Shared Symbols - The Red Hand of Ulster

The Red Hand of Ulster is a symbol that crosses community divides. Although many today associate it with the Loyalist cause it has its roots in Irish Gaelic Culture. It has been used in heraldry for centuries to symbolise the province of Ulster. The Red Hand has been used by a wide variety of organisations both Nationalist and Unionist.

Look at the sources below and use the record sheet to help you explore them. Then answer the questions at the bottom of the sheet.

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UVF motorcar corps badge

Courtesy of Mr. Alan Stewart

Irish Citizen Army Hat

A slouch hat belonging to the Irish Citizens' Army. On loan from the National Museum of Ireland.

Protestant Pro-Home Rule Pamphlet

Image Courtesy of Ballymoney Museum

Tyrone GAA Badge