PRODUCT INFORMATION FOR CARONS ARMY FOR GOD AND ULSTER
Carons Army For God and Ulster
Carsonís Army the Ulster Volunteer Force was formed by the Ulster Unionist Council (UUC) in January 1913 in response to the possible imposition of Home Rule in Ireland.
Prior to this groups of men had begun the process of organising themselves, practicing drill, using the many Rifle Clubs that existed and/or joining Unionist Clubs organised by Lord Templedown. It was clear to the UUC that whilst there was a structure for many groups for others this wasnít the case.
Following the huge rally at the home of James Craig on the outskirts of east Belfast in September 1911 the Council set up a working group to plot the way forward for the Unionists of Ireland and in particular those located in the province of Ulster. The massive rally held on Easter Tuesday 1912 at Balmoral, Carsonís Trail and the hugely successful signing of the Ulster Covenant by almost an entire community were all part of the strategy drawn up by the five men who made up the ďCommissionĒ as it was known. The formation of a fighting force capable of ensuring that Ulster would remain British was the next piece of the jigsaw.
Our forefathers had demonstrated their ability to plan, organise and run a successful campaign. There is little doubt that the formation of the Ulster Volunteer Force alongside a Provisional Government would test all their skills to the maximum.
The people of Ulster need not have feared. Carson, Craig, Crawford and the other leaders of Unionism rose to the challenge. The formation of the Ulster Volunteer Force along British military lines, the various component parts such as a Transport Corp, Nursing, Signalling etc along with providing the necessary equipment and training was a huge undertaking and one that made many including the British Government sit up and take notice. What our forefathers achieved militarily was quite simply breathtaking.
This book sets out to give a flavour of the birth of Carsonís Army, what happened in parts of the country, how it was organised and was it armed. Itís a fascinating read and an essential addition to your library on the Home Rule Crises. It is also one of a series of books that all being well will be published with the purpose of informing people of the steps our forefathers took 100 years ago to ensure that we remain part of the United Kingdom to this very day. We believe that by producing this book we can go some way to removing myths around the gallant men and women of the Ulster Volunteer Force.
The book has been written by Quincey Dougan with assistance from the East End Great War Society and facilitated by East Belfast Historical Community Association.
Quincey Dougan is well known in the band circles being an active member of Kilcluney Volunteers Flute Band based in Markethill, County Armagh. He also writes articles in relation to the band scene and the UVF in the Newsletter. Quincey has toured the length and breadth of Northern Ireland giving informative talks on the latter.
The two east Belfast groups work closely together to promote our history and culture whilst remembering the sacrifices of our forefathers. Both are based in the Pitt Park area.