Series 2 - Lantern Slides and Plates relating to Fr. Theobald Mathew OSFC and his Temperance Campaign

Father Mathew Pavilion, Cork International Exhibition Banquet for Fr. Theobald Mathew OSFC Fr. Mathew Inaugurates Temperance Campaign Queenstown, County Cork Cove Lane, Cork Father Mathew Pavilion, Cork International Exhibition Father Theobald Mathew Statue, O'Connell Street, Dublin Fr. Theobald Mathew OSFC giving the pledge, The Custom House, Dublin Fr. Theobald Mathew Centenary Celebrations, Cork Letter from Fr. Theobald Mathew OSFC
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Lantern Slides and Plates relating to Fr. Theobald Mathew OSFC and his Temperance Campaign


  • 1890-c.1915 (Creation)

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Glass Plate Negatives; Lantern Slides; 8 cm x 8 cm; 36 items

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(26 February 1875-20 August 1953)

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The series includes lantern slides and glass plate photographic images relating to the life and career of Fr. Theobald Mathew OSFC (1790-1856), a famed nineteenth century temperance campaigner and Capuchin friar. It is very probable that these lantern slides were used as illustrative aids by the Capuchins for public talks and auditorium lectures on Fr. Mathew’s campaign against intoxicating liquor. Temperance activity was revived in 1905 when the Irish Catholic hierarchy invited the Capuchins to preach a National Crusade. This revival generated widespread public enthusiasm and by 1912 the Capuchins had administered over a million pledges throughout the country. The lanterns slides were, in all probability, used in this campaign. The collection includes images of various places associated with Fr. Mathew’s life and notable events associated with his crusade against intoxicating liquor which began in Cork in 1838. Other images relate to later commemorations of Fr. Mathew and include photographs of the ‘Father Mathew Pavilion’ at the Cork International Exhibition of 1902 which displayed historical artefacts, devotional objects and personal paraphernalia associated with his campaign.

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