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Seamount searched!!

Mother Catherine McAuley, R.S.M. foundress of the Religious Sisters of Mercy

Mother Catherine McAuley, R.S.M. foundress of the Religious Sisters of Mercy

The Catholic Press Thursday 31st August, 1916 (NSW: 1895-1942)
Seamount searched

A gentleman’ in a high official position, who recently returned from a visit to tho old world, called on .the ‘Catholic Press’, to tell us that the condition of Ireland is beyond description. Soldiers are every where. It was the first time he saw a country under martial law, and he does not want another experience. The distress in Dublin, he says, is appalling;
The ‘Irish- Rosary’ for July bears out this statement, ‘and adds:
In several quarters victimisation ot wage-earners suspected of sympathising- with or of having had relatives in the recent upheaval is being brutally practised. Persons arrested on suspicion, in these days of wholesale arrest on the flimsiest pretext, are also subject to the same prosecution on release. It takes the form, I need hardly say, of exclusion from employment. Certain proprietors and firms are giving free rein to their insane and wicked partisanship, the aim being apparently to starve fellow-citizens.
The ‘Irish Weekly and Ulster Examiner’ for July 8 presents another aspect of the case in this resolution:
We, the priests of the Diocese of Kilmacduagb, have heard with amazement of an outrage perpetrated against the Convent of Mercy and community. Kinvara, on Sunday, June 4, by the police, who said they came to search the convent for rebels. We enter our solemn protest against their search of the convent, and we say that the search, and the manner in which that search was made, was a gross outrage on religion and an un called-for indignity and insult to the Sisters.
Catholics well know that religious Sisters never harbor strangers or externs in their convent, and that the sisters’ cells are privileged, no strangers being allowed to enter them. Thia immunity was violated by the police, and the manner in which the cells were searched was equally offensive to manliness ,and common decency.

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2 thoughts on “Seamount searched!!

  1. Interesting! Where did you come across this bit of Kinvara history?

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    Posted by Deirdre | July 30, 2013, 12:57 am
    • I found it in Australia – among the NSW newspaper archives (1916)! Strange men trawling through nun’s bedrooms was worthy of a headline back then.

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      Posted by widgetworld3 | July 30, 2013, 6:09 am

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