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!!Connaught Journal; Apr 22, 1824 "Catholic Assoc. Meeting."

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  • Cathy Joynt Labath
    THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL Galway, Thursday, April 22, 1824 CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION Saturday, March 17 ________CLINCH in the Chair. DINNER TO MESSRS. O CONNELL AND
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 10, 2004
      Galway, Thursday, April 22, 1824

      Saturday, March 17
      ________CLINCH in the Chair.

      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
      of attending.
      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
      an occasion.
      The motion passed unanimously, and a Committee was then appointed for
      carrying it into effect.

      Mr. CONWAY read communications of which the following are the most material

      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
      subscription, 100.

      Two free schools, male and female, capable of containing 400 pupils-have at
      present 300.
      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.

      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
      Ireland Old News
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