After the Boer War, the 5th Lancers returned to Ireland where they came under the command of Brigadier Gough in the 3rd Cavalry Brigade at the Curragh. At the time of their posting Ireland was in a state of political turmoil, the government having decided to introduce Home Rule. This was not a popular policy amongst the Ulstermen in the north who began to arm and conduct drill under the auspices of the Ulster Volunteer Force. Furthermore it appeared that the Army was about to be mobilised in order to impose Home Rule on Ulster. Many army officers found themselves in an intolerable position as they themselves came from Ulster. On the 20th of March 1914 General Paget, GOC Irish Command, mistakenly informed his brigade commanders that their officers had the option of action against Ulster or resignation. In Gough’s brigade, which included 5th and 16th Lancers, initially 59 out of the 71 opted for resignation or dismissal, with only very few recanting when interviewed by the GOC. As a result Gough and the Commanding Officers of both the 5th and 16th Lancers were summoned to the War Office to explain themselves. A memorandum was given to Gough by the Secretary of State for War, informing officers of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade that the Army Council was satisfied that the incident that had arisen in regard to their resignations had been due to a misunderstanding. The incident became known as the Curragh Mutiny and led to the resignation of both the Secretary of State for War and the Chief of the Imperial General Staff. It did not however overly affect Gough’s career, as within five months he was leading his Brigade, still including the 5th, to war against Germany as part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF).