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Letter from Limerick: County Infirmary, Municipal Elections, and an Exile's Dilemma | Limerick Gazette Archives

Letter from Limerick: County Infirmary, Municipal Elections, and an Exile’s Dilemma

Limerick, Friday Night – As the season of peace and goodwill approaches, it is regrettable that Mr James Ellis Goodbody, J.P., has brought forward matters of contention concerning the County Infirmary. While I refrain from delving into the details at this moment, as they will be addressed at the next committee meeting, there is one matter that requires immediate attention. During his lengthy statement at the last meeting, Mr Goodbody claimed to have secured the attendance of the Press to ensure the widest publicity for his remarks. However, the fact is that he only notified one local newspaper, which happens to align with his political and religious views, shedding an interesting light on his notion of impartiality.

Turning to the upcoming municipal elections, Mr P. Mulroney of Lock Quay has conveyed his decision not to seek re-election for any ward. Alderman P. Mulroney, on the other hand, will face opposition from his successor in the Ghrianvalley, Mr James Flynn, making it an intriguing “friendly” contest of Past versus Present. Additionally, Mr Thomas Taney and Mr John Kerr will contest the Abbey Ward, Mr W. G. Peacocke will stand in the Market Ward, and Mr G. M’Donach in the Shannon Ward. Mr E. J. Long is seeking re-election in the Castle Ward.

An interesting letter from abroad provides a glimpse into the dilemma faced by Irish exiles due to circumstances. Mr Michael Dwyer, who previously resided near the Infirmary, emigrated to Canada a couple of years ago and has since found success in ranching. However, he faces a moral dilemma as the removal of restrictions on importing Canadian store cattle into Great Britain might inadvertently lower cattle prices in Ireland. He acknowledges that others around him are engaging in such trade, and he feels compelled to follow suit to remain competitive. This predicament reflects the complexities faced by Irish emigrants who must sometimes make choices that indirectly affect their homeland due to the policies of distant governments.

The people of Limerick, who held Mr Dwyer in high regard, sympathize with the difficult position forced upon him by the implications of global trade and governance.

Dublin Evening Telegraph – Saturday 24 December 1904