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Violent Proselytism in Limerick: Police Court Proceedings Stir Up Interest and Dissent – Limerick Archives

Violent Proselytism in Limerick: Police Court Proceedings Stir Up Interest and Dissent

Limerick, Ireland – Today, at the City Petty Court, the cases related to the recent disturbances in Thomondgate regarding the visitations of Dr Long were heard by Messrs. Hickson, in the presence of a large crowd gathered outside the courtroom. The contentious proceedings appeared to have captured the interest of various religious figures in the area.

These cases were charged with riotous and disorderly conduct, and according to the defence, they would, unfortunately, take up much time. The court first dealt with the case involving Dr John Joseph Long against Rev. Edward O’Leary, a Roman Catholic priest of St. Michael’s Parish, for abusive and threatening language directed towards the doctor during a visit to a patient on Sunday, June 2nd.

Mr Kenny, addressing the court on behalf of the defence, argued that Dr Long himself had played a provocative role, proving the charges unwarranted. Subsequently, the court decided to dismiss the case, giving credence to the defence’s arguments.

District Inspector Hotread urged the court to address the other cases related to the riotous elements in the streets, as he believed Dr Long could be at risk of further attacks if the perpetrators were not properly dealt with.

As a result, two women were charged with assaulting police officers in the discharge of their duties. The defendants were bound over to keep the peace, with one of them declaring that she would prefer incarceration to bow to Dr Long’s influence.

The atmosphere in Limerick has grown increasingly tense in light of these events, with tar barrels set ablaze in Thomond Gate to celebrate the perceived victory of local citizens against Dr Long’s alleged proselytism. The authorities and residents alike are advised to exercise caution as they navigate this tumultuous period in Limerick’s history.

Cork Weekly Examiner – Saturday 15 June 1901