Irish Citizen Army

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Irish Citizen Army. Ulster responded to the introduction of the third Home Rule Bill in 1912 with the ‘Ulster covenant’ and prepared for armed resistance. A section of the nationalists retorted with a Citizen Army in November 1913, which began drilling. Led by James Connolly, it was one of a number of nationalist paramilitary groups, not always on good terms with each other. But it took part in the occupation of the General Post Office during the Easter week rising of 1916 and made a raid on Dublin castle.

J. A. Cannon