On Monday night, Mr James Cronin, a former Clerk on the Great Southern and Western Railway in Limerick, was presented with a valuable gift by a number of his railway colleagues prior to his departure for South Africa. Mr Cronin has secured a good position with the Cape Government Railway and was gifted a magnificent leather traveling trunk. He was also entertained at a farewell supper.
Dominick Walshe, who presided over the event, expressed his regret at losing the valuable services of Mr Cronin, but acknowledged that the Cape Government Railway would gain an exceptional young man. He wished Mr Cronin every success in his new position. Mr McGrath also expressed his sadness at seeing talented young people leaving the country but understood their desire to improve their circumstances.
Mr William agreed with the sentiments expressed, stating that he would prefer young and intellectual individuals to stay in their homeland. However, he understood the appeal of brighter prospects elsewhere.
Mr Cronin expressed his gratitude in a heartfelt response. Afterward, attendees enjoyed songs and recitations given by various guests.
Northants Evening Telegraph – Wednesday 17 September 1902