This is part of a series of eight lectures on the 1916 Rising, by Dr. Miriam Moffitt of the Department of History, NUI Maynooth.
Lecture 2 examines Ulster's opposition to Home Rule, exploring the reasons underlying this. The establishment of the Ulster Volunteer Force (1912) and the signing of the Irish Covenant (September 1912) is outlined and also the consequent foundation of the Irish Volunteers (1913). The escalation of these rival paramilitary forces is explained. The impact of the outbreak of World War 1 (August 1914) on these organisations is examined, as is the formation and growth of the Irish Citizens Army.
The lecture series is free of charge and all are welcome!