In Limerick, discussions on various pressing issues are taking place. This includes debates over housing for workers and securing better health services at the council meeting, a memorable trip to Connemara for residents, and efforts to raise funds for the debt-laden Queenstown Catholic Cathedral. As the city aims to resolve these matters, it’s evident that the people of Limerick are coming together to address challenges in housing, health, and community support, showcasing the city’s resilience and collaborative spirit.
As previously expected, the motion to accept a £1,001 offer for the Nicholas Street property was debated at the Council last night. Some council members opposed the vote because they wanted more information, but eventually gave way, allowing the motion to proceed.
Recognizing the need for an adequately qualified Superintendent Medical Officer of Health, the Corporation decided to advertise for the position with a salary of £100 per annum. Ensuring the selected candidate justifies this salary and is committed to safeguarding the city’s health will be crucial.
Limerick residents, along with people from Gort and Athenry, participated in a cheap trip to Clifden, offered by the Midland Railway Company. The excursion allowed all to admire Connemara’s majestic scenery, the somber grandeur of the mountains, and the stunning views of the Twelve Pins beyond Clifden. However, a hiccup involving water shortage during their return journey left travelers waiting at Athenry station for over an hour.
Mr James Dalton’s letter emphasizes the potential benefits of implementing the Small Dwellings Purchase Act in Limerick. Citizens are encouraged to take advantage of this Act, which allows eligible buyers to borrow money for purchasing houses after providing one-fourth of the purchase amount.
The passing of Mr Thomas Gaffney, who played a prominent role in local affairs over many years, leaves a void in municipal life. While some sources claim he was a Conservative in recent years, others recall Mr Gaffney as a staunch Home Ruler committed to the same principles as his son in the United States and a supporter of the United Irish League.
Father Murphy and Father O’Donoghue have been visiting homes to collect funds to settle the £14,000 debt still outstanding on the Queenstown Catholic Cathedral. Although already contributing £27,000 for the cathedral’s beautification, Most Rev. Dr Browne has given permission for collections in the diocese and provided a generous donation, with other priests following suit. Last Sunday, Father Murphy and Father O’Donoghue both preached on the subject in various churches. The people of Limerick have responded generously to the appeal, despite numerous requests for assistance in other areas.
Northants Evening Telegraph – Saturday 26 July 1902