Trade Talks Revive Ranchers' Controversy
By the EARL OF WICKLOW The last Government when urging its industrial policy brought into disrepute what were called the ranchers, i.e. those who owned large grazing farms.
1 had almost forgotten this controversy and it did not occur to me that the recent trade agreement with England and the successful outcome of the disputed cattle prices had any social significance.
It interested me therefore to read in the News Review that the agreement meant in effect that the rancher was on his feet again at the expense of the farmer proper.
I cannot understand why the prosperity of the cattle trade between England and Ireland should inflict any hardship on the Irish farmer. though one must in honesty face up to the fact that a grazing farm perhaps tends to employ rather less labour. This is, however. a disputable point. and as we have sonic of the best grass lands in the world, we surely should not refuse to work them to the best advantage.
MAYNOOTH FINANCES Maynooth is, I suppose, one of the greatest seminaries in the world, and is of special importance, not only because it supplies clergy for the whole of Ireland, but also exports considerable numbers as well; not only are Maynooth priests to be found in many parts of the Englishspeaking world, but during the last 50 years it has given birth to two flourishing missionary societies. the Mayhooth Mission to China and St. Patrick's Society, who work in tropical Africa.
A very mistaken notion is widely accepted. that Maynooth is a rich institution; this notion was effectively dispelled by Mgr. Boylan, Vicar-General for the diocese of Dublin. in a speech to the Maynooth Union. He pointed out that the college revenue from investments had been steadily declining, and was still doing so, and that much of the State grant of £372.000 in 1870 had been completely lost. " In many cases." he said, " one would need a sort of financial radar equipment to trace the survival of the various portions of the f372,000." Whereas by 1932 the college income had sunk to £18,276, by 1948 it was only £14,702.
Mgr. Boylan further referred to the enormous sums contributed to the upkeep of missionary institutions, and pointed out that while this was altogether to be praised, it mighth not he out of place to remind the charitable Irish people that without Maynooth there would be no secular clergy, and without the secular clergy and their work the missionary institutions would soon disappear.
DR. VINCENT O'BRIEN The death of .Vincent O'Brien, at the age of 77, breaks a link with old Dublin. Bast known perhaps as the discoverer of John McCormack, whom he used to accompany at all his earlier concerts, it was Dr. O'Brien to whom Edward Martyn entrusted the carrying out of his plans for a Palaestrina choir in the pro-Cathedral in Dublin.
For a time he was Professor of Gregorian chant at Maynooth, and from 1926 to 1941 he was musical director of Radio Eireann. Llp to the end of his life he was organist at the Pro-Cathedral.
The affection in which he was held in Dublin was demonstrated at the Requiem Mass in the ProCathedral which he had served for so many years. where he was honoured by the presence of the Archbishop, who presided, the President of Ireland and many other distinguished people, and also by the throngs of the poor from the surrounding district.