New leadership of Irish Volunteers meets in Dublin
Four battalions of the First Dublin Regiment of the Irish National Volunteers march through Dublin city centre last May. Photo: National Library of Ireland, McManus Collection

New leadership of Irish Volunteers meets in Dublin

Money to buy guns pours in

Published: 15 July 1914

The new Provisional Committee of the Irish National Volunteers met for the first time last night.

The new committee includes the nominees of the Irish Parliamentary Party who have been appointed in the wake of John Redmond’s move to bring the Volunteers under the control of his party.

It has been reported that the meeting was extremely cordial and that there was nothing but harmony between old and new committee members.

The meeting was presided over by Eoin MacNeill and almost all of the members of the previous committee were present.

A letter from Eoin MacNeill to Patrick McGarry, President of the Irish Volunteer Fund Committee, stressing the need of arms rather than money from America. Click to enlarge. (Image: The Lepracaun: Cartoon Monthly. Joseph McGarrity Collection. Digital Library@Villanova University. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.)

A Standing Committee of 13 members was appointed and will hold weekly meetings.

The meeting received a further £600 in donations designed to purchase arms for the Volunteers. This included a cheque for £100 from T.J. Callaghan, from Glamorganshire in Wales who wrote: ‘I feel the Volunteers are going to be our salvation if they can be armed.’

Fundraising to buy arms continues across Ireland and in Irish communities overseas.

The Limerick Branch of Cumann na mBan raised £220 from a fete held in the city and have presented it to the Volunteer Equipment Fund.


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