#OnThisDay 1913 The Irish Volunteers were formed with Eoin MacNeill as the head. This was a direct response to the formation of the UVF in Ulster. Patrick Pearse said, ““the only thing more ridiculous than an Ulsterman with a rifle is a Nationalist without one”. Ireland was headed for civil war over Home Rule. Many Volunteers fought in WW1 or for Irish independence or like Tom Barry & Emmet Dalton (to name but two) both.