!! Connaught Journal; Apr 8, 1824 "Clare Catholic Meeting"
- THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway,Thursday, April 8, 1824
CLARE CATHOLIC MEETING
On Monday, the 29th ult., a most numerous and respectable meeting of the
Roman Catholics of the county Clare took place. Daniel O'Connell, Esq. one of
the delegates of 1793 was unanimously called to the chair.- The business of the
meeting commenced with an unanimous vote of thanks to John M'Namara of Moher,
Esq. Secretary to the Roman Catholics of that country. Mr. M'Namara returned
thanks in a strong and energetic speech, avowing his determination to continued
his exertions for emancipation. Counsellor O'Gorman moved the next resolution
for the formation of a Committee to prepare a petition to both Houses of
Parliament, for the repeal of the Penal Laws still affecting Catholics. A more
moderate, appropriate, and manly speech, on this momentous occasion, could not
be pronounced.- This resolution was carried unanimously, as were several others.
The greatest harmony prevailed throughout, not the slightest shade of difference
appearing to exist among this numerous and respectable assemblage.
(Extract of a Letter from Ennis.)
Our meeting of Monday was certainly one of the most numerous and best
conducted meetings I ever witnessed here. A great number of Ladies and several
Protestants attended. O'Gorman made one of the best speeches I ever heard from
him. He detailed the proceedings of the Catholic Association, and detailed the
plan relative to Catholic rents-a measure which was fully approved by the
meetings. He adverted to the Orange murders and outrages in the North and dwelt
with great force and energy on Baron M'Clelland's address to one of the Grand
Juries on his Circuit, which he praised, as warmly as it justly deserves to be
eulogised by every well wisher of peace and harmony. He cautioned the people
against outrages of any description, and praised the peasantry of the county of
Clare for their peaceable conduct. In short, he made a right good temperate
speech. When the vote of thanks was moved to Mr. O'Connell, he came forward and
passed a high eulogium on the matchless Irishman.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News