CLARE, ENNIS, MARCH 6
On Friday last, a great number of the trades-people went some distance out of town, with a band and colours, in expectation of meeting Counsellor O’Connell, and intending to draw his carriage into town.
Several of them were tastefully dressed, and carried poles with large loaves of bread on them. They marched in procession through the town, and the orderly manner in which they conducted themselves was very commendable.
After waiting a considerable length of time on the way, they returned about seven o’clock in the evening, when they played a few enlivening airs and retired peaceably to.their homes.
NEW ZEALAND TABLET VOL XXI, ISSUE 20 3rd March 1893 p21
A writer in the Freeman’s Journal has the following suggestive remarks with regard to the sorrow and poverty which he found amongst the children of a typical school in the West of Ireland.
“I once asked the Sisters in charge what might be the children’s idea of Home Rule. The reply was eminently practical – ‘Remunerative employment, shoes and stockings, bread and milk for breakfast, and no more rags.’
I confess I feel not a little ashamed to find myself obliged to pen this letter. Must the cycle of Irish beggary forever go round and round, like Ixion’s wheel? Must those unhappy Kinvara children – so modest and shy that they only reply to your questioning in monosyllables and whispers – must they continue to suffer perennial nakedness and hunger?