!! Ballina Chronicle; March 6, 1850 "Meeting of Guardians - Ballina"
- BALLINA CHRONICLE
Ballina, Mayo, Ireland
Wednesday, March 6, 1850
MEETING OF THE GUARDIANS
BALLINA UNION - The usual weekly meeting of this union was held in the
Board Room on Saturday, Col. Knox Gore in the chair. Among the other Guardians
present were - Captain J. Knox, Captain Atkinson, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Crofton, Mr.
J.V. Jackson, and Mr. Gardiner. Capt. Hamilton, Inspector, attended.
The Rev. Arthur Moore brought before the notion of the Board the case of
three children, named Goodwin, who were a short time in the Workhouse, but their
religious denomination had not been registered. The eldest of the three was nine
years of age.
The eldest girl being brought before the Board said that she used to go to
the chapel, and was brought there by her aunt. Her mother, she said, was in
England, had lived in the parish of Backs, and was not a Protestant.
Mr. Moore said that the father's brother and Mr. Samuel Strogen could prove
that the mother of the children expressed a wish that they should be brought up
Mr. Goodwin, brother to the children's father, said that he knew nothing of
the children previous to their father's death, but that he heard that they were
baptised by a Protestant minister, and that it was his brother's wish that hey
should be brought up Protestants. He believed the mother to be a Protestant.
Mr. S. Strogen said that he was aware of the mother stating that the father
before his death expressed a wish that his children should be brought up
One of the aunts then stated that she knew the children and their mother,
Sarah Ormsby, who wished them to be Protestants. Before and after their father
died she expressed this wish, and she (the aunt) knew that one of them was
baptised in Easky by the Protestant minister, and another in Ballina by a
Protestant minister. The mother, she said, is a Protestant.
Mr. Paget Strogen, a Guardian, said that the mother of the children and all
her family were Protestants.
It was then declared that they should be registered as Protestants.
Mr. Madden [ Rev. Dominick Madden] withdrew, but then afterwards appeared
to inquire about the children who were registered as Protestants. He said that
the mother was a Catholic, and complained that the matter was got over in a
hurry, and that there should have been notices given of their change of
Colonel Gore then repeated to Mr. Madden the evidence which had been given,
and stated that in the face of the testimony of such respectable witnesses the
Board could come to no other decision and that there was no change made as the
children were not registered before.
Mr. Madden expressed his determination of getting the registry changed and
Mr. P. Gallagher then gave notice that he would, on that day fortnight, move
that the resolution for having the children registered as Protestants be
Cathy Joynt Labath
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