|Edward J Byrne (1872-1940) became Archbishop of Dublin in 1921. The entire Byrne collection is made up of 108 boxes of material. This box contains a wide range of material on a variety of organisations.
Charity cases, c.4 boxes includes, applications to the archbishop for assistance: letters from the applicants directly, and written on their behalf, by Parish Priests and Pro Cathedral (McArdle?). Most cases caused by unemployment, widowhood or illness and old age.
For example, Miss Viollette Alicia Mary Veronica Blake-de-Burgh is staying at the Gresham Hotel, Dublin and has run out of money to pay the bill. Her father turned her out of the house for becoming Catholic but her petition to Lourdes to be remembered in his will was granted.
Peter Fay, who fled Belfast in the riots of 1920 was selling eggs around Ballycreen, Arklow but his business has failed: the Relieving Officer of the district is Miss B. Byrne who can verify what he says, though he can get neither work nor relief: 'they all have a settled dislike of strangers'. Another note calls him 'a professional beggar', and speaks of the number of schoolchildren receiving a hot midday meal at the Arklow Technical School during the winter months.
From the St John Ambulance Brigade in Ireland asking to be considered in the Archbishop's allocation of funds for free dinners, and refers to the free Dining Rooms the Brigade runs for expectant and nursing mothers of the very poor. The women are sent from the Baby Clubs by Dr Reddin or by the Conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society.
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