In 1891 the children’s home recently established in Delgany attracted unwelcome attention as a result of an allegation of proselytism. This talk will offer an account of the background to the case and its outcome. The story ranges from the leafy lanes of Delgany to the mean streets of Monto, and its principal actors include a public-spirited parson and a Parnellite priest, philanthropic ladies, a rising political star, and a destitute widow and her little daughter, the unwitting focus of this local instance of confessional conflict.
Rosemary Raughter will speak on ‘”Very like proselytism”: the Delgany Children’s Home (1890-1905) and the Fanny Christian affair’ at the next meeting of Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society at the Family Centre (beside Holy Rosary Church), Greystones, on Wednesday, 18 October 2023 at 7.30pm.
Admission 3 euro.