Identity Statement for Circular letter from the Executive Committee of Irish Volunteers
- Reference code: IE UCDA P33/C
- Title: Circular letter from the Executive Committee of Irish Volunteers
- Dates: 1914–15
- Level of description: Item
- Extent: 5pp
The Irish Volunteers were founded on 25 November 1913 at the Rotunda in Dublin in response to a call from Eoin MacNeill that nationalists should form their own force comparable to the Ulster Volunteers, the organisation comprised c.160,000 members by the beginning of World War 1. The majority of the membership followed John Redmond’s call to enlist in the British army, forming the National Volunteers and leaving a rump of radical nationalists who reorganised and planned the Easter Rising. In 1920 the Volunteers became the Irish Republican Army.
Circular letter from the Executive Committee of the Irish Volunteers concerning the organisation’s opposition to the introduction of conscription proposed by the coalition government of Great Britain.