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Our Aims and Objectives
Throughout the 18th century Ireland groaned under the Penal Laws. Catholics could
not vote, practice law or have access to higher education, and endured many other
human rights abuses. Many of these abuses were shared with the Presbyterian
community, who also had to pay a tithe to the Anglican Church of Ireland.
Growing disquiet throughout the 18th century led to demands for reform by the
Society of United Irishmen who were formed in Belfast in 1791.
Inspired by the French and American revolutions they took up arms when their
demands were rejected by the British government.
Visit the sites and locations of this epic event in Irish history.