Ulster Reform Club

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The Ulster Reform Club is a gentleman's club at No. 4, Royal Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland. It first opened in January 1885.

The club was originally built by Ulster members of the Liberal Party, to celebrate William Gladstone's victory in the 1880 UK general election. However, by 1886, its leadership was dominated by supporters of the Liberal Unionist Party, including Fred Crawford, and they formed a political committee to further the cause of the union of Britain and Ireland.[1]

Political committee[edit]

From 1905, the Ulster Liberal Unionist Association was represented on the Ulster Unionist Council, but given that the Association was headquartered at the Reform Club, and the Liberal Unionists soon became an irrelevance in Northern Ireland, in 1929, their representation was transferred to the political committee of the Ulster Reform Club.[1]

The committee included members such as Lord Pirrie, Thomas Somerset and W. J. Stewart and, in later years, David Graham Shillington, Maynard Sinclair, Herbert Kirk, William McCleery, Brian Faulkner and J. L. O. Andrews. However, it attracted criticism for being overly secretive, refusing to reveal details of its constitution, membership or purpose even to officials of the Ulster Unionist Party.

Facilities[edit]

The Ulster Reform Club, the red brick building to the left
  • The Antrim Room
  • Boardroom
  • Cabin
  • Reading Room
  • Dining Room
  • Bar

Notable members[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b John F. Harbinson, The Ulster Unionist Party, 1882-1973, pp.69-70

Hickey, D. J.; Doherty, J. E. (1980). A dictionary of Irish history since 1800. Gill and Macmillan. p. 577. 

External links[edit]

The Ulster Reform Club

Larmour, P. 1987. Belfast An Illustrated Architectural Guide. Friar's Bush Press. ISBN 0 946872 10 4