The United Irishmen Rebellion of 1798 had its roots in the discrimination practiced by the British. Led in the North by presbyterians such as Henry Joy McCracken, Jemmy Hope and General Henry Munro, they sought to establish a Republic in Ireland. While the native Irish Catholics suffered the brunt of British repression, the Presbyterians, although marginally better off, they also suffered exclusion and marginalisation. The growing disaffection in Ireland was influenced by the French and American Revolutions. Belfast was the crucible of a rebellion that was stirred and ignited by the revolutionary ideals of the era and turned into popular agitation and then armed insurrection. The rebellion was plotted and carried out by the Society of United Irishmen, founded in October 1791, which was forced into armed revolt by the futility of all peaceful and democratic pleas for reform. The uprising cost the lives of over fifty thousand people including most of the prominent leaders, but created a legacy of Republican ideology that would inspire future generations. This tour will visit the locations, monuments and meeting places associated with this turbulent period in Irish History. Locations include High Street Belfast and Clifton Cemetery. This tour can either be organised as a bus day tour (appr.5h) for groups, taking place both in Belfast and in key places of County Down; but a shorter version (3h) can be organised as a walking tour in Belfast.The starting point of the walking tour is on Henry Street across from the Orange Hall.
This tour can be organised any day (including weekend) from 9am until 4pm for a minimum charge of £50 (or £10pp for 5 people and more). Simply contact Peadar or Michela by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The starting point of the short version -walking tour- is the front of the Orange Hall in Clifton street: