1913 Ulster Volunteers

  • Led by Edward Carson, the prosecutor who put Oscar Wilde behind bars
  • dedicated to keeping Ireland in UK at any price
  • Organized in 1912 to resist Home Rule legislation from Britain
  • smuggled 25, 000 rifles into Ireland
  • raided armouries (with help from mutinous officers) of British Army
  • became police reserve to Ulster Special Constabulary
    1912 — allied with Irish Parlementary Party
    1912 — drills with Orange Order

1913 Ulster Volunteers

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