Thirty-First Annual Report of St. Brigid's Orphanage (1887)

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Thirty-First Annual Report of St. Brigid's Orphanage (1887)




Sister of the Holy Faith; St. Brigid's Orphanage


Thirty-First Annual Report of St. Brigid’s Orphanage (1887). The report details the number of orphans; reunification of orphans with parents; orphan adoptions; orphan apprenticeships; the schooling of orphans; and the rearing of orphans. The benefit of the boarding-out system is described; and premiums paid to nurses (foster parents) is noted. The report notes that soon after the foundation of the orphanage ‘a tiny book of instructions was given to each nurse, in which directions in detail were laid down for the rearing and training of children’. The instructions are reprinted in this report, and the chief duties totalled 6 (instruction, correction, good example, vigilance, schooling and work). Sacraments fall into the vigilance category. Protocols for religious instruction and education is detailed. Under ‘correction’ it notes that the beating of a child by a nurse is deemed as ‘criminal’. Schooling is also stressed as important whereby children are to remain in school 'until they shall have learned to read well, to write fairly, and as much figures as will enable them to transact hereafter all the business of housekeeping, of fair, and market correctly’. The report discusses the work of the Holy Faith schools. It details that renovations had been made to some schools following the previous report. It notes that the late Archbishop Cardinal McCabe, allocated £1,000 for such renovations and the current Archbishop (Joseph William Walsh) allocated £500. The mission of both the orphanage and schools are described as ‘to preserve the Faith in the persons of helpless and destitute Orphans, to rekindle the faith in the children of the poor and bring them up in strong Faith.’ A list of benefactors and donations to St. Brigid’s Orphanage and Holy Faith Schools is listed (including clergymen and guild associations). In the appendix is a letter of solicitation for support, donations and subscriptions. Also, in the appendix is a description of assistance of the Sisters of the Holy Faith to the Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen Of Charity, in Lower 65 Lower Jervis Street; and an extract of a pamphlet published by his Lordship the Bishop of Southwark and kindly presented to St. Brigid’s Orphanage, titled ‘Practical Direction and Suggestions as to Appointed Testamentary Guardian.’


St. Brigid's Orphanage
46 Eccles Street, Dublin, Ireland
Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland
Orphan statistics
Boarding-out system
Nurses (foster parents)
Nurses instructions
Holy Faith schools
Sisters of the Holy Faith
McCabe, Edward (1816-1885)
Walsh, William Joseph (1841-1921)
Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Charity
Aylward, Margaret (1810-1889)


St. Brigid’s Orphanage Annual Reports 1880-1991 (HFA1/O/ES/F/33/SBO-AR-1880-1891)


William Powell (22 Parliament Street, Dublin)








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Existence and location of originals

Sisters of the Holy Faith Congregational Archives, Aylward House, Holy Faith Convent, Glasnevin, Dublin 11


Date of publication is 1888, but report is for year end 1887

Extent and medium

1 report, 44 pages




Sister of the Holy Faith; St. Brigid's Orphanage, “Thirty-First Annual Report of St. Brigid's Orphanage (1887),” Holy Faith Sisters Digital Archive, accessed September 28, 2022,

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