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Limerick Takes Stand Against Immoral Literature: City Unites to Combat Unwholesome Publications

In a decisive demonstration held in Limerick yesterday, approximately 4,081 individuals gathered to voice their strong opposition to the influx of unwholesome literature into the city. The event, presided over by the Mayor, saw enthusiastic participation, with notable figures such as Mr Moran, a solicitor, representing the sentiments of the community. Letters of apology from prominent figures like Rev. Father Mangan, C.SS.R., and Dean Hackett of S. Mary’s Protestant Cathedral were read, adding weight to the collective disapproval.

The Mayor, addressing the assembled crowd, emphasized the community’s unwavering determination to eradicate demoralizing literature from their midst. Rev. J. O’Connor, Adm., St. Michael’s, took the podium to propose a resolution condemning the presence of evil literature. He commended the large turnout and made a special appeal to women, urging their active involvement in the campaign against objectionable publications.

Mr M. Comyn, S.L., highlighted a significant decline in the sale of certain publications in Dublin due to the efforts of the Vigilance Committees. He argued that until state intervention occurred, the people should take matters into their own hands. Support for the cause echoed through the voices of Rev. Father Francis, O.F.M., who backed the resolution, ultimately leading to its adoption.

Furthering the resolve against immoral literature, a subsequent resolution was recommended by Mr R. Gilman and endorsed by Mr R. P. O’Connor. This resolution called upon citizens to refrain from patronizing shops that stocked objectionable publications. In a separate motion, Ald. Joyce, MP.., supported by Mr D. Griffin, urged the government to introduce legislation specifically addressing the issue of trafficking in immoral literature.

Ald. Joyce expressed hope that Limerick’s proactive stance would inspire the rest of Ireland to follow suit, creating a unified front against the spread of objectionable content. The collective sentiment was that the city, by taking this stand, could serve as a model for the entire nation.

The demonstration showcased the community’s commitment to upholding moral standards and safeguarding its residents from the potential harm posed by immoral literature. As the call to action reverberates through Limerick, it remains to be seen how this united front against objectionable publications will influence the broader discourse on morality and literature in Ireland.

Irish Independent – Monday 01 December 1913

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