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CLARE.— Tenant Reinstated Much satisfaction is"" felt in the Labasheeda (County Clare) district at the reinstatement of Mr. John Kelly, of Kilkerrin, to the farm from which he was evicted five years ago. Mr. Kelly was the recipient of many congratulations, and was presented with an address from his neighbors in Labasheeda. Charming Embroidery The charming designs of Clare embroidery as now seen in various colors in children's frocks and pinafores (says the ' Freeman's Journal ') owe their origin to Mrs. Vere O'Brien, Ballyalla, Ennis, famous as one of the pioneers of the revival of Irish lace. The embroidery is worked from designs drawn by Mrs. O'Brien with her well-known artistic taste and skill. This interesting Irish industry — of which classes have been established by Mrs. O'Brien at Ballyalla, presided over by herself ; at the Convent of Mercy, Ennis, presided over by the directress | of nleedlework, and at Mount Callan, presided over by Mrs. Tottenham — gives employment to numbers of young girls in the neighborhood. It is owing to her kindly zeal, Limerick lace— an industry which flourished during the early Victorian period, but later became, from various causes, almost extinct— has been revived to its former glory. CORK The Exhibition Speaking at a recent meeting of the executive committee of the Cork Exhibition Sir Edward Fitzgerald, Lord Mayor of Cork, said that the success of the Exhibition, which would close on November Ist, was> already assured. DUBLIN.— The Horse Show Notwithstanding the very inclement weather, 54,838 persons attended the Dublin Horse Show. There was a decrease of over 1000 as compared with last year. An Australian Visitor An Irish priest who has made for himself a brilliant name all over the Continent of Australia and in New Zealand, the Rev. G-. A. Robinson, 8.A., is (says the • Irish Catholic ' of August 15) at present on a visit to his native city, Dublin, in the diocesan college of which at Clonlifte he made his clerical studies before proceeding to the Irish College in Rome. Death of Monsignor Gargan As briefly reported in our columns at the time the Right Rev. Mgr. Gargan, president oi St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, passed to his eternal reward on September 1, at the venerable age of 84 years. Dr. Gargan was a native of County Meath, in which his fathei, Mr. Patrick Gargan, was a large grazier. He was born in 1819. His earliest education was imparted by a private tutor, and he subsequently became a pupil in the Diocesan College, Navan. He matriculated in Maynooth in J 836, and entered for logic. He was ordained priest in 1843. His studies were attended with great brilliancy, and before the end of his Dunboyne course he was appointed Professor of Metaphysics in the Irish College in Pans, under the well-known Dr. McSweeney. In 1845 he competed for the Chair of Humanity in Maynooth College, and was successful in securing the appointment. In 1859 he succeeded Dr. Kelly as Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Maynooth. He continued to hold that chair until October," 1885, when he was elected vice-president of the College. In 1894 he was elevated by the Board of Trustees to the presidency, rendered vacant by the promotion of Monsignor Brown to the See of Cloyne. Dr. Gargan was a theologian of uncommon attainments, while his acquaintance with the whole field of Church history enabled him to speak and write upon that subject with masterly erudition and authority. He found time during his active career in the service of the Church to write a number of valuable works on ecclesiastical and historical subjects. GALVVAY.— The Bishop of Clonfert On Sunday, August 30, the new Bishop of Clonfert, Dr. ODea, was solemnly consecrated at Loughrea. His Eminence Cardinal Logue presided. The consecrating prelate was his Grace the Archbishop of Tuam, and the assistant prelates were the Bishops of Galway and Achonry. There were also present : Their Lordships the Bishops of Cloyne, Elphin, Canea, Kildare, Ardagh, Killaloe, Derry, Raphoe, Dromore, Clogher, Waterford, Sandhurst (Victoria), Gou'lburn (New South Wales), and Rockhampton (Queensland), and a very large representation of the clergy. The Bishop of Elpin preached. Subsequently a number of addresses were presented to the newly-consecrated Bishop, and in replying to these, Dr. ODea said though his office was spiritual he should not on that account fail to take a keen inter-

