Stories from Old Newspapers

Rev James Alcock Ring (1805-1893)

The following piece was published in The Protestant Standard, Sydney, on 27 May 1893.

Death of an Old Irish Clergyman

We regret to have to announce the death at the advanced age of eighty-eight years, of the Rev. James Alcock, A.M., Vicar of Ringagoona, near Dungarvan, in the diocese of Lismore, with which parish he had been associated for sixty years.  The deceased was ordained in the year 1831, and was appointed to the parish of Ringagoona in 1833, and officiated up to within a few months of his death.  During the Famine years the Rev. J Alcock rendered valuable help to the starving people around Ring, having procured funds for the purpose of buying food which was the means of saving many lives.  A curious incident in connection with the deceased and perhaps the only case of the kind in Ireland was that he resided during the sixty years…in the house of a Roman Catholic gentleman (Mr. Fitzgerald of Seaview).  It appears at the time of his appointment there was no Glebe house in the parish, or in fact, any house procurable, and being invited to stay at Seaview he remained there until his death.