|TO THE EDITOR OF THE CORK EXAMINER|
|195, Phibsborough-road, Dublin, |
June 16th, 1878.
| DEAR SIR,On the 14th of October, 1876, I addressed a letter to the Catholics of Ireland, through the Freeman's Journal, in favour of the Society of African Missions, asking, not merely for pecuniary aid, but still more, for subjects willing to devote their lives to the evangelization of Dahomey. The first application I had in reply was from a child of Waterford, Miss Ryan, of Chickpoint, whose letters, full of holy zeal, are now before me. I wrote to her in reply :The mission is a very hard one, and will involve continual self-sacrifice, with little if any, earthly comfort, to which she generously replied :I have but one life to devoteand if God will accept it for the poor Africans I unhesitatingly place it at their disposal. Accordingly, I adopted Miss Margaret Ryan, and sent her to the convent at Lyons. While there she was a model of the interior life, delicate, indeed, in body, but strong in mind, and ardent in her desire to join the Sisterhood at Dahomey, West African Coast. After a year's probation she received the veil, and thus became a daughter of the Propagation of the Faith. I visited the convent at Lyons last year, and had for some weeks a daily opportunity of conversing with Sister Mary Dominick, for this was the name Miss Ryan took in religion, and never shall I forget the deep lessons of pietythe burning desire to serve Godand the very apostolic zeal for Africa which marked her every sentence. In the beginning of this year several members of the society, priests and nuns, were sent to Lagos, Dahomey, and among them Sister Dominickall the others were French. Sister Dominick was, in fact, the first Irish missionary that set foot in Dahomey, and this was to her a subject of delight. But, alas! to-day I received a letter from Lagos, conveying the sad intelligence that Sister Dominick is numbered among the dead!! From the moment of her arrival she failed in healthstill rallied now and then, and devoted the last weeks of her life to the black children, whom she called her dear little adopted brothers and sisters. She felt grateful that God had allowed her, even for a short period, to aid in teaching the heathen children the message of salvation, and then passed into the eternal presence of Him who she had served in the persons of His poor little creatures of Dahomey. Thus the first in Ireland who volunteered for the Mission of Dahomey, was the first Irish subject sent there, and the first of Ireland's children whose life has been laid as a sacrifice on the altar of apostolic charity in that benighted land. However, we may regret her early death, yet we are glad to see noble, ardent, God-like zeal for such souls blessed with a crown of immortality. The Catholics of Waterford will, however, have reason to congratulate themselves that one of their fellow-citizens, and that one, of the weaker sex, has fallen a victim in far distant shores, not to earthly ambition, but to Divine love.
May her place be with the saints, and may others follow to perpetuate the great work, and be, in their turn, crowned with a heavenly reward.Most faithfully,
|JAMES O'HAIRE. |
IMPROVEMENT OF PASSAGE.
|IN accordance with a numerously-signed requisition Mr. T. P. Stamers, J.P., convened a meeting yesterday, at the Court-house, Passage, for the purpose of considering what steps should be taken in order to re-establish a public market and Fairs in the town. Passage was formerly a market town and two fairs were held there annually, but as the fixture of the fairs clashed with those of Ballinhassig they ultimately fell through. By the lapsing of these fairs Passage has ceased to be a market town, and has, therefore, lost several privileges which appertain to towns coming under that denomination.
The meeting was held at 1 o'clock, Mr. T. P. STAMERS, J.P., in the chair.
Others presentMessrs. W. D'E. Parker, Joseph Mintern, S. Drought, T. S. Clark, Danl. Hegarty, H. Brown, &c.
The Chairman announced the object of the meeting, in which he heartily concurred, and said he would be glad to hear any gentleman who had a suggestion to make on the matter. He thought that the establishment of this market would confer a very material benefit on the community, and effect the restoration of privileges which its extinction had lost to the people of Passage. Miss Boland was in attendance, and would answer any questions that might be put to her relative to the terms on which she would rent the market-place, which was in her possession, to them if they decided on re-establishing the fairs and markets formerly held in the town.
