wom...

Your Country Wants You ... Don't Wait but Join Now'

Your Country Wants You ... Don't Wait but Join Now'

First World War Recruiting poster; PRC No.102 Red, dark blue and white on a khaki background; Your Country Wants You and 300,000 more men like you Don...

Military Medal

Military Medal

Victory medal awarded to Private James O'Prey, Royal Irish Rifles. This medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure...

Army Medical Service

Army Medical Service

Canvas Red Cross armband from the First World War, belonging to Nurse Brolly. Marked with a red cross and stamped Army Medical Service No. 9, dated Se...

BOOKS; Trench books, German Army

BOOKS; Trench books, German Army

event : World War I;condition : good. description : 4 books in the series SCHUTZENGRABEN-BUCHER ; stapled.; production method :letterpress...

Photograph

Photograph

Photograph showing two nurses tending to a patient in a hospital bed. Belonged to Sister B. C. Brolly, a First World War nurse....

Photograph

Photograph

Photograph showing a nurse in a garden. Belonged to Sister B. C. Brolly, a First World War nurse....

Photograph

Photograph

Photograph showing a group of nurses in their nightdresses and with their hair down, smiling and sitting outdoors. Belonged to Sister B. C. Brolly, a ...

Photograph

Photograph

Photograph showing Sister B. C. Brolly at Amenion Rest Centre, France 1917. Soldiers are visible in the background....

Photograph

Photograph

Photograph showing Sister B. C. Brolly, a First World War nurse....

Eire: Cogad na Saoirse (The Fight for Freedom)

Eire: Cogad na Saoirse (The Fight for Freedom)

The Service Medal (1917 - 1921) Obverse, military figure with rifle. 4 squares in which are the arms of the 4 provinces of Eire divided by figure alon...

Surrender Document 1916

Surrender Document 1916

Copy of the surrender document from the leaders of the Easter Rising. "In order to prevent the further slaughter of Dublin citizens, and in the hope o...

Edward Carson

Edward Carson

piece of blotter attached to piece of card : used to blot the signature of Edward Carson when signing the Ulster Covenant: Production m...

HOME RULE AND TEMPERANCE. WHAT IT MEANS IN IRELAND

HOME RULE AND TEMPERANCE. WHAT IT MEANS IN IRELAND

Political Broadside Pamphlet. hand bill, printed both sides : list acts dealing with licensing and reaction of nationalists. Inscription : HOME RULE A...

Letter Seeking Support for Unionism

Letter Seeking Support for Unionism

Letter Seeking Support for Unionism. printed letterhead : duplicated letter in blue : ms signature : dated 1912-04-12 : thanks recipient for assistanc...

We Will Not Have Home Rule

We Will Not Have Home Rule

card in form of printed rosette : top roundel red border, orange and blue centre : drop blue with fork tail : text in white : on back pin attached by ...

Ulster Volunteer Force Membership Card

Ulster Volunteer Force Membership Card

Ulster Volunteer Force Membership Card. cloth reinforced card, red outer : single sheet folded : outside plain : inside double rule with square corner...

Ulster Volunteer Force Membership Card

Ulster Volunteer Force Membership Card

Ulster Volunteer Force Membership Card. cloth reinforced card, blue outer : single sheet folded : outside plain. Inscription : 2nd BATTALION. C. N. RE...

Political Broadside Pamphlet

Political Broadside Pamphlet

Political Broadside Pamphlet. hand bill, printed one side : refers to appointment of succession of managers of Lisnaskea Co-Operative Dairy. Inscripti...

Political Broadside Pamphlet

Political Broadside Pamphlet

Political Broadside Pamphlet. 2 sheets folded, printed both sides : staple : cover page title only. Inscription : THE ULSTER MOVEMENT: ITS HISTORY AND...

Political Broadside Pamphlet

Political Broadside Pamphlet

Political Broadside Pamphlet. hand bill, printed both sides. Inscription : MR. BIRRELL AND "HAPPY" QUEBEC. PAPAL HOME RULE. (BY CAPTAIN JAMES CRAIG, M...

Political Postcard

Political Postcard

Political Postcard. front printed in black on white : 6 verses of 4 lines : at top smug black cat with white bow : standard postcard back. Inscription...

Political Broadside Pamphlet

Political Broadside Pamphlet

Political Broadside Pamphlet. hand bill, printed one side. Inscription : CARDINAL MANNING AND HOME RULE. Production Method : printed...

Unionist Political Badge

Unionist Political Badge

Unionist Political Badge. card in form of printed rosette : top roundel orange border, blue and red centre : drop blue with fork tail : text in white ...

Card Seeking Subscriptions

Card Seeking Subscriptions

Card Seeking Subscriptions. card, printed one side only in blue and red : crossed union flag and royal standard with crown above, rose, shamrock and t...

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