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No relief from want on Dublin’s day of the poor
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No relief from want on Dublin’s day of the poor

Dublin, 9 November 1918 - The imminent end of the war is not expected to bring immediate relief to the poorest of the country’s poor.

The world is so short of food and other essentials, the Freeman’s Journal newspaper has pointed out, that the current hardship being endured is set to continue.

This morning’s newspaper editorial on the plight of the poor coincides with the ‘Day of the Dublin Poor’ when the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) makes its public appeal for funds to help alleviate the sufferings caused by acute want in the city.

There is fear, too, that those sufferings may actually increase in the coming months as troops demobilise, workers return, unemployment increases, and winter arrives. The resources of the SVP have already been stretched as a consequence of the influenza epidemic.

The SVP has been working in Dublin for 80 years. It is a catholic organisation but has been administering to the poor of all denominations.

The Freeman’s Journal has urged that alongside the ‘fireworks and joviality’ that the end of the war will bring, ‘the good men and good women will try to complete the peace by bringing comfort to those whom the war has stricken and who are in hunger and suffering’.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]


Century Ireland

The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.