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Limerick Firm’s Subscription to Proselytising Society Sparks Controversy

In a recent article published in a Dublin weekly paper, Messrs. Cannock & Co., a prominent Limerick firm, found themselves embroiled in controversy over their alleged subscription to the Society for Irish Church Missions to Roman Catholics, known for its proselytizing efforts. Responding to the claims, Cannock & Co. issued a disclaimer, vehemently denying any association with Dr Long, who works for the society. However, further investigation reveals that the firm did indeed subscribe to the society, as acknowledged in its annual report for 1903-1904.

The report of the Society for Irish Church Missions to Roman Catholics, to which Cannock & Co. contributed £1, dedicates significant attention to Dr Long’s work in Limerick. It highlights the challenges faced by Dr Long and his family, who are allegedly denied the means of transportation, and strongly criticizes the authorities for their perceived indifference to the “Romish persecution” faced by Dr Long and his family.

Cannock & Co.’s attempt to distance themselves from Dr Long and his proselytizing activities seems unconvincing given their financial support for society, as indicated by their subscription. The firm claims that they would not “knowingly subscribe” to any proselytizing purpose, raising questions about their awareness of the nature and objectives of the Irish Church Missions. The sarcastic suggestion that they may have mistaken the society for other non-proselytizing organizations adds to the scepticism surrounding their statement.

Another Limerick firm, Messrs. Todd and Co., did not appear to make any effort to deny their subscription of 10s. to the Irish Church Missions fund, contrasting with Cannock & Co.’s attempt to disassociate themselves from the controversial society.

The revelation of Cannock & Co.’s subscription to the Society for Irish Church Missions to Roman Catholics has generated considerable public interest and raised questions about the firm’s stance on proselytization. As the story continues to unfold, it remains to be seen how this controversy will impact Cannock & Co.’s reputation and relationships with both Catholic and Protestant communities in Limerick.

Dublin Leader – Saturday 03 September 1904