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Queenstown – Ireland’s capital of vice
The Queenstown Urban Council has passed a motion protesting the 'scenes of immorality' in the town Photo: National Library of Ireland

Queenstown – Ireland’s capital of vice

Queenstown, 21 March 1918 - A special meeting of  Queenstown Urban Council has unanimously passed a resolution bemoaning the lowering of moral standards in the town.

The motion, proposed by Mr A. Grogan, protested ‘against the disgraceful scenes of immorality by strangers to be witnessed in our public thoroughfares of late’ that have become such a source of ‘scandal to all self-respecting residents and visitors’.

The ‘disgraceful scenes’ were not enumerated in the motion but they were sufficient, it was suggested, to be ‘a source of peril to the morals of our young people’.

The resolution urged the police to take strong and effective measures to address the problem.

The concerns of the Queenstown Council are not a bolt from the blue, but follow a recent warning by the Rev. Dr Daniel Coholan, Bishop of Cork, and his clergy to young women to avoid visiting Queenstown for the purposes of vice.

Furthermore the Council joined with the Bishop and the clergy in protesting against the establishment of a hospital at Spike Island for the treatment of venereal diseases.

[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.