Bishop of Limerick Addresses N.S.P.C.C. Annual Meeting on Child Cruelty Prevention

The Address by the Bishop of Limerick at the N.S.P.C.C. Carrick-on-Suir, Thursday highlighted the importance of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s work. At the annual meeting of the local branch, Bishop Dr. Sheehan of Waterford and Lismore presided. He emphasized that in the four years since the branch’s formation, it has successfully addressed previously denied child cruelty in their town. The Bishop recognized the work of the society in preventing violence, often linked to drunkenness, which is far less common in the Irish cities compared to English ones. He stressed that Irish men and women are not naturally cruel, but external factors such as alcohol lead to cruelty towards children, hence the necessity of organizations like the N.S.P.C.C. The society steps in to intervene when parents fail to provide care and joy to their children and enforces the law to prohibit further wrongdoing. The Secretary of N.S.P.C.C., Mr. Rodden, also applauded the efforts of local Honorary Secretary Miss Rebecca Grubb.

Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph – Friday 01 February 1901

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