|Organisation :||Waterford County Museum|
|Article Title :||The Struggle For Freedom In West Waterford|
|Page Title :||The Ulster And National Volunteers|
|Page Number :||3|
|Publication Date :||11 October 2010|
|Expiry Date :||Never Expires|
|Category :||Irish War of Independence 1919 - 1921|
When the Home Rule Bill looked likely to be passed the Orange element in the North, led by Carson formed the Ulster Volunteers to resist by force if necessary, any type of rule other than English Rule for the Irish people. This led to the founding of the Irish Volunteers in the Rotunda in Dublin in November 1913. The call was taken up with enthusiasm by young men and old in every parish. They practised foot drill, route marches and exercises with wooden rifles. The O'Rahilly and many other leaders visited this county on organising tours and addressed meetings in many places. In a few cases Volunteers had managed to obtain rifles by purchasing them from British Soldiers and licensed [arms] dealers. Some places had three or four Companies of Volunteers and they elected Company Officers, so in a short time the movement became a strong and virile force. Volunteers paid a few pence weekly to purchase arms from G.H.Q.