Miss Boland said that the right of her family to the market was by a royal patent which had been in the possession of her family for centuries. She expressed her willingness to facilitate the opening of the market for the object stated by the chairman, on the payment of a small sum which was due on it.
After some discussion, the following committee was appointed to confer with Miss Boland and arrange what sum should be given for the place :Messrs. Hegarty, T. P. Stamers, W. D. E. Parker, and Captain Brown.
Mr. Parker said the next matter was to arrange about the revival of the fairs, and in order to accomplish that object a subscription list should be opened, a treasurer and hon., secretary being appointed.
The following resolution was proposed by Mr. Joseph Mintern, seconded by Mr. Henry Brown, and unanimously adopted :That it is desirable for the interests of the town of Passage West that the Midsummer Fair be revived, that a subscription list be now opened to defray the necessary expenses, that Mr. Hegarty be appointed treasurer, and Mr. Parker hon. sec.
It was then arranged that a public meeting should be held in the same place and at the same hour next Tuesday, when the committee are to report to the meeting the result of their interview with Miss Boland.
The meeting then adjourned.
ST. COLMAN'S COLLEGE, FERMOY.
DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES.
|YESTERDAY being the close of the academical session at this college, the annual distribution of prizes, consequent on the examinations which have been going on for some weeks past, took place in the Examination Hall, at two o'clock, under the presidency of his Lordship the Most Rev. Dr. M'Carthy, Bishop of Cloyne. Dr. Wigmore, having listed as select and interesting a programme as was ever served up to any of the large and respectable audiences which crowd the Examination Hall of St. Colman's on such agreeable occasions. At eleven o'clock the spacious hall was filled with a respectable and appreciative audience, comprising friends of all the students, the principal Catholic inhabitants of Fermoy, and many of the clergy from adjoining parishes where the number was so large, something over three hundred. It was hardly possible to get an accurate list of those present, but amongst those invited or present were :Archdeacon O'Regan, V G ; Captain Stewart, J P ; Very Rev Dean O'Mahony, Uniacke Mackay, Esq, J P ; Very Rev Dr Dilworth, John Gearin, Esq, J P and party ; Mr M'Carthy Downing, M P ; Canon Walsh, P P, Conna ; Dr and Mrs Walsh, Buttevant ; Alderman Synan and Masters Synan, Charles Adams, Rathcormac ; John G MacCarthy, M P ; M J Magnier and Miss Magnier, Colonel Colthurst, Esq, D L ; John Downey, Esq, Canon Burton, P P ; Mr F M'Carthy, J P ; Dr and Mrs Roche, Jonesborough ; Rev F Cronin, P P, Mrs Morrogh, National Bank ; Miss Mackay, Ballyroberts Castle ; Thomas Carroll, J P, and Mrs Carroll ; Cornelius H Dennehy, Esq, Munster Bank ; Anthony O'Geran, J P ; Dr and Mrs Aherne, Mrs Burns, Belmonte ; Thomas Brien, Esq, J P ; Charles Walsh, Esq ; Captain and Mrs Baker ; Mrs Horgan and Miss Lynch, Lach Hill ; Dr and Mrs Donovan, John O'Flynn, Esq ; Coroner Rice, Esq ; Richard Carroll, Esq, J P ; J Barry, Esq, Solr. ; Thomas Rice, Esq, Solr. ; Dr and Mrs Sisk ; Rev D O'Connell, P P ; Rev William Hickey, P P ; Rev David Burdon, Rev Dr M'Carthy, Rev Timothy O'Connell, James O'Brien, Esq, G Holland, Tervoe ; Mrs Brien ; James Byrne, Esq, J P ; Wm Mackay, Esq, Solr. ; Mrs Loone ; James Gallagher, Esq, J P ; Rev William Lenihan, Rev John O'Donoghue, Rev M Kennific, P P, Rev Peter M'Swiney, Rev W O'Brien, P P, Rev J Fitzpatrick, P P, Rev W Coughlan, Rev D O'Callaghan, Rev J Greene, Mr H Barry and Mrs Barry, Mr Kenny, Bowview ; J Greene, Mr and Mrs Hare, Mrs Corcoran, Mr Heffernan, Miss Corcoran, J J Carey, Cork ; Mr John O'Driscoll, Valentia ; Mrs Daly, Woodville, Limerick ; Mrs Crowley, Aghada ; Messrs Butler, Cahirciveen ; Rev C Barry, C C ; Mr Murphy, Cork, &c.||
