Lurgan Coat of Arms The Armagh Guardian

7 October, 1880  


Dublin, Oct. 6, 1880. Colonel Waring made a speech at Lurgan this week, in which he said: 'I do not wish to be a prophet of evil, but it is useless to conceal from ourselves that we are on the eve of a crisis such as has not occurred for three-quarters of a century. The state of a large part of this island at present is not creditable to the Government nor satisfactory to its peaceable inhabitants. It behoves all organizations of Protestants, in face of the difficulties and dangers that threaten us, to close their ranks, and, sinking all minor differences, to stand shoulder to shoulder in front of the common foe. In all civilized communities the duty of protecting life and property is delegated to the State; and to the Stale, while that duty is duly and effectually performed, all loyal men are bound to leave it. But, should the State fail to afford that protection which it is its duty to do, and should anarchy and rebellion be permitted to stalk unchecked throughout the land, then, indeed, more primitive methods of self-protection may have to be resorted to, and the great cause of civil and religious liberty, for which our fathers fought and fell on many bloody fields at home and abroad, may again call for the support of the strong arms and stout hearts of their children. God forbid that such a position should be forced upon us; but, if it is, I am sure that the young men of Lurgan whom I see before me will not be wanting either in will or power to do their duty to their God, their Queen, and their country.' The speech has excited much attention.


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