Charitable Irish Society (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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Charitable Irish Society (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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The Charitable Irish Society was founded in Halifax by a number of "natives of the Kingdom of Ireland" on 17 January 1786 to provide for "the relief of such of their poor and indigent Countrymen and their Descendents as may hereafter be found worthy of their countenance and protection." A revision of the constitution in 1795 widened its provision of aid to all poor within the city of Halifax and opened membership to non-Irish so long as they did not belong to another national society in the province. The Society was incorporated in May 1864 (N.S. Statutes 1864 c.49). Early on, aid was distributed primarily as food or money, but later was given as educational scholarships and donations to community agencies. The Society now makes grants to a number of institutions and groups and has contributed generously towards the D'Arcy McGee Chair of Irish Studies and the development of an Irish research collection at Saint Mary's University. Funds are raised through membership dues and bequests.

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