Irish Unionism and the New Ireland

  • Patrick Buckland
Part of the Problems in Focus Series book series (PFS)


The complexity of the Irish Unionist response to the New Ireland is well captured in contrasting reactions to the 1916 Rising. One Belfast Protestant businessman wrote to his wife:

We are having a little rebellion here just by way of a change.… Isn’t it all like a comic opera founded on the Wolf[e] Tone fiasco a hundred years ago? … I am only afraid of … isolated Protestants in out of the way places being murdered. Otherwise it is a good business its having come to a head, & I hope we shall deal thoroughly with these pests.1


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