!!Connaught Journal; Apr 22, 1824 "Catholic Assoc. Meeting."
- THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, April 22, 1824
Saturday, March 17
________CLINCH in the Chair.
DINNER TO MESSRS. O'CONNELL AND SHEIL
Mr. Kirwan moved that a Public Dinner should be given to Mr. O'Connell and
Mr. Sheil for their splendid and useful exertions in the Catholic cause, in
which Protestant and such other Gentlemen, as choose, should have the privilege
Mr. J.D. MULLEN seconded the motion, as he was aware that such a public
expression of respect as that now proposed, was intended by several Protestant,
and, therefore, it was incumbent on those who were more particularly benefited
by the learned Gentleman's exertions to be the first to come forward upon such
The motion passed unanimously, and a Committee was then appointed for
carrying it into effect.
EDUCATION OF THE POOR
Mr. CONWAY read communications of which the following are the most material
CLONACILTY, CO CORK
A letter from the Rev. David Walsh was read, containing a return of a
female school of that town, drawn up by Miss Catherine Donovan, whose
superintendence and direction has so materially contributed to the success of
the school. The Rev. correspondent vouched for the correctness of the return.
The school was established, by subscription, in the year 1819, for the education
of the female poor. They are taught plain and useful works, suitable to their
humble sphere of life, and also reading and writing. The schools are divided
into two departments, one for reading and writing, and the other for muslin and
plain work, spinning and knitting, and both contain 120 girls. The school is
attended by the Parish Priest and a society of ladies, who are most zealous in
the performance of their daily duties. The rent of the schoolhouse is 13l. 13s.
and 12l. to the mistress. The books read in the school are Reeve's History of
the Bible, the Imitation of Christ, Thomas a Kempis, Doctor Englands Think Well
On't, Fleury's Historical and poor Man's Catechism, Butler's Catechism, Spelling
Book, Catholic Education, Principles of Roman Catholics. The funds of the school
are derived from subscriptions, to which the Most Rev. D. Coppinger, and Doctor
Crotty, of Maynooth, have frequently contributed. In the year of distress and
famine, 20l. was received from the London Benevolent Commission, and 20
spinning-wheels from the Spinning Association. The profits of the work are
applied towards clothing the most deserving. The Parish Priest attends every
weeks, and explains several passages in the Scriptures, in English and Irish,
and particular portions of the Bible with note and commentaries read by all the
pupils; and the report stated, the children would quote or write the scriptures
generally as accurately as Mr. North himself.
Lancasterian school contains, the present year, 3,101 boys.
Poor school of the Monks, 1000.
Northern female school of the Nuns, City Cork, 500.
Southern ditto, 1000.
Anne-street female orphans asylum, clothes and feeds by voluntary
Two free schools, male and female, capable of containing 400 pupils-have at
The Rev. James Roche directs and manages these schools, which are supported
by small donations on Sundays, and as subscription from about 200 persons, all
Catholics, although several worthy Protestants reside in the neighbourhood. The
letter stated, that the Rev. writer had applied to the Kildare-street
Association for assistance, but he only succeeded in ascertaining that their
system was exclusive, their object proselytism and their proceedings insidious
and imposing. In the Bible school opened on the 5th inst. there were seven
pupils. In a Catholic school, in which the parents pay something, there are 400
The Rev. Mr. Spratt's letter stated, that there were two free schools in
which the children receive a moral and a religious education, and receive no
assistance from the Kildare-street Association.
ST. MARY'S AND ST. PETER'S PARISHES,
Including Rathmine, Renelagh & Miltown.
The Rev. Mr. Stafford's letter stated, that there were two male and female
schools in which 580 children received a religious and useful education.
In the school at Harold's-cross, 200.
The Ladies of the Order of St. Clare support, clothes and educate 60 female
orphans, who are apprenticed in trades, when of proper age, and in the day
school are 140.
The funds are procured from subscribers, and a charity sermon.
The Ladies of Renelagh educate 200 females.
Milltown, united with Rathmines, educates 80 boys.
The funds supplied by subscription.
All the communications denied the existence in the Schools of the vile
publication alluded to by Mr. North, and some of them doubted whether such books
are now in print, and assert that they were never heard of in the schools.
A letter was received from Mr.Wise, of Ross, stating that at a small fair,
held at Gremnafedy, in the county Kilkenny, near Waterford, in a short time 14l.
was collected by penny subscriptions.
It was agreed that the notes of Gentlemen taken in short-hand, during the
party trials upon the North West Circuit, should, together with a summary from
the several Newspaper reports of trials on that Circuit, be printed in
Mr. Conway and Mr. Kirwan undertook to set the work through the press.
Mr. Kirwan instanced as an illustration of the necessity for an
authenticated and correct record of the proceedings of those trials, the Lord
Robert was reported to have declared, that few days after trial of Weir, for the
murder of the unfortunate Smyth, at Cavan, Judge Vandeleur said he was
convinced, from what had come to his knowledge since the trial, of the man's
innocence. Now he (Mr. Kirwan) thought it impossible, but Lord Roden must have
been erroneously reported in the Newspapers, for surely so upright and correct a
Judge as Judge Vandeleur, would not go into new testimony; such a proceeding was
too indelicate and inconsistent to be attributed to that learned and exalted
A letter was read, suggesting to the Burial Committee that most of the
country chapel yards are capacious enough for burial grounds, and that all that
is required is to have them consecrated.
Referred to the Burial Committee.
After thanks to the Chairman, the Meeting adjourned.
Cathy Joynt Labath
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