John Crimmins, a prominent New York citizen and advocate for the Irish Nationalist cause, has returned from an extensive tour in Ireland aimed at gaining firsthand knowledge of the country’s conditions. In a statement published in the New York Sun, Crimmins shares his observation that Ireland is contented, prosperous, and progressing. He attributes the improvement to the work of the Boards of Agriculture and claims that the Irish markets are thriving, with excellent cattle and dairy produce. While acknowledging unemployment concerns, he asserts that opportunities exist in well-farmed districts.
During his tour, Crimmins also visited the historic city of Limerick, expressing admiration for the developments in the region. He noted the growth of local businesses, a thriving cultural scene, and several successful agricultural initiatives that contribute to the area’s prosperity. Limerick has taken full advantage of the Boards of Agriculture’s support and educational programs, leading to improved practices in farming and cattle breeding. The city also boasts excellent educational institutions, aligning with Ireland’s overall focus on education. Limerick’s progress and resilience stand as a dynamic example of Ireland’s forward momentum and ability to adapt in a rapidly changing world.
Crimmins was impressed with the benefits provided by Urban and Rural Councils, especially in terms of improving labourers’ dwellings. Additionally, he praised the quality of Irish national schools and the people’s appreciation for education. Crimmins believes that Irish people are loyal to the King and want Home Rule, despite not expecting it from England. He recognized the limited support for the physical force party and commended the Land Commissioners’ fair appraisals. However, he claims the land question will be unsettled until compulsory purchase is enacted. Crimmins credits reform achievements to the agitation of the Parliamentary party and encourages a continuation of efforts using temperate language, as opposed to violent speeches impeding beneficial measures.
Nottingham Evening Post – Monday 21 July 1902