We Won’t Have Home Rule

Northern Protestants prepare to resistance the Home Rule act. Clockwise from top left, gun-running on the Clyde Valley, the Covenant, Carson and the Central Antrim Volunteers (see also M04206), mounted rifles of the Ulster Volunteers (see also M00545).

The plaque reads “They shall not grow old/As those who were left behind grow old//Age shall not weary them/Or the years condemn//As the going down of the sun/And in the morning//We will remember them” (Binyon ‘For The Fallen‘)

Forhill Drive, Ballyduff, Newtownabbey.

M05688 [M05689] [M05690] [M05691] [M05692] [M05693] [M05694]

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Wheatfield Action Project

This is the second generation of a series of boards on Ballysilland Road depicting (as the info board states “a series of scenes from the 20th century which have strong resonance with the local community”. The first generation can be seen in 20th Century Northern Ireland. Most of the changes are at the start/left-hand side: the info board replaces the first two panels, which were of the Cavehill Road and the Clyde Valley, and (next in line) only one of the three scenes of Belfast on Ulster Day survives. Carson signing the covenant is followed by a new double-sized panel of Fernhill House, specifically of “the 2nd West Belfast Battalion of the UVF … on parade”, and then the rest as before, but with the order of the “Sunningdale Agreement of 1973” and “Ulster Workers Council’s ‘Constitutional Stoppage’ of May 1974” panels reversed (i.e. now in chronological order). “Parliament Buildings at Stormont, opened by the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VIII) on 16 November 1932, completes the mural.”

M04335 [M04336] [M04337] [M04338] [M04339] [M04340] [M04341] [M04342] [M04343] M04344 [M04345] [M04346] [M04347] [M04348] M04349 [M04350]

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Rex Bar

This is the scene in the outdoor seating to the Rex Bar on the Shankill Road. The arch is dedicated to the 36th (Ulster) Division at the Battle Of The Somme. On the side of the betting office, Carson signs the Ulster Covenant (Mo2454), Carson reviews the Ulster Volunteers (Mo2453), and a farmer’s wife protects the farm, both during WWI and from “sectarian attack from across the border” (M02452). The Union Flag to the left is in progress. Shankill Road at (formerly) Moscow Street.


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Ulster Volunteers

The Ulster Volunteers were formed in response to the Home Rule bill of April 1912 and the Covenant signed in September 1912, first by Edward Carson and then by almost half a million others. Guns were smuggled into Larne on the Clyde Valley in April 1914 but the advent of the World War saw the volunteers instead joining the British Army. Shankill Road, Belfast. Previously seen, in better shape, in 2005.


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The Peoples Army

This Ulster Volunteers/UVF board in Sperrin Park, Londonderry, includes familiar imagery from the Covenant to Long Kesh. The most unusual element is the inclusion of the Ulster Defence Union manifesto from St Patrick’s Day 1893 behind the hooded gunmen in the top right (for more on the UDU, see Bygone Days).


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Ulster 1912-1914

These three murals are at the Rex Bar (Moscow Street, Belfast), celebrating resistance to Home Rule – Covenant Day September 28th 1912; the formation of the Ulster Volunteers, being reviewed at Fernhill House in Glencairn Park by Edward Carson; “Deserted! Well I can stand alone”; and (in post-partition Northern Ireland) “a [masked!] Protestant farmer’s wife guards her husband against sectarian attack from across the border”.

M02454 M02453 M02452 [M02451] [M02450]

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[M05722] [M05723] [M05748] [M05749]
(close-ups of the small boards along the top)
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