Auxiliaries in the cause? Loyalist women in conflict and post conflict

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Abstract

One of the more memorable of the many loyalist murals that appeared during the Troubles was painted at Spier’s Place on the Shankill Road. Its imagery addressed the roles of women within loyalism and sought to display continuity over some 90 years of unionism. One side of the mural was a reproduction of a postcard originally issued during the Home Rule crisis, showing a raven haired woman holding aloft a rifle and a Union flag in defence of Ulster, declaring: ‘Deserted! Well I can Stand Alone’. The other part of the mural showed what was seen as a modern equivalent, a masked woman holding a shotgun, while standing on guard, as a man behind her works a field by tractor, underpinned by the text: ‘A Protestant farmer’s wife guards her husband against sectarian attack [from] across the border’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUlster Loyalism after the Good Friday Agreement
Subtitle of host publicationHistory, Identity and Change
EditorsJames W. McAuley, Graham Spencer
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter10
Pages132-146
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780230305830
ISBN (Print)9780230228856
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011

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McGlynn, C., & McAuley, J. W. (2011). Auxiliaries in the cause? Loyalist women in conflict and post conflict. In J. W. McAuley, & G. Spencer (Eds.), Ulster Loyalism after the Good Friday Agreement: History, Identity and Change (pp. 132-146). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9780230305830