The Primrose League

Primrose League Speech

This truncated speech from the Primrose League Gazette gives an example of the concerns of the Primrose League - primarily Ireland and the Empire. Mitchelstown refers to the perceived lawlessness unfolding in Ireland in the 1880s and which members of the Primrose League blamed on the Home Rule campaign. The Mitchelstown Massacre as it was labelled saw three men shot by police as they attempted to monitor speeches for seditious content over the eviction of tenants by local landowners. It became a cause celebre and was referred to by Gladstone as an example of why Home Rule should be granted.

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