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BISHOP O’DWYER EXPRESSES DISMAY OVER SUNDAY CONCERTS

In a recent correspondence to the press, Dr O’Dwyer of Limerick conveyed his disapproval regarding a forthcoming Sunday concert scheduled to take place at the Theatre. The Bishop articulated his concerns, stating: “I am troubled by the public advertisement for a concert to be held at the Theatre on tomorrow (Sunday) evening. This is something I firmly protest against. There are six days in the week for such entertainments, and it is fitting to leave to God the one day that is consecrated to Him.”

Dr O’Dwyer’s sentiments reflect a broader societal debate regarding the appropriateness of hosting events, particularly leisure activities, on Sundays. His objection appears to be rooted in a traditional view of Sunday as a day of rest and worship, to be observed distinctively from the other days of the week.

The announcement of the Sunday concert has evidently prompted Dr O’Dwyer to voice his concerns publicly, perhaps motivated by a desire to uphold religious values and observance within the community. His stance aligns with a segment of society that values the sanctity of Sundays and perceives them as distinct from secular activities.

It is noteworthy that Dr O’Dwyer’s objection is directed specifically towards the hosting of a concert on a Sunday, rather than the concept of entertainment itself. This nuance suggests a recognition of the importance of leisure and cultural activities, albeit within the framework of religious observance.

The decision to stage the concert on a Sunday, despite Dr O’Dwyer’s objection, raises questions about the balance between secular and religious interests within society. It underscores the ongoing tension between the desire for entertainment and leisure and the traditional values associated with religious observance.

While Dr O’Dwyer’s protest may not necessarily lead to the cancellation of the concert, it serves as a reminder of the diversity of perspectives within the community regarding the observance of Sundays and the appropriate activities therein.

As the debate unfolds, it remains to be seen how the community, and perhaps the authorities, will respond to Dr O’Dwyer’s objection and whether it will impact future scheduling of events on Sundays.

Dublin Daily Express – Monday 16 April 1917

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