Ulster Hall

Ulster Hall

Ulster Hall has a long tradition of hosting gatherings of women in Belfast. It was used for meetings and rallies by both the suffragettes and unionist women in the early twentieth century.

Women were not allowed to sign the Ulster Covenant. However, on ‘Ulster Day’ they gathered at the Hall to sign a similar declaration organised by the Ulster Women’s Unionist Council. On ‘Ulster Day’, Ulster Hall became a symbol for unionist women that they too could be patriotic defenders of Ulster and the Union.

Suffragettes also frequently met in the Hall, claiming to have filled it three times over in 1912. Unusually for a venue so symbolic with unionism, it was in Ulster Hall on 13 March 1914 that the suffragettes declared war on Ulster Unionists and publicly criticised Edward Carson for reneging on his promise to expand the franchise to women.

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