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Limerick Plans "Colleen Bawn" Fete to Support St. John's Hospital; Fuel Fund Distributes Coal for Christmas; Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children Established; London-Irish Footballers Visit |

Limerick Plans “Colleen Bawn” Fete to Support St. John’s Hospital; Fuel Fund Distributes Coal for Christmas; Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children Established; London-Irish Footballers Visit

The city of Limerick is preparing for various events and initiatives to support and uplift the community. Among these efforts is the “Colleen Bawn” Fete, which will raise funds for the debt-laden St. John’s Hospital next summer. Additionally, the Fuel Fund is distributing coal to provide warmth to those in need during the Christmas season. Furthermore, a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has been established to protect vulnerable youth, while the London-Irish Footballers are set to visit and compete in an exciting match.

The “Colleen Bawn” Fete is set to be held next summer with the goal of raising funds for the debt-laden St. John’s Hospital, as decided during a meeting at the Athenaeum this afternoon. The Bishop spoke highly of the hospital’s accomplishments and emphasized the need for public support.

A letter from Cornwall was read during Wednesday’s meeting of the Guardians, suggesting that any Limerick doctors who prefer a £90 a year position in Cornwall’s tin mines over their current role as a Visiting Medical Officer at the Limerick District Hospital. Given the appeal of such an offer, the L.G.B. must consider offering higher salaries to keep skilled medical professionals.

With Christmas approaching, Mr J. H. Roche, the hon. secretary, has ordered the distribution of two hundred tons of coal for the city’s Fuel Fund. In a season of unpredictable weather, this supply will provide warmth and comfort to many homes in need.

In a bid to protect children from abuse and neglect, a meeting was held on Tuesday that resulted in the establishment of a Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in Limerick. The Society’s action is meant to be deterrent rather than punitive and has the support of local committees.

St. Michael’s Women’s Total Abstinence Sodality held their Annual Retreat for members this week, providing an opportunity for reflection on the positive work done to combat alcoholism and abusive behavior in households.

On Tuesday, the “Wild Geese”, the London-Irish Footballers, will visit and compete against the Garryowen team in the Markets Field. This event is expected to draw a large crowd.

In anticipation of the Christmas holidays, several draper houses in the area are planning to close on Saturday, December 27th. This extra day off is expected to be extended to other businesses, giving employees a much-needed longer holiday.

The Limerick Commercials will present gold medals to the football team during an event at their clubrooms on 1 George street this Sunday night at 8 o’clock.

Finally, an Irish concert and dramatic representation, sponsored by the Limerick Branch of the Daughters of Erin, will take place at the Athenaeum on St. Stephen’s night, featuring renowned harpist Owen Lloyd and various Irish songs, dances, and character sketches.

Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph – Saturday 20 December 1902

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