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In a notable resolution passed during a recent meeting at the Council offices in Limerick, a decision was made to adorn the city with Irish flags crafted from indigenous poplin. Spearheaded by Mr Michael Donne and seconded by Mr O. P. O’Neill, J.P., this symbolic gesture aims to showcase local craftsmanship during Council meetings and other designated occasions.

Limerick, a city steeped in history and resilience, was the proud host to the Irish Master Bakers’ Association Conference dinner at Desmond Hall in Cruise’s Hotel. The event unfolded with Mr M. J. Russell, the President, presiding over a gathering of one hundred and thirty distinguished guests. Sharing the dais with him were the esteemed Mayor, Alderman P. O’Donovan, on his right, and the City High Sheriff, Mr S. O’Mara, on his left.

The evening commenced with Alderman S. T. Mercer, J.P., Belfast, raising a toast to “The trade and commerce of Limerick.” Expressing delight at Limerick’s progress, he ardently wished for its continued prosperity. Responding to the toast, Mr J. Ellis Goodbody highlighted the city’s economic upswing, citing a considerable increase in imports and exports over the past year. He emphasized the flourishing industries, particularly in bacon, milling, and butter production, while acknowledging the crucial role of smaller enterprises in bolstering the community’s prosperity.

Goodbody urged the people of Limerick to channel their energy into industrial ventures, emphasizing the responsibility of serious business leaders to settle outstanding differences on business lines. Reflecting on his own positive experiences in Limerick, he expressed the hope of spending the remainder of his life amidst similar conditions.

The toast to the “Irish Association of Master Bakers” was presented by Mr M. O’Callaghan, S.C., and received enthusiastic acknowledgment. The response came from Messrs. L. O’Brien of Waterford, G. Baine of Belfast, and T. O’Regan of Tralee. A further toast was dedicated to the new President, with Mr P. Hanlon extending good wishes and receiving a reply couched in optimistic terms.

The evening unfolded with additional toasts including “Our Immediate Past President,” “Our Guests,” “The Allied Trades,” and “The Secretary.” A musical program, skilfully rendered by Mr J. P. Bellens on the piano, added to the convivial atmosphere. The Conference concluded with a visit by delegates to Killaloe.

In a separate development, a keen-eyed observer raised a concern about the welfare of certain plants in Limerick. Comparing recently repotted plants to those left untouched, the observer noted a marked difference in growth and vitality. The lesson here, a cautionary tale for amateur cultivators, emphasized the importance of timely repotting for optimal plant development.

As the night of celebration unfolded, Limerick stood proud, embodying progress and resilience. The city’s economic strides and cultural vibrancy were on full display, symbolized by the locally crafted Irish flags waving in the breeze. The Irish Master Bakers’ Association Conference not only highlighted the achievements of the city but also served as a platform for fostering unity and collabouration among its industrious residents.

As Limerick continues to evolve, embracing both tradition and modernity, its story remains one of triumph and promise. The echoes of laughter and camaraderie from the Conference dinner reverberate through the city, a testament to Limerick’s enduring spirit.

Dublin Daily Express – Friday 31 July 1914

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