atest press release from the Greystones Archaelogical & Historical Society, issued on Friday, October 6th 2023…
The Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society (GAHS) will be resuming its talks for the 2023/24 season with Rosemary Raughter’s talk, Very Like Proselytism: Delgany Children’s Home (1890-1905) And The Fanny Christian Affair.
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 origin and outcome of the case, and of the personalities most closely involved, who included a parson and a 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 is an independent scholar with particular interests in women’s and local history. She has published articles on female involvement in philanthropy, religion, domestic life, the suffrage movement and political activism.
She was formerly chairperson of the GAHS and is a contributor to the Wicklow County Council Decade of Centenaries Historians’ Project.
Taking place on Wednesday, October 18th at 7.30pm in the Kilian Family Centre beside Holy Rosary Church, there will be a small charge of €3 per person to defray the costs of the venue.