Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

24 February, 1872  


From the Dublin Correspondent of the Tablet of Dec. 30.

Guardians of the Poor. At the meeting of the Board of Guardians at Lurgan, on Thursday last, the Rey. James M'Kenna, P.P., Chaplain, bought the following case forward for consideration. An orphan named Hamill, both of whose parents had been Roman Catholics, and who had been baptised and registered on admission to the workhouse as a Catholic and who had attended mass in the house for a considerable time, was now attending the Presbyterian place of worship.

The chaplain, in the presence of the master of he workhouse, learned from the child himself that he would rather go to Mass. Father M'Keena then examined the Register, and found that an erasure had been made in the column registering the child's religion, and the word " Church " inserted. The guardians were also of the opinion that the register had been tampered with, but, after much discussion on the matter, stated that the only reply they could give to the Rev. Gentleman was, that they had examined the register and found that the child had been entered as belonging to the 'Church'.


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