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1972-74: Height of Violence

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1972-74: Height of Violence

The period from 1972 to 1974 saw the level of violence peak, in 1972 alone nearly five hundred people were killed. At a conference in Sunningdale in England in December 1973 an agreement was reached which set out a structure for a new executive that would include an 'Irish Dimension' linking Northern Ireland and the Republic. Most unionists were opposed to the agreement because they believed it would lead to a united Ireland. In May 1974 a loyalist industrial stoppage in opposition to Sunningdale brought Northern Ireland's economy to a standstill and unionist members resigned from the Northern Ireland Executive bringing the Sunningdale deal to a close.

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Vote Robert Bradford

Vote Robert Bradford

Poster issued by the United Ulster Unionist Council for one of the 1974 UK General Elections of that year. 'United Unionists, Vote Robert Bradford for...

UVF Long Kesh

UVF Long Kesh

Painted on glass placard dedicated to U.V.F, R.H.C., and Y.C.V. This picture features images associated with the Ulster Volunteer Force and linked par...

Ulster Defence Regiment

Ulster Defence Regiment

A recruitment brochure for the Ulster Defence Regiment portraying a UDR soldier in a more active pose....

BADGE; stamp

BADGE; stamp

Pin fastening badge with a piece of sponge adhered onto a piece of white cardboard which has the Ulster Vanguard Party Badge stamped on it. These were...

Force Feeding is Torture

Force Feeding is Torture

This poster is one of a series produced by supporters of eight republicans convicted of exploding car bombs in London in March 1973. The ten week long...

Victory to the IRA 1974

Victory to the IRA 1974

Poster issued by the I. R. A., Irish Republican Army, printed in pink with black text, over an image of a of an IRA activist with a machine-gun in Der...

You Can’t Have it Both Ways

You Can’t Have it Both Ways

Poster with Union Flag and Tricolour separated by an egg timer, 'You can't have it Both Ways; Council of Ireland, British Heritage. Save Ulster, Sign ...

Vote Paisley

Vote Paisley

An election poster produced for the Westminster Election Campaign, February 28th 1974. 'Vote Paisley, Service Ever - Surrender Never,' with a Union Ja...

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vanguard Unionist Party poster, blue and orange on white. 'Say Yes to the Party with an Honest Voice.' Poster for the Assembly Elections 1973. The par...

Allen & Young NILP

Allen & Young NILP

Northern Ireland Labour Party poster. No. 1 & 2 in order of your preference ALLEN & YOUNG NILP. Published by NILP, Cheviot Ave, Belfast....

Vote SDLP

Vote SDLP

Northern Ireland Local Government Elections 30th May 1973, SDLP Belfast Area D. Highlighting candidates; Gillespie, McCarron, mckenna, O'Connor, O'Don...

Vote Alliance 1,2 & 3

Vote Alliance 1,2 & 3

Poster with Alliance insignia, black text on lime green background. Alliance Party Candidates; Crothers, Gawn and Tomlin for South Antrim, Assembly El...

Vote SDLP

Vote SDLP

Northern Ireland Election poster, with printed black text, 'Vote SDLP (Social Democratic and Labour Party).' An early SDLP poster produced for the 197...

Border Poll 1973

Border Poll 1973

Border Poll 1973 The Alliance Party says - Without Britain we're Sunk! Published by the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland, Alliance Headquarters, 6 ...

Polling Day, Wednesday 30th May 1973

Polling Day, Wednesday 30th May 1973

POLLING CARD of William G Grady, Silverstream Drive, Belfast. Ballysillan. Local Elections Northern Ireland 1973....

UNITY IS STRENGTH

UNITY IS STRENGTH

Election literature, hand bill - UNITY IS STRENGTH. Only an Ulsterman can represent Ulstermen and women at Westminster. Vote Thus: PAISLEY. Published ...

Vote Kennedy

Vote Kennedy

Incomplete poster 'Vote Kennedy.' This poster refers to Paddy Kennedy. Standing for Republican Labour in West Belfast during the 1973 NI Assembly elec...

ORMEAU 1972

ORMEAU 1972

Sheet of 4 stickers ORMEAU 1972 Ulster Vanguard....

Dublin is Just a Sunningdale away

Dublin is Just a Sunningdale away

This poster was produced for the February 1974 UK General Election, at Westminster. 'Dublin is just a sunningdale away, Vote United Unionist - Paisley...

Joe McCann, Soldier of the People

Joe McCann, Soldier of the People

This poster featuring the silhouette image of Official IRA activist Joe McCann, taken from a photograph which featured in Life magazine. 'Joe McCann -...

Republican Movement

Republican Movement

Poster issued by Republican movement. Printed red on white. 'Republican Movement, Easter Parade Leaves Beechmount 3pm.'...

Andersontown News

Andersontown News

This poster advertises the Andersonstown News a local newspaper focussing on events in west Belfast. The paper was initially established in 1972 by Ba...

United Ulster Unionists

United Ulster Unionists

Leaflet; UUU Rt. Hon. Wm. Craig - East Belfast, Work together, Win together. Vote Craig, William X on Thursday 28th February 1974...

