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Limerick, Ireland – In a notable turn of events, a special meeting convened at the renowned Gems Hotel this past Saturday under the auspices of the County Limerick Farmers’ Association. The primary agenda of this assembly was to facilitate arrangements for the establishment of a dead meat industry. Presiding over the gathering was Mr T. W. Hackett, who skilfully steered discussions in a direction geared towards the realization of this industry.

A notable correspondent, Mr Delmege, detailed the committee’s efforts to identify suitable locations for an abattoir. Among the options discussed were certain vacant sites in the vicinity and the prospect of utilizing an erstwhile factory. However, uncertainties loomed over the latter proposal, contingent upon the approval of trustees at the local Market. Mr C. Canker, D.L., further added to the deliberations, highlighting the challenges posed by the lack of definitive information on railway facilities pivotal to the proposed industry.

John Pogue, a central figure in this unfolding narrative, recently found himself entangled in legal proceedings, further contributing to the intrigue surrounding the region. Pogue, the principal actor in a legal dispute, stood accused of suing a certain Maggie Madly for a sum amounting to 9 pounds. The plaintiff, an elderly man, recounted that he was bereft of funds, having spent his last shilling on purchasing a pair of shoes. The defence, however, offered a twist as it emerged that Pogue’s intention was to propose marriage to the said Ms. Madly.

Mr Delmege, exhibiting sagacity, opined that a cooperative approach to the meat industry could be instrumental. Several members expressed interest in acquiring shares, underscoring a burgeoning optimism for the venture. The meeting concluded with a proposal to establish a committee tasked with negotiating with the Irish Meat Co. Ltd., a move aimed at furthering the cooperative vision.

In another development, concerns regarding foot-and-mouth disease resurfaced as a steamer docked at the town of Limerick. Within its cargo lay potential implications for the local livestock. Notably, a claim asserting the menace of the disease was presented, only to be dismissed, and the chairman clarified that the matter warranted thorough examination.

Freeman’s Journal – Monday 17 February 1913

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