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Ballina Chronicle; Oct 9, 1850

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    BALLINA CHRONICLE Ballina, Co. Mayo Wednesday, October 9, 1850 REFORMATION IN DUBLIN On Sunday the Rev. Richard Swayne, late a priest of the Church of Rome and
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      BALLINA CHRONICLE
      Ballina, Co. Mayo
      Wednesday, October 9, 1850

      REFORMATION IN DUBLIN
      On Sunday the Rev. Richard Swayne, late a priest of the Church of Rome
      and member of the Order of Carmelites, with two other respectable persons,
      renounced and abjured the errors of popery under the spiritual direction of
      the Rev. Thomas Scott, and subsequently received holy communion in St.
      Thomas's Church.
      Mr. Swayne is the author of the letter recently addressed to the Most
      Rev. Paul Cullen, titular primate of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland,
      entitled "Rome tried by herself and Found Guilty." He is on probation with
      the Reformed Romanist Priests' Protection Society. -- Evening Herald.

      EDMUND AND CHARLES KEAN
      Charles Kean, the tragedian, was born at Waterford on the 18th of
      January, 1811. His mother, Mary Chambers, was also a native of Waterford,
      descended from the respectable family of Cuffe, long settled in that
      county. - Charles Kean entered Eton as an "Oppidan," his father fixed his
      allowance for board and education at 300l. per annum. He remained at Eton
      three years. Edmund Kean might have maintained his family in all the
      elegancies of life, and left behind him 50,000l. if habits of irregularity
      and reckless extravagance had not gradually settled upon him. Charles Kean
      fortunately had contracted no private debts - a rare occurence in an
      Etonian. He made his way to London, and hastened immediately to his mother's
      lodgings. He found her in sickness, in sorrow, and in poverty. The young man
      first made his appearance on any stage in Drury-lane theatre on the 1st
      October, 1827, in Young Norval. The father and son acted together for the
      first and only time in London, on the 26th March, 1833. The play was
      Othello. The Moor, as usual, by Edmund Kean, Iago by Charles Kean and
      Desdemona by Miss Ellen Tree. After the first scene, Kean observed, 'Charles
      is getting on very well to-night-he's acting very well; I suppose that's
      because he's acting with me.' He was very feeble but by the help of brandy
      and water he went on stoutly till the commencement of the third act. He held
      up until the celebrated 'Farewell,' which he uttered with all his former
      pathos; but on concluding it, after making one or two steps towards his son,
      and attempting his speech, 'Villain!, be sure,' his head sank on his son's
      shoulder and the tragedian's acting was at an end. His son, assisted by
      other persons, carried him to his dressing room, and laid him on the sofa.
      He was removed to Richmond, where he died on the 15th of May, and was buried
      in the churchyard at Richmond, where his son erected a tablet to his memory.
      A sliver claret jug valued at 100l. was presented to him in London by a
      deputation of gentlemen from Waterford, inscribed as follows: - "Presented
      to Charles Kean, Esq., as a token of esteem for his private character and
      admiration of his talents, by a few friends, in his native city of
      Waterford, June 28th, 1838." On the 30th of March, 1838, he received the
      high compliment of a public dinner in the saloon of Drury-lane theatre, on
      which occasion, he was also presented with a magnificent silver vase, value
      200l. "by the admirers of his distinguished talents." On the 29th of
      January, 1842, occurred the most auspicious event in his life - he was
      married in the Church of St. Thomas in Dublin, to Miss Ellen Tree. By this
      Charles Kean obtained a large addition to his worldly means, and an
      invaluable co-operator in his theatrical career. This marriage took place on
      the last day of their Dublin engagement and on that same evening, by an odd
      coincidence, they performed together in The Honeymoon. On the 30th of March,
      1849, the widow of Edmund Kean died at Keydell, in Hampshire, the county
      residence of her son and where she had found a happy retreat during the
      closing years of her chequered existence.

      Cathy Joynt Labath
      Ireland Old News
      http://www.IrelandOldNews.com/
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