| Shortly after the hour announced, the proceedings opened with a march played by the College band, Glory and honour to the men of old. The chorus, Qual delixia, ah ! qual piacer, was next given by the College choir, after which the recitation, Bernardo and Alphonso was rendered in capital style by Master P. Murphy. Masters Creedon, Lawlor, and Crowley next delivered a very instructive and interesting lecture on the elements of geology and mineralology, which was succeeded by The Larboard Watch rendered by the college choir. Piano solo from Der Freishutz was next given by Master Butler, followed by the Spanish ballad Jaunita, which was well rendered by Master Power and the choir. Master C. Creedon was loudly applauded for the manner in which he recited (in Irish) The Exile of Erin, and so was Master P. Fitzgerald for his able lecture on botany. The next interesting item was a debate on Irish history between Masters M'Carthy and O'Hea, and this was succeeded by the recitation, Emmeline Talbot, which was nicely given by Master D. Lawlor. Master W. Heaphy gave an essay on Homeric Antiquities, embracing a description of the armour worn by a Grecian warrior, as described in the Iliad, which was well received by the audience, as was also an Irish dialogue (written for the entertainment) between Masters P. Leahy and C. Creedon. The college choir then sang the German song, Mein Herts ist am Rheine ; and Master E. O'Connor gave an excellent rendering of the beautiful recitation, The Gambler's Wife. Master M'Carthy then played the piano solo Andante e Allegro, and Master J. Morrissey followed with a passage from the Italian, La Gerusalemme liberata. Erin the Tear (in Irish) was charmingly rendered by the college choir, and Master O'Keeffe played a piano solo in a style which was very creditable Socrates' Trial and Defence, from the Apology of Plato, was done full justice to at the hands of master C. O'Flynn ; and a French dialogue followed suit at the hands of Masters Heaphy, O'Brien, and O'Shea. Eliza was fairly rendered by Master A. O'Driscoll, and was followed by a Greek translation of Begone dull care, by the choir Leggiero Rondinetto, a piano solo, was beautifully recited by Master G. O'Sullivan, and the Latin version of Auld Lang Syne, by the choir, brought the first part of the programme to an agreeable termination.|
| The prizes were then distributed by his Lordship to the successful competitors in the various subjects taught in the collegeMasters Francis Barry, Thomas Mansfield, and James Brien receiving good conduct prizes.|
| The following were the names of the other students recommended for good conduct prizesMasters Joseph Synan, James Fitzgerald, Cornelius O'Flynn, Paul Murphy, and Michael Ahern.|
| His Lordship then addressed those present, and said it was a happy occasion that called them together that day to witness such an exhibition of talent, such a rare intellectual treat, as the students had provided for them, and his lordship thought it would be ungrateful in them if they did not make some acknowledgement for the pleasure they derived from that exhibition. He was sure that if he were to fully interpret the feelings of all present, he need only express his own, by saying that they were all deeply grateful to the pupils for the varied and interesting entertainment they had afforded them that dayan entertainment that combined in a great degree both instruction and amusement. He said instruction, for there were very few of them that did not receive an addition to their store of knowledge by the exhibition. For some of them it brought much new information, and to others it was a revival of what they had learned many years ago. He could say for himself that he was highly gratified with the way in which the young gentlemen acquitted themselves in the various subjects they treated, and he alluded in an especial manner to the lectures on scientific subjects which were delivered, especially those on mineralogy and botany. They were most interesting and instructive, but what struck him most was the manner in which they were delivered. Not only were the subjects handled in a masterly style, but the pupils seemed to get through their work with an ease and self-possession on the stage that were very pleasing and highly creditable (applause). They seemed to be thoroughly acquainted with their subject, and conveyed their ideas in an intelligible form to the listenerin a manner, indeed, that almost exhibited the perfection of the finished orator and debater. With regard to the other portions of the entertainment he need not dilate [sic] on them ; it was sufficient to say that he never attended a similar exhibition which was so well selected or so well performed. The boys who took part in that entertainment were after a year's hard course of studya study that would be enough to occupy them through the whole yearand yet there was no evidence of want of preparation in any of them ; one would imagine they had devoted the whole year to the compositions they had read that day. It was a source of congratulation to Dr. Wigmore and the professors of that college to know that the students under their care had been so successful, and that the college had been progressing and increasing in usefulness from year to year. In fact, the accommodation at the institution was not sufficient to meet the wants of the large number desirous to enter it, and on this account a great number had been refused admission during the past year. They could all judge of the varied nature of the instruction given at that college, and the admirable way in which it was received by the pupils, from the example which had that day been brought before the audience. He was almost disposed to envy the boys the great advantage which they had now, in the way of education, when compared with students of 30 or 40 years ago. He looked upon it as a matter of great thankfulness that the youth of Ireland could now, in such institutions as that, obtain a good secular and religious education, and in the exhibition that day they gave proof of what such an education could do. Some of the statesmen of the present day were opposed to such a combination, and used every effort to separate religious and secular instruction. However, he (his lordship) was not of the opinion, and considered that the best education was that in which religion and secular instruction went hand in hand. In that college the secular part was in good hands, and the professors being priests there was no need to assure them that the religious portion of the education received proper attention. in conclusion his lordship wished God-speed and increased prosperity to the College of St. Colman (applause).|
| Those present were then entertained to a sumptuous dejeuner by Dr. Wigmore in the spacious dining hall of the College, after which the assemblage returned to the Examination Hall, which had been tastefully fitted up for the production of the tragedy of The iron Chest. The orchestra was composed of Herr Phillippe (cornet), Signor Silvani (violin), and Master Butler (pianist), and some choice selections were given by the accomplished trio during the intervals between the acts. The scenic arrangements were excellent, and such as would do credit to a public theatre whose boards are graced by professionals instead of amateurs. The cast of the play was judiciously selected, and unless we wished to be captious to an extreme degree we could scarcely find fault with any of the performers, even with those figuring in the minor parts. The following is the dramatis personae :Sir Edward Mortimer, Master E. O'Connor ; Fitzharding, W. MacCarthy ; Wilford, W. Heaphy ; Adam Winterton, J. Norris ; Rawbold, T. Lenihan ; Samson, J. O'Driscoll ; Boy, J. Horgan ; Cook, T. Mansfield ; John, J. Coughlan ; Peter, Fras. Barry ; Walter, P. Benson ; Simon, J. Brien ; Gregory, T. Roche ; Armstrong, J. Morrissey ; Orson, P. Leahy ; 1st Robber, C. Creedon ; 2nd Robber, T. Creedon ; 3rd Robber, P. Fitzgerald ; 4th Robber, W. Lawlor ; Robber's Boy, John Corcoran ; Lady Helen, John O'Shea ; Blanche, Joseph M. Crowley ; Barbara, Patrick O'Neil ; Judith, John Walsh. The reading of all the parts was faultless, and the accentuation well marked ; but Master E. O'Connor (Mallow) evidenced in a remarkable degree how carefully he had studied the character of Sir Edward Mortimer, and in the impassioned passage betrayed all the vehemence, power, and strength of character which mark the portrayals of a great tragedian. The gesture was not jerky or overstrained, and the wonderfully elocutionary power of Master O'Connor fairly brought down the house. We should also mention that Master W. Heaphy as Wilford, and Mr. John O'Shea as Lady Helen, were all that the most fastidious could desire, the make-up and deportment of the latter being exceedingly good, albeit it is next to impossible to get an amateur capable of properly filling the role of female impersonator. After the play had concluded, Master Charles Dunsworth sang in character That's where you made the mistake, and was loudly applauded, after which the curtain was raised on the farce of The Irish Lion, which set the audience in roars of laughter. This concluded the varied and choice programme set down for discussion, and the agreeable proceedings were brought to a close about six o'clock.|