George W. Carr

From A Compendium of Irish Biography, 1878

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Carr, George W., Rev., the founder of teetotal associations in Ireland, was born at New Ross in 1779. He entered Trinity College as a pensioner in 1794. In 1798 he served amongst the yeomanry at the battle of New Ross, and was made a burgess of the town in acknowledgment of his intrepidity and humanity on the occasion. In 1800 he was appointed to a curacy, which he eventually resigned because of conscientious objections to passages in the Prayer Book. He afterwards officiated in a small meeting-house. In 1829 he founded a temperance society, said to have been the first in Ireland. He was intimate with Father Mathew, and was the hearty advocate of all philanthropic movements. He died at Camlin, near New Ross, 27th January 1849, aged about 70.

Sources

262. O'Brien, Bishop, Memoir: Rev. W. G. Carroll. Dublin, 1874.

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