est in what concerned the people's welfare. It was the excellence of their faith to reconcile temporal and eternal and one of its fundamental teachings was that a rightful use of this world was a condition and a help to qualify for the next. He hoped, therefore, to take a part in future, however limited, in ejvery movement for the temporal well-being of the diocese or of the country at large. He would take a special interest in those problems which he conceived to be at the root of their economic and national progress, the restoration of the land to the people, the revival of their industries, a betterment in the conditions of labor, a nation self-centered in its government and ideas, the advancement of education in all its branches, and the development among the masses of the moral qualities of self-reliance, industry, temperance, fidelity to engagements, and public justice. KERRY.— A Fair-minded Landlord Mr. J. E. J. Julian, 8.L., landlord of Kilfeighmey, near Lixnaw, has informed his tenants that he would give them 30 per cent, reduction on their first term rents under the new Land Act. This is considered by all the farmers round as being a most generous act. Mr. Julian is well known as a splendid type of landlord. Railway Management At a meeting of the Tralee Union Council, Mr. T. Slattery (chairman) proposed the following resolutions : (1) That from a national point of view we regard with alarm the ruinous effects on the industries and commerce of) this country if such a| .transit system be ( oontjjti'ued ; and respectfully call on the Government to take immediate and effective steps- to remedy it. (2) That we condemn the anti-Catholic and anti-Irish policy of the principal railway companies in Ireland, and call on the Catholics and fair-minded Protestant shareholders in these companies to organise their forces and put a stop to such scandalous and disastrous proceedings. KING'S COUNTY.— A Change Allowed The County Council of King's County have succeeded in getting it officially arranged that the post town formerly known as Frankford shall in future be called Kilcormac, its original name. About a century ago, it appears, an old military officer took it upon himself to name the place Frankfard, after Frankfort-on-the-Rhine. Some months ago, however, the County Council restored the ancient appellation which it received on account of Ihe fact that St. Cormac had a monastery there. Judge Curran, at a recent Quarterly Sessions, expressed his strong disapproval of the change, which he described as ridiculous and nonsensical, though he admitted the legality of the Council's action ; and, subsequently, the Local Government Board refused to sanction it on the ground that the Council had no power to take such a step. The Postmaster-General, however, has now decided to officially recognise the town as Kilcormac in future, which is a decided victory for the Council. LIMERICK.-— An Auckland Visitor Mr. Walter J. Kirby, who is a well-known Australian tenor, is (says the ' Irish People ') on a visit to his uncle, the very popular member for East Limerick, Mr. William Lundon, M P , Kilteoly. Mr Kirby was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1878, and from an early age he was engaged in singing at all the churches and theatres throughout Australia and New 2ealand. Last year he toured Australia with Madame Melba Since his arrival in Kilteely he has sung in the local Catholic Church, and also in Kilkee and other centres. MEATH.— A Bye-Election A cable message received last week stated that at a bye-election m South Meath Mr. David Sheehy, Nationalist, was elected, his opponent being a candidate approved of by the Dublin ' Daily Independent ' This seat was represented by Mr J. L.-Carew, whose death was reported in our last issue. TIPPERARY.— A Memorial The people of Toomevara have subscribed £114 for a memorial to Father Fogarty, their late pastor. His brother, Rev. M. Fpgarty, I) D , Maynooth, has, at Uie request of the committee, selected the design for the monument which is to take the shape of a solid cross carved with interlaced work. WATERFORD.— Death of a Carrick Man The death is reported of one of the oldest and most respected residents of Carrick district, Mr. John Shee, Newtown, father of Mr. J. J. Shee, M.P. for West Waterford, and Mr. N. Sheff; solicitor. He passed away in his 84th year. Mr Shee was for many years a member of the Carrick Board of Guardians, and proved himself a steady Nationalist, especially in the stormy days when the ex-officios held sway. WEXFORD.- Death of the Mayor Alderman John Clancy, of Wexford, died on Saturday, Augiust 29, after an illness of about a fortnight. The de-

ceased was an extensive shipper of cattle to the English markets. In 1902 he was unanimously elected Mayor. His year of office was marked by such excellent government of municipal affairs that on its conclusion he was called upon to continue in office for another year. GENERAL Private Legislation The London correspondent of the Dublin ' Daily Expjrefrs ' says he learns that the government will next session introduce a Bill transferring to Ireland the right to transact its own private legislation. The Late Father O'Growney The remains of the late Father O'Growney arrived in Queenstown from New York about the middle of September, being accompanied across the Atlantic by officials of the Gaelic League of America and other prominent sympathisers of the language movement there. Judge O'Connor Morris Again It is not without regret (says the London ' Morning PostV) that we draw the attention of our readers to an article published to-day from the pen of Judge William O'Connor Morns on the new Irish Land Act. When a man of his experience declares publicly that a measure passed by a Unionist Ministry is a piece of ' unjust, immoral, and most pernicious quackery,' when he says it is ' foul with corruption from top to bottom,' Englishmen may well ask him in astonishment to explain what he means. Practical Work Speaking at the Conference organised by the AntiEmigration Society in Cork, the Most Rev. Dr. Sheehan, who presided, said that there was no use whatever m striving to keep the Irish people at home until they managed to provide remunerative work for them, and to provide also what was only of less importance, that was recreation and amusement to relieve the dulnoss which attended the lives of so many. His Lordship (writes a Dublin correspondent) struck the right note. Here is the Kernel of the whole question. Small home industries started here and there throughout the country would do more to check emigration than the most eloquent orations on economics or the most elaborate compilation of statistics. A few knitting machines in Kerry or Connemara that would give employment to even 100 persons would do something tangible to keep the people at home In this respect too much credit cannot be given to the nuns in many parts of Ireland. They aie giving practical proof of what could be done to stem the tide of emwMion The famous Foxfoid mills managed by the Sisters of Chanty, the «Gort industries managed by the Sisters of Mercy, and many others of a similar kind, lllustiate what I mean. At the Horse Show and at the Irish Industries Show specimens of the work done by these beneficent institutions were exhibited The work done by the Poor Clares of Kenmare , St. Louis' Convent, Carrickmacross ; the Sisters of Charity, Sligo , and others won tho admiration of all Much could be done in the same direction if only the Sisters were afforded practical assistance in the noble work The time for talking, as far as the emigration question is concerned, is at an end. Practical work such as is being given by the nuns in many places is what is required. _»«»—-—————

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Irish News New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXXI, Issue 43, 22 October 1903

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