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IRELAND FOR EVER. ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION. NINTH ANNUAL BANQUET AT BARRY. PATRIOTIC AND ENJOYABLE PRO- CEEDINGS. Demonstrations of patriotic enthusiasm among the Irish community at Barry are growing more intense with each succeeding anniversary of their patron saint. For nine years past --ever since the town began its career of phenomenal growth-the event has been celebrated by a banquet and dance, and that held on Thursday evening in last week at the Windsor Hotel quite excelled all its predecessors. The attendance had to be restricted owing to the exigencies of a limited space, but the banquetting hall of the Windsor Hotel was filled to overflowing, not- withstanding the care exercised in the disposal of a limited number of tickets. Mr and Mrs Hobbs had caused the hall to be decorated with a profusion of flags and bunting, and at the head of the room was displayed the gorgeous banner of the local Hibernian Society, while studded here and there were the emblems of several nationalities, not the least conspicuous among them being the Irish harp. Shamrock was worn in many coats, and the manifestations of patriotic spirit were exhibited in abundance. The Rev. Father Byrne, F.S.A., occupied the chair, and was supported at the cross-table by Mr J. Lowdon, J.P., chairman of the School Board Captain R. Davies, Mr W. Graham (president of the Liberal and Radical Association), Mr J. H. Brough, Councillor W. Thomas, Drs P. J. O'Donnell, Kelly, F. G. Sixsmitb, and W. Lloyd Edwards, Mr and Mrs O. McCann, and Mr W. H. Lewis, clerk to the School Board, while among those in attendance were—Rev G. Llecbidon Williams, Councillor E. B. Smith- Jones, Messrs J. A. Manaton, J. E. Rees, Lewis Kvans (BARRY HERALD), J. O'Dea, Angell, F. J. Greener, I. Mordecai, R. O. Jones, H. L. Jones, J. McDonnell, H. Murphy, Mr and Mrs Mackenzie, Mrs Mooney, Mrs Hind, Mr W. M. Davies (South Wales Daily News), &c., &c. Letters of apology for non-attendance were read from Major-General Lee, J P., Alderman J. C. Meggitt, J.P., and Mr D. W. Roberts. THE LOYAL TOAST. The toast of "The Queen," to which is usually coupled that of an Irish Parliament, was submitted in a few choice remarks by the Chairman and greeted with enthusiasm. THE DAY WE CELEBRATE." Mr O. McCann, in submitting this toast, dwelt upon the beauties of the Green Isle, and said that that night thousands of their fellow- countrymen had their thoughts turned to that sea-girt land. The Rev Father Byrne, F.S.A., in responding said I am pleased to be in your midst to-night, because I see so many of my own people and their own personal friends present, and because I have many reasons to believe that we are all friends. We anticipate by a few hours the feast of the grea Apobtle of Ireland. Patrick, it is said, was or- dained priest by St Germain, Bishop of Auxerie, and after a few years sent by him to Rome. Pope Celestine 1. consecrated him Bishop, and sent him to Ireland. The ancient Irish worshipped the sun. That luminary was considered by them as their principal and supreme diety hence fire-worship was the leading dogma in the system of Irish Druidism. Patrick arrived in Ireland about the year 432, and landed in Wicklow, but not meeting with success there he again set sail and proceeded to the Co. Antrim. There the bishop began bis apostolic labours, and was most successful. On the following Easter Sunday Patrick was summoned by the king of Tarah to go to the royal residence, and there explain the new religion be was preach- ing in Ireland. To the king and his court Chris- tianity was unknown. On the anniversary of our Lord's resurrection Patrick explained to the king of Tarah and his court the piincipal mysteries of Christianity, and the result was that many con- verts, including some of the king's children, were received into the true fold, and as a mark of respect the king gave Patrick the Fort of Trim for resi- dence. On the hill of Tardh, therefore, and in the presence of the king and his court, Druidical superstition received its death-blow. Cashel and Meath followed the example of Tarah, and then the man of God went through the length and breadth of our Island, and a change took place through his labours, of which we tind no other example in the history of the Church. In his own lifetime he saw the entire country united in homaee to the doctrine of Jesus Christ crucified. Noble churches, convents, monasteries, and colleges sprung up on every side. Ireland then earned and claimed as a right that title ever her most glorious, the Island of Virgins "—exhaled the fragrant atmosphere of virtue, of that virtue, the flame of faith, fertile of all others, which enabled her to send her sons to bear the standard of the Cross to other nations, to become themselves apostles to new peoples. And while the rest of Europe seemed as if returning to barbarism, one country eujoyed 500 years of comparative peace, cultivating the arts and sciences, instilling into the hearts of her children that iove of religion, that attachment to faith for which they became re- nowned. The rays of our bright Northern light were seen gleaming by far-off lands in semi- darkness, attracting youth in thousands to go to Ireland, and there drink deep at the well of knowledge and piety. They went from England, France, and Spain, and still more distant lands. Men from Irish Colleges went forth to enlighten every part of the Continent, and Oxford and Paris, and many of the most illustrious universities of Europe, acknowledged Irishmen as theinfounders, or as the most celebrated persons who gave them strength in infancy. But it was not enough for Ireland to educate and send to their homes those who had been intrusted to her care and to give professors to foreign colleges. The missionary spirit which has ever distinguished our nation was enkindled. The life of austerity and retirement which tempers the soul for the apostolic iife caused the zeal for conversion to flame