In 1902, the Queen ordered a consignment of shamrock from Lady Limerick for St. Patrick’s Day, continuing the custom established the previous year. The Queen sent a bunch of the shamrocks to each Irish Guard. Due to the success of the distribution, Lady Limerick’s Shamrock League was formed to support wives and children of deceased or disabled Irish soldiers. Tons of shamrocks were picked and sent to different parts of the world, providing employment for Irish peasants.
In Limerick, the Technical Education Committee is working on a comprehensive scheme for Technical Education in the city, drawing on the expertise of several members. The city and county have been backwards in this matter, but there is hope that more progress will be made in the future.
The Limerick Lunatic Asylum Committee has ordered 50 tons of coal from the mines at Ballinaglera, County Leitrim, in a praiseworthy move. It is hoped that other public bodies will follow suit and help provide employment and keep Irish people at home. The Irish railway companies could also do more to support local coal mines, but prohibitive rates currently prevent competition with British collieries.
Efforts to revive the Irish language in Limerick continue to make steady progress. More people are learning the language through various courses and events organized by the Gaelic League and other organizations.
Finally, various social events and gatherings are taking place in Limerick, including concerts, balls, and fundraisers, which bring together the community and provide entertainment for its residents.
In conclusion, this week witnessed several noteworthy developments in Limerick, including the continuation of the Queen’s shamrock tradition, progress in technical education, support for Irish coal mines, and efforts to revive the Irish language. These events highlight the city’s commitment to cultural and practical initiatives that benefit its residents and strengthen the sense of community. As Limerick moves forward, it remains dedicated to preserving its heritage, enhancing education, and supporting local industries for a prosperous future.
Northants Evening Telegraph – Saturday 15 February 1902