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ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.

ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.

Belfast Telegraph

Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Balmoral Showgrounds.  27/9/1962

Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Balmoral Showgrounds. 27/9/1962

ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.

ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.

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ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.The Women of Ulster. A detachment of nurses, which includes many of the leading Ulster ladies of that period, all specially trained.

ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.The Women of Ulster. A detachment of nurses, which includes many of the leading Ulster ladies of that period, all specially trained.

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ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.Inspection of the UVF nurses.

ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.Inspection of the UVF nurses.

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ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.U.V.F. Dungannon 4th Battallion, Tyrone Regiment.

ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.U.V.F. Dungannon 4th Battallion, Tyrone Regiment.

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ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.

ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.

Belfast Telegraph

ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.

ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.

Belfast Telegraph

Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Malone Park.  29/9/1962

Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Malone Park. 29/9/1962

Belfast Telegraph: Page Ones/SIGNING OF THE Ulster Covenant. ULSTER SCENES. 30/9/1912

Belfast Telegraph: Page Ones/SIGNING OF THE Ulster Covenant. ULSTER SCENES. 30/9/1912

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Press Eye - Belfast Northern Ireland - Thursday 21st  June 2012 - Ulster Covenant ExhibitionDaily Sketch front page 1912Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast Northern Ireland - Thursday 21st June 2012 - Ulster Covenant ExhibitionDaily Sketch front page 1912Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast Northern Ireland - Thursday 21st  June 2012 - Ulster Covenant ExhibitionFawney Heroes BannerPicture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Press Eye - Belfast Northern Ireland - Thursday 21st June 2012 - Ulster Covenant ExhibitionFawney Heroes BannerPicture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Balmoral Showgrounds.  29/9/1962

Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Balmoral Showgrounds. 29/9/1962

The Ulster Covenant Jubilee Commemoration Committee meet in Unionist Headquarters, Belfast.  Presiding was Mr John Bryans, chairman and Grand Master of the Belfast County Grand Orange Lodge.  Beside him are Mr H Radcliffe (right) and Mr RJ McMullan, general secretary.  8/9/1962

The Ulster Covenant Jubilee Commemoration Committee meet in Unionist Headquarters, Belfast. Presiding was Mr John Bryans, chairman and Grand Master of the Belfast County Grand Orange Lodge. Beside him are Mr H Radcliffe (right) and Mr RJ McMullan, general secretary. 8/9/1962

A section of the crowd at Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Balmoral Showgrounds. 2/10/1962

A section of the crowd at Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations at Balmoral Showgrounds. 2/10/1962

Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations on Royal Avenue, Belfast.  29/9/1962

Covenant Day Jubilee celebrations on Royal Avenue, Belfast. 29/9/1962

Sir Edward Carson puts the first signature on the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall in 1912

Sir Edward Carson puts the first signature on the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall in 1912

Sir Edward Carson puts the first signature on the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall.  28/9/1912

Sir Edward Carson puts the first signature on the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall. 28/9/1912

Sir Edward Carson signing the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall.  28/9/1912

Sir Edward Carson signing the Ulster Covenant at Belfast City Hall. 28/9/1912

The Ulster Covenant, first page signatures.

The Ulster Covenant, first page signatures.

Covenant day in Belfast 28/09/1912

Covenant day in Belfast 28/09/1912

convenant day northern ireland 28/09/1912

convenant day northern ireland 28/09/1912

ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.

ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.

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ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.The Ulster Volunteer force being addressed by Edward Carson

ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.The Ulster Volunteer force being addressed by Edward Carson

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Ulster’s working landscape has changed massively a century on from the days of the Ulster Covenant signed by Edward Carson

Ulster’s working landscape has changed massively a century on from the days of the Ulster Covenant signed by Edward Carson

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ULSTER VOLUNTEER FORCE: U.V.F. 1913.

There was an historic lesson waiting for unionism at the heart of their Covenant strategy. As the tension built between unionists and the Government in London over plans for Irish Home Rule, calamity was at hand.


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