forth in the hearts of St. Columban and his intrepid dis- ciples. They rush forth from our land to combat Paganism, to win over to the faith a hundred barbarian nations. Already they have braved the storms of the sea, evangelised the Hebrides, the highlands of Scotland and Northumberland. Soon we see them in the Flanders, amongst the Austrians, in Switzerland, and the two Burgundies. They traverse the Rhine on, on, they bear the Cross into Bavaria, Germany, and to the south of the Danube. They penetrate into Spain, the extremity of Italy, and the greater Greece. No fewer than eight nations must acknowledge that it was on the altar of religion in Ireland they lighted their torches and brought back faith and piety from our country to their own. (Applause.) IRELAND A NATION. The Rev. Father Byrne gave this toast in a few remarks, and dwelt upon the acknowledged fact that Ireland was upon all the elements that constituted a nation truly one. (Cheers.) Dr. O'Donnell, in response to the toast, said they hoped to have one of the Irish members of Parliament present that evening to speak to that toast, but owing to the County Council elections not one could spare the time. The elections marked an important epoch in the history of Ireland, since the whole of the local government would thereby undergo a change. It was important, therefore, that the Irish Nationalist party should make every effort to succeed, and he hoped thpy would do so. The control of the country had been handed over from the juries, and he hoped would in future be in the hands of the Nationalist Party. (Ap- plause.) Some few years ago, at one of their annual gatherings in the town, they had looked forward with hopeful anticipation of going over to see the old Parliament House in College Green re-opened.They had been diappointed,and Home Rule had been deferred for a time. The new order of things would only satisfy them as an instalment of what was to follow. These Councils would educate the people up to the point of demanding the power to legislate as well as administrate. (Cheers.) There had been dissension, unfortunately among the Irish Party, but he hoped and believed that the splendid spirit recently displayed by Mr John Dillon in retiring unsolicited from the leadership and allowing the party to become united when they will meet at the Nationalist Convention at Eastertide would be productive of good result. In future it was, therefore, sincerely hoped that Ireland would have a solid body of representatives—united in every good purpose. "THE LAND WE LIVE IN." Dr Kelly, then in a course of an usually eloquent and singularly happy speech, proposed "The Land We Live In." He remarked upon the great similarity between the two nations and both countries, and said it was peculiar, too, that the celebrations of each of the respective saints took place in the same month, and the harp was the emblem of both. Both were to be found all over the world, and altho' Welshmen laid special claim to having colonised Patagonia there could be doubt from its name that "Paddy" was its founder. (Laughter and cheers.) Captain R Davies, vice-chairman of the School Board, said the chiefest characteristics of both the Welsh and Irish nations were their intense love of each other and their commercial ability. At present the commercial relations of both countries were more closely allied than ever, while the lasses that came over to Wales captured the hearts of the Cymry, and likewise the Irishmen admired the girls of Wales. (Cheers.) Mr J. E. Rees said that to have a race, alike in its language and characteristics, would be making the world and life montonous. (Cheers.) OTHER TOASTS. Mr J. Kelly then gave the toast of "Our Visitors," and asked the gathering to extend the latter every cordiality as friends of Ireland and the Irish people. One of their visitors- Mr Graham—whilst acting as secretary for Ireland in the mimic Parliament at Barry, had declared it Was time that all Irish political prisoners should be released. Would to God that this could have been done in reality! (Cheers.) The expression he took to be rather a sincere wish, and he personally could not forget it. It had been stated by Mr Michael Davitt, that the great block to Irish Home Rule was the ignorance of the English people in Irish affairs. Irishmen, however, knew what they required, and they should de- mand them from a British Parliament (Cheers.) Mr J. Lowdon, J.P., also responded. At Cardiff (be said) they used to have a St. Andrews' dinner among Scotchmen, and it was also known by the number of empty bottles and bad heads that followed. (Laughter.) The St. Patrick celebration at Barry would, how- ever, always be known by the eloquent speech and healthful enjoyment that prevailed. Per- sonally, he hoped they would live to see that day celebrated in Barry for many years to come. (Cheers.) M. W. Graham, in the course of a jocular speech, said Scotchmen claimed the world- and anything else they could lay their upon. Irish- men loved a fight, and that was one of their strong points. But beneath this sordid crust there was a sympathetic and kindly nature. Irishmen had been the ones he had known who could put a quart into a pint pot, because they had hearts always too large for th3ir bodies. (Cheers.) Mr H. Wood gave The Press," and the representative of the BARRY HERALD and Mr T. J. Rees responded. Dr. O'Donnell gave" The Chairman," which was heartily drunk, and the latter then sub- mitted the" Host and Hostess" in terms of great eulogy for the excellent provision.—Mr Hobbs suitably replied. DANCE AND SONG. In the course of the evening songs were sung by Miss Mooney, Miss Edwards. Mr J. A. Kelly, Mr H. Murphy, and Mr E. Rjan, the latter also acting as accompauist. Subsequently the room was cleared, and the glowing hours sped on to the accompaniment of the enjoyable music and dancing. Credit is due to the com- mittee and secretary (Mr J. McDonnell) for the splendid arrangements.

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