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Limerick Update: Parliamentary Fund Progress, Carnegie Grant Discussions, and Community Developments

In recent news from Limerick, various events and developments have been progressing in the region, including fundraising efforts for the Parliamentary Fund, discussions on the Carnegie grant, and changes within the Corporation. Additionally, proposals and improvements have been suggested for the workhouse medical staff and for combating disease, while local sports and social events continue to engage the community. Collectively, these updates shed light on the diverse interests and concerns of Limerick’s residents, from political and civic matters to cultural and recreational pursuits.

The collection in aid of the Parliamentary Fund is progressing satisfactorily. Many are doubling their subscription as a protest against the proclamation, while others follow their example. Mrs. X of Y Hill has sent her splendid contribution of £50, thus proving her devotion to her country’s cause. Those who have not been called upon may expect a visit from collectors soon.

Rev. T. Lee of St. John’s presented the case for action on the Carnegie grant in a passionate speech during the Council meeting last night. The Board of Works has not provided any assistance to help the city out of its quandary, and so it remains for the Corporation to enact the Gymnasium and Museums Act, which would bring in an additional £140 income. Half of this, along with the amount now given to the Free Library, would meet Mr Carnegie’s requirements. The Corporation is expected to supply the funds that the city’s merchants refused when the motion is finalized.

Last night’s Corporation meeting was one of the most business-like held this year. A long agenda and several unlisted matters were dealt with swiftly and efficiently. The current Mayor, Mr J.F. Barry, is to be commended for his ability to discourage prolixity in discussions. Even those with high levels of eloquence cannot grumble, as the results speak for themselves.

Mr O’Malley’s motion to revert to the old system of small committees was passed last night. Only 16 members will serve in the future, and it is evident that those not participating now see the wisdom of the change. Mr Long’s notice of motion to appoint a special committee for the Water Department was postponed again. Councillor Z does not support reafforestation efforts, preferring to focus on more localized matters.

The scheme for providing a good medical staff for the workhouse, as discussed in last week’s column, was adopted. The Local Government Board sanctioned the appointment of three visiting physicians at £50 per year each. However, it was argued that two physicians would provide better value. Furthermore, two resident doctors, along with a resident apothecary, should be sufficient for consultations and operations.

During the Borough meeting, the case of Power v. Corporation revealed that the sum of forty guineas was put down as engineer’s fees. The law adviser requested permission to go to Dublin when these costs are being taxed, which will likely save the ratepayers a significant sum.

A proposal to borrow money for the construction of an up-to-date disinfecting chamber at the workhouse and for providing a new ambulance is supported by the community. It is recognized that epidemics can only be fought by means of isolation and disinfection, and the extra cost to the city would be a small price to pay – around £10 per year.

Father O’Neill’s lecture at St. John’s T. Hall on “The Land of Loveliness” was well-received by the immense audience. They also enjoyed the Irish concert.

The races at Ballycoree (Ennis) next Thursday are expected to draw large numbers of sport-loving Limerick folk to the banks of the Fergus.

The hurling and football contests between Limerick and Clare were exciting and well-attended. Despite the results not being in Limerick’s favor, the players showed great spirit and determination.

On Monday last, many people were disappointed at the Post Office being open for only half an hour in the evening, as it was previously open from 6 to 8 pm. The change in hours has left some individuals disgruntled and inconvenienced.

Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph – Saturday 04 October 1902