Ulster Defence Regiment

Ulster Defence Regiment

A recruitment leaflet for the Ulster Defence Regiment. 'The newest Regiment in the British Army.'...

Bodenstown 1972

Bodenstown 1972

Poster issued by Sinn Fein, black on white. 'Bodenstown 1972,' Wolfe Tone Commemoration Parade, Sallins, Co. Kilkare. Sunday June 18th 1972. Speaker, ...

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vanguard Unionist Party poster, blue and orange on white. 'Say No to Yesterday's Men.' Poster for the Assembly Elections 1973. The party was opposed ...

Ulster Vanguard

Ulster Vanguard

Ulster Vanguard poster printed black on white. 'Willie Whitewash.. I'll soon have this job finished.' Issued by the Ulster Vanguard as an attack on Wi...

Vote Ferguson, Lantin, McManus

Vote Ferguson, Lantin, McManus

Northern Ireland Local Govt. Elections, 30th May 1973. Alliance Party, Belfast area H. 'Vote Ferguson, Lantin, McManus.' Printed black on yellow. The ...

Warning to Voters

Warning to Voters

An official Government poster used during Westminster Election Campaign, 28th February 1974. Issued as a warning to voters about personating an electo...

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Ulster Vanguard poster printed blue on 'day-glo' orange. 'Say Yes for a New Constitution.' Vanguard Unionist Party for Assembly Elections 1973. The pa...

VOTE SDLP

VOTE SDLP

Poster issued by the SDLP (Social Democratic Labour Party), Larkfield Branch. Produced in May 1973, screen-printed black on yellow dayglo background. ...

Labour

Labour

Northern Ireland Labour Party poster Vote for Candidates Hannon, Moyna and Watson for Belfast, Electoral Area D. In Belfast area D the NILP candidates...

Stop

Stop

A poster produced by the anti-Sunningdale Agreement unionist umbrella organisation the United Ulster Unionist Council in early 1974. The anti-Sunningd...

VANGUARD

VANGUARD

Adhesive badge; VANGUARD - United for Ulster...

THE STATE OF THE UNION

THE STATE OF THE UNION

Poster itemising constitutional and other differences in the existing Union between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, relating to rule of law, terro...

Vote Bill Craig

Vote Bill Craig

Poster issued by the Vanguard Unionist Party for the June 1973 Northern Ireland Assembly election. 'Do not be vague men - vote Bill Craig. Vanguard Un...

Peace With Justice

Peace With Justice

Peace with Justice; Proposals for Peace in a new Federal Ireland. Sinn Fein Information Office, April 1974....

Vote McMaster

Vote McMaster

Poster printed with blue, red, black and blue text on white and Union Jack flag. This poster was produced for the February 1974 UK General Election. S...

Declaration of Intent

Declaration of Intent

Leaflet issued by the Ulster Vanguard entitled 'Ulster Vanguard Action Rallies/ Declaration of Intent and Covenant to Act, 'Ulster Vanguard Ulster Vii...

Loyalists Time is Running Out

Loyalists Time is Running Out

Poster with Union Flag and Tricolour seaparated by an egg timer. This poster produced by the anti-Sunningdale Agreement unionist umbrella organisation...

Vote United Unionist

Vote United Unionist

Poster printed red on white, for Northern Ireland Local Government Elections 30th May 1973. United Unionists, Vote for Barbour, Gault, Nicholl for Lim...

Stop Vandalism

Stop Vandalism

'Stop Vandalism, This is Sandy Row 74.' Poster printed with black and white image of derelict buildings badly damaged in the Sandy Row area. In additi...

A President for all the Nation

A President for all the Nation

Poster for the Irish Presidential Election, May 1973. Black and white photograph of Erskine Childers, with white and yellow lettering. This poster was...

You Can't Have it Both Ways

You Can't Have it Both Ways

A poster produced by the anti-Sunningdale Agreement unionist umbrella organisation the United Ulster Unionist Council in early 1974. Printed black, re...

Wille Whitewash

Wille Whitewash

Ulster Vanguard poster printed black on yellow. 'Willie Whitewash,' protraying Secretary of State William Whitelaw obliterating the figures of those k...

Save the Union

Save the Union

Democratic Ulster Party poster, black, blue and red on white with two photographs of weapons and image of Union Flag. 'Save the Union.' For Referendum...

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vote Vanguard Unionist

Vanguard Unionist Party poster, blue and orange on white. 'Keep Ulster in Your Safe Hands.' Poster for the Assembly Elections 1973. The party was oppo...

Vote for your Ulster Heritage

Vote for your Ulster Heritage

Poster issued by Ulster Vanguard on the occasion of the Referendum 1973. 'Vote for your Ulster Heritage on March 8th, Put your X where it counts.' Pri...

Alliance

Alliance

Alliance Party Candidates; Glass, Graham, McCollum and Sommerville for South Belfast, Assembly Elections 1973. In South Belfast Alliance put forward f...

Vote McQuade

Vote McQuade

Poster issued by the United Unionist Council. Printed in red and blue with a photograph of candidate. 'United Unionists, Vote McQuade.' In 1974 UK Gen...

Vote Unionist

Vote Unionist

This poster was produced by the Ulster Unionist Party for the 1973 local government (District Council) election. This was the first Northern Ireland e...

Towards the Future

Towards the Future

Poster issued by the Unionist Publicity Department in 1973. 'Towards the Future,' with hands clasped over outline of Northern Ireland. Printed blue an...

Vote for Majority Rule

Vote for Majority Rule

Ulster Constitution Party Candidate Lindsay Mason for East Belfast, for Assembly Elections 1973. In the elections Mason received 202 first preference ...

Think of their Tomorrows

Think of their Tomorrows

Alliance Party poster; 'Think of their Tomorrows.' Printed black on white. This recruiting poster was published in 1972 shortly after the introduction...

VOTE FITT

VOTE FITT

Westminster General Election polling day 28th February 1974, Vote Fitt, SDLP leader, with James Connolly quote 'The cause of Labour is the cause of Ir...

The United Ulsterman

The United Ulsterman

'The United Ulsterman,' An Ulster Vanguard Publication, January issue, 1973, Price: 5p. Headline: 1973 - Year of Make or Break. This edition of the Ul...

Get Together with Alliance

Get Together with Alliance

Alliance candidates Bob Cooper, Reggie Donnelly and Maureen Smyth for West Belfast, Assembly Elections 1973. Printed blue on white. In west Belfast Bo...

No. 1 McCloskey

No. 1 McCloskey

Poster issued by the SDLP for the 1973 Northern Ireland Assembly election. 'Vote SDLP, A New North A New Ireland.' Printed black on pink paper. Vincen...

VOTE Kilfedder

VOTE Kilfedder

Election Communication; Polling Day Thurs 28th Feb, VOTE KILFEDDER Official Unionist Assemblyman North Down. Addressed to Yvonne McCaughan, Newtownard...

Your SDLP Team

Your SDLP Team

Your SDLP Team, Copy Ballot Paper. Vote No.1 For the Candidate marked, then SDLP 2, 3, 4 in order of your choice....

Vote Dunlop

Vote Dunlop

Poster issued by the United Ulster Unionist Council was produced for one of the two UK General Elections held in 1974. Vote Dunlop, United Ulster Unio...

Internment Rule Not Okay!

Internment Rule Not Okay!

Poster issued by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement on the third anniversary of the introduction of internment without trial. In August 1971, ...

Unionists Unite For Ulster

Unionists Unite For Ulster

Poster issued by the Ulster Unionist Council. 'Unionists Unite For Ulster Against Terrorism Inflation Separation, Make Your Vote Count - Vote McQuade....

Ulster Vanguard - Dance

Ulster Vanguard - Dance

Leaflet issued by the Ulster Canadian Loyalist Association in association with Ulster Vanguard advertising a Dance in the Estonian Hall, 958 Broadview...

Ulster Vanguard

Ulster Vanguard

Leaflet issued by the Ulster Canadian Loyalist Association in association with Ulster Vanguard advertising a the First Dance of Season, in the Masonic...

Free the Winchester 8

Free the Winchester 8

Anti-British Government, red and white banner-style poster, 'Free the Winchester 8.' This poster is one of a series produced by supporters of eight re...

Songs - Poems and Verse

Songs - Poems and Verse

Booklet entitled ' The Orange Cross; Songs, Poems and Verse' (Second Edition), subtitled 'Their only crime is Loyalty', offshoot of the Orange cross n...

Security Stepped up at Belfast Museum

Security Stepped up at Belfast Museum

Poster issued by the Newsletter, 'Security Stepped up at Belfast Museum.'...

No Rents, Rates, Arrears until Internment Ends

No Rents, Rates, Arrears until Internment Ends

Poster from the early to mid 1970s encouraging support for a rent and rates strike in opposition to internment. The poster shows an image of an evicti...

The Dagger of Treason Strikes at the Heart of Ulster

The Dagger of Treason Strikes at the Heart of Ulster

printed copy of an address entitled 'The Dagger of Treachery Strikes at the Heart of Ulster', by the Rev Ian R.K. Paisley, made in Martyrs Memorial Fr...

End Internment

End Internment

Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association poster, 'End Internment.' Black and white photographs of internees Liz McKee, Theresa Holland, Margaret Shan...

Dominion of Ulster

Dominion of Ulster

Booklet entitled 'Dominion of Ulster' regarding dominion status for NI within Commonwealth; An Ulster Vanguard publication. This pamphlet was produced...

May 7th - March

May 7th - March

This poster was produced by the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association in the early 1970s. The poster calls for participants to march with the weap...

Photographic Print

Photographic Print

One of a series of pictures taken by loyalist prisoners inside the Maze Prison, often referred to as Long Kesh by both loyalist and republican prisone...

The Twelfth

The Twelfth

The official programme for the Twelfth celebrations in July 1972. The front cover features a portrait of John Knox the key figure in Protestant Reform...

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