History of Ireland 1789 – 1800: The United Irishmen and the 1798 Rebellion

Under Wolfe Tone, the United Irishmen (who consisted of Protestants and Catholics alike) declared their belief in a peaceful future for Ireland in which Protestants and Catholics could live together in peace and with equality. They wanted to set up a French-styled democratic republic in Ireland, which was independent of Britain. They quickly gained support, although some, most notably the newly-formed Orange Order which was set up to preserve loyalty to the monarchy, were against them.

via History of Ireland 1789 – 1800: The United Irishmen and the 1798 Rebellion.

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