!! Connaught Journal; July 1, 1824 "Mendicity Assoc."
- THE CONNAUGHT JOURNAL
Galway, Thursday, July 1, 1824
We have frequently taken the liberty of calling the attention of our
Fellow-Citizen to the necessity of attempting to do something towards the
suppression of mendicity; and we are glad to be able to say, that our calls have
not been quite ineffectual-all classes seem to be fully impressed with a
conviction of the benefits which would result from it; and very many of the most
respectable Traders and Shop-keepers of the Town have assured us of their
willingness to contribute largely towards the support. We now submit to our
Readers the plan of the Mendicity Association of the Town of Sligo. We have got
those of Dublin, London and Newry in our possession; but we prefer this, both
because we are informed that it has been eminently successful, and that it
appears to us so simple and so well adapted to the situation of this Town, that
we think no person who considers it can for a moment doubt of its being
successful, if any the slightest pains are taken to carry it into effect. The
expence of each individual in the Sligo Institution to the Public does not, we
are assured, exceed the sum of 2 1/2d. per diem, so trifling is the cost of so
beneficial an Institution. We hope the Summer will not be suffered to pass away
without something effectual being done; and we entreat those Gentlemen who are
anxious for the good of the Town, or for the introduction of order and industry
among the lower classes, to come forward in this business without further delay.
"The Sligo Mendicity Association is managed by a Committee, according to
the following plan:
"A suitable person is appointed as Clerk and Steward, who resides in the
house occupied by the Institution. He is allowed a competent salary, together
with fuel and candles. He is required to give security to the amount of £200 for
the faithful discharge of his duty, and the value of property entrusted to his
care. He also provides the necessary female assistance for the domestic
management of the house.
"No person is admitted to the Institution who has not been resident in the
Town at least three years prior to its commencement, or who is able to obtain
subsistence otherwise than by begging.
"All persons admitted shall attend at the house from April 1st to October
1st, at six o'clock in the morning, and continue there till six in the evening
from October 1st till April 1st, attendance is required from eight till
"The inmates are employed breaking stones, making mats, spinning coarse yarn
and wool, knitting, platting straw, picking oakum, making baskets, or such other
labour as is deemed suitable. An hour is allowed from work for breakfast and
another for dinner.
"A pint of oatmeal made into stirabout, and 1 1/2 pint of buttermilk or 3
lbs of potatoes, and 1 1/2 pint of buttermilk or soup, is allowed to each
individual at each meal. The soup is made from broken meat collected through
"Each adult is allowed 8d. per week to provide lodging, clothing, and other
necessaries, not furnished by the Institution. Not more than one individual in a
family receives this allowance.
"The Committee meet regularly at 11 o'clock every Monday in the
Institution, and oftener if necessary.
"Three Members of the Committee are appointed to visit the Institution
daily, at meal hours, who register the number of inmates and other observations
in a book kept for the purpose.
"The admission of paupers is entrusted to the visitors for the day in
conjunction with the Steward subject to the control of the General Committee. A
register of all admissions is kept as per 'Sligo Mendicity Roll Book.'
"The Institution is supported by annual subscriptions, together with the
proceeds of work done by the inmates and other casual contributions.
"All accounts due by the Institution are laid before the Weekly Committee
Meeting, and if approved, are signed by three Members present. No other accounts
are paid by the Treasurer. At each Meeting of the Committee the Treasurer
produces the vouchers for all sums paid by him during the foregoing week.
Cathy Joynt Labath
Ireland Old News