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Begging, Charity and Religion in Pre-Famine Ireland$
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Ciarán McCabe

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941572

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941572.001.0001

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The Mendicity Society Movement and the Suppression of Begging

The Mendicity Society Movement and the Suppression of Begging

(p.146) 5 The Mendicity Society Movement and the Suppression of Begging
Begging, Charity and Religion in Pre-Famine Ireland

Ciarán McCabe

Liverpool University Press

Between 1809 and the early-1840s more than fifty mendicity societies were established throughout Ireland. These charities focused on the suppression of street begging and the relief of the destitute poor. Mendicity societies took their lead from earlier societies located in Britain and mainland Europe, and in Ireland the Dublin association acted as a parent body for this movement. While playing a prominent role in the welfare landscape in the first half of the nineteenth century Ireland’s mendicity societies largely disappeared within a short space of time, largely on foot of the introduction of the Poor Law system.

Keywords:   Mendicity Societies, Charities, Begging, Associational Culture, Poor Law

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