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Temperance Day – 1907

Freeman’s Journal September 9th 1907  p.12 (abridged)

Representation of temperance (painted wood sculpture c1683 at the church of Breton Commana, France). Photo: Lamiot Wikimedia Commons

Representation of temperance (painted wood sculpture c1683 at the church of Breton Commana, France).
Photo: Lamiot
Wikimedia Commons

The splendid demonstration yesterday in Dublin, in the streets and on the platform was conclusive proof of the steady and swift advance of Temperance.  As the Chairman Father Aloysius, said in his opening statement, from every part of Ireland, north, south, east, west, contingents representing the various Temperance Societies in the country took part in the procession and the great public meeting which followed.
Such demonstrations are eminently serviceable to the cause. Success is the best reward of honest labour, and the indefatigable workers in the cause of Temperance found their wages and encouragement in such conclusive proofs of its progress.
Temperance Day may now be regarded as an annual festival. Last year it was held in October, and was a very considerable success. But owing to the lateness of the seasons and the inclemency of the weather it was impossible to expect any large country contingent. For this reason an earlier date has been selected and the overwhelming success of yesterday’s celebration most amply justifies the change.

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