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|The Butlers of County Clare by Sir Henry Blackall|
Appendix XI: Catholic Emancipation
1808 Meetings in support of Catholic Claims
Again, in April of the same year a meeting of the Protestant gentry of the County was held at the Courthouse, Ennis, under the chairmanship of Mr. Donat O’Brien, M.P., demanding the removal of disabilities of Catholics.
Immediately after the above, a meeting was held of Roman Catholics “not inferior in numbers or respectability to the former,” Mr. William Butler of Bunnahow being in the chair. An eloquent speech was delivered by Counsellor O’Gorman, and resolutions were passed thanking the Protestant gentlemen of Clare for their action. (Extract from Clare Journal ib.)
1816 Sir Henry Parnell to William Butler I
I feel particularly gratified by the very marked and favourable manner
in which the approbation of my endeavours to secure the Catholic cause
is expressed and I trust that, notwithstanding the many circumstances
which rendered it extremely difficult to conduct it with advantage at
the time when it was confided to my hands, a steady perseverance in
bringing it under the discussion of Parliament will result in its being
soon rewarded with complete success.
To William Butler, Esq.,
Note: The writer of the above letter was Sir Henry Parnell, 2nd Bart., uncle of Charles Stewart Parnell. It relates to a petition from 6,000 Catholics in England praying for unrestricted Emancipation. The petition was presented by Sir H. Parnell in the House of Commons on 30 July 1815. In the debate that followed, Henry Grattan said he would vote for going into Committee but would not pledge himself to support all the resolutions exhibited by his hon. friend. - He went on to say that the annexation of no conditions must render the grant impossible, and that he told the Catholic body that unless they adopted a spirit of conciliation they would never succeed. The motion for going into Committee was lost by 228 votes to 147. From the time of this speech, Grattan’s influence with the moving spirits of the Emancipation movement in Ireland began to wane, and he was gradually supplanted by O’Connell, to whom Parnell gave his support.