Edward Carson, ‘No one on earth is so clearly the “typical Irishman”‘

Edward Carson rose in the Lords on December 3 1929 and made a number of points about the Irish Free State and the Privy Council, the legal forum the young Irish state was seeking to do away with. Interestingly, he called the Anglo-Irish Treaty the “Treaty of surrender and betrayal”.  On the matter of his identity, he said: “I am very proud as an Irishman to be a member of the British Empire.” He also said: “I was born and …

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Going Forward Together (or not): Winston Churchill and the Unionist cause

It looks impressive, doesn’t it? The face has the look of determined, quiet confidence, with a backdrop of ever-ready war material underlying how serious he is about his country’s advance. Underneath are unmistakable stirring words of leadership: “Let Us Go Forward Together”. There is a long and interesting history behind the slogan. Winston Churchill, who died exactly fifty years ago, used it in two speeches – both of them conflict-themed. The poster was issued shortly after he had been given …

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How could Carson attend a Covenant commemoration? Bring the rally to Stormont!

Northern Ireland Parliament Buildings - Edward Carson statue

While the County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast will be marching to Ormeau Park in May, the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland are going one better later in the year. As the rhyme might go: Oh, the grand old Duke of York Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, He had ten thousand quite a lot of men; He marched them up to the top of the Hill, And he marched them down again. That’s right. Edward Carson’s statue in front of …

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Robinson: “Only those who can adapt to changing circumstances remain standing”

The following is the body of a speech given this evening in Dublin by Northern Ireland’s First Minister and leader of the DUP, Peter Robinson… The Edward Carson Lecture, “Reflections on Irish Unionism” in Iveagh House in Dublin… Though a statue of Lord Carson takes pride of place in front of Parliament Buildings at Stormont, a Northern Ireland Parliament was an institution he had not sought. Though he did so much for unionism and Northern Ireland, he regarded the failure …

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“The issue of Carson is academic…”

At the press launch of the inaugural “Poc ar an Cnoc” Edward Carson Hurling Trophy, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams leaned heavily on the image of ‘Carson the hurler’ to explain what could have been seen as a deliberately provocative gesture “I discovered, much to my surprise, that Carson was a hurler in his days at Trinity College (Dublin),” said Adams at Monday’s launch in Parliament Buildings. “So this man who is arguably the father of unionism was also a Gael …

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