Ennistymon Union Minute Books

Book No. 1 

Meetings held from 5th May 1843 - 14th July 1843

Meeting held on the 5th May, l843.

[200]
The master having stated that the paupers had not sufficient milk for 3 nights of the last week,
Ordered that tenders for skimmed milk be invited for Friday next, contract to end on the 9th day of December. 

Moved by Garret Fitzgerald and seconded by Pat Fitzgibbon that the sureties of Michael O' Brien the collector for Miltown Malbay be written to by the clerk, to acquaint them of their being held responsible by their bond for the amount of the new rate. 
[201] Moved as an ammendment by Daniel Considine and seconded by John O' Dwyer, that the clerk does not write to them on that subject, as they must have been aware of their responsibility at the time of signing the bond.  Upon a division it was carried that the clerk does not write to those sureties by the majority of the casting vote. 

Ordered
- that John Hennessy be forthwith discharged he having stated to the board that he is now so much improved in his health as to be able to earn his bread independent of workhouse relief.
- that tenders be invited to frame and varnish the plan of the drains and cesspools, cost of which not to exceed 5/.
- that Michael Hoare is removed from Ennistymon Electoral Division to the union at large.
- that Jane O' Loughlen and family be discharged not being considered objects for workhouse relief. 
Moved by the chairman and seconded by John O' Dwyer that any pauper leaving the workhouse without the consent of the board be not readmitted. 
[202]
The doctor reported that since last report there were 7 new cases of fever. Two of them typhus of a very bad character.  The doctor recommended whitewashing, immediately putting lime into the necessaries and cesspools, ventilation and the bathing of children in tepid water in the bath.  The master reported that Mr. Gilbert recommended the following rules as to the time of breakfast, dinner, going to bed and getting up established by him in other unions.

Breakfast 9 o' clock
Dinner 4 o' clock
Going to bed 7 o' clock
Getting up 6 o' clock

Ordered that the above regulation recommended by Mr. Gilbert, the Assistant Commissioner be adopted in the workhouse until the 29 September. 

[203]
Meeting held on the 12th day of May, l843.

Ordered
that the clerk does advertise for skimmed milk from the l9th inst. to the 9th of December next.
Ordered that our clerk does transmit to the Commissioners the resignation of Pat Donnellan, one of the securities of Michael O' Brien, the collector for Miltown Malbay Electoral Division and request of them to signify to this board their opinion respecting the same, as Michael O' Brien is in the possession of his warrant since Friday last.
Resolved a cheque be given to Richard Cavanagh for 6.10.6 for meat. 
[204] Resolved that our clerk does transmit to both Houses of Parliament the petition of this board praying that several of the clauses in the bill introduced by Lord Elliot into Parliament as an amendment of the Irish Poor Relief Act, be omitted therefrom particularly those which restrict the number of the persons entitled to vote at the election of guardians; the unfair appointing of the rate between landlord and tenant;
the very important power of appointing a valuator without the consent of the board of guardians;
the encreasing of ex officio guardians which gives to them an undue preponderance on the board. 
And that the Marquis of Clonrickard and William Smith O'Brien Esq. M.P. be the persons to whose care the same be entrusted for presentation. 

The board having read the communication from the commissioners stating their unwillingness to sanction the appointment of Mr. Shannon as revising valuator,
[205] Resolved that the clerk be required to convey to the commissioners their regret at such determination, as from their thorough knowledge of his strict integrity and his intimate acquaintance with the valuators of lands etc. they conceive his rejection will be a loss to the union and that now as the collector's warrants are all signed, they request that the commissioners will sanction the appointment forthwith. 
Michael Considine protested against the appointment of Mr. Shannon.  
It was then moved by James Clancy and seconded by Pat Fitgibbon that the protest of Michael Considine be not received by this board in as much as this board and the commisioners are already aware of the circumstances pointed out in that respect. 
The resolution and the amendment against the protest were each carried by a majority of 11 to 2 

The commissioners' letter having stated that some person recommended the purchase of more land for the use of the workhouse purposes,
[206] Resolved that this board requests that the Commissioners will transmit to our clerk the statement made to them or the name of the person who made such statement or suggestion and that the clerk does inform the Commissioners that this board views with regret the high price already paid for the land and that no more is required. 

The master having reported the death of the schoolmistress,
Ordered that tenders be invited from competent persons, willing to offer their services, for the duties of schoolmistress.

Garret Fitzgerald gives notice he will remove Catherine Nolan from Miltown Malbay Electoral Division as soon as she is recovered from the fever. 
Ordered that Tom Birmingham be discharged. 
Ordered that the master and matron be required to render an account to this board on this day week of the quantity of bedding and clothing received into this workhouse since the commencement
[207]
James Quinn gives notice that he will on this day week, move to have all the ablebodied paupers not considered objects of relief discharged from the workhouse. 

Doctor's Report
The doctor reported that the fever is on the increase that some of the patients have typhus fever of a very bad character that a woman named Mary Gallery and the schoolmistress died of it. 
The doctor recommended whitewashing the house and the opening of the shores, and the preventing of any communication between those in health and the persons in hospital.  He also recommended that the lunatic wards be furnished with stretchers etc. and that convalescents be detained there for at least l0 days after being discharged from hospital.  He recommended flummery as almost an indispensable article of diet, for convalescent fever patients.  He reported that there were l7 persons in fever of which three are new cases, labouring under other diseases l0, total 27.

[208]
Meeting held on the l9th day of May, l843.

It being represented to this board that several articles, belonging to the workhouse had been taken there out, pawned and otherwise disposed of,
[209] Resolved that the clerk do take separate accounts of all furniture, bedding and clothing, and all other property belonging to the workhouse and paid for from time to time out of the rate with the view of shewing (sic) in reference to each article how much is now in the house and how much is lost or destroyed by use and time. 
Resolved that the several accounts so to be taken be certified by him and further that the investigation be postponed until Friday next.  The accounts to be made and certified for in the meantime. 
Read tenders for schoolmistress from two candidates, namely:-
Margaret Kelly
Bridget Leyden
Bridget Leyden is elected schoolmistress to this workhouse, upon a division by a majority of 9 to 6 at the salary of l0.0.0 a year. 
Ordered that the schoolmistress gives security in the sum of 20 for the due performance of her duties.
Ordered that tenders, be invited for a writing desk with a drawer, lock and key and seat, for the schoolmistress.  Cost not to exceed 1. 
[210]
Doctor's Report
The doctor reported that there was no new case of fever since last report and that there are only 2 cases of actual fever now in the hospital. 
He reported that an old man named Corbett died of diarrhea since last meeting.  Out of the remaining 26 then returned as sick, fifteen are now cured. There are ll, mostly chronic cases, under medical treatment.  He recommended that immediate steps be taken to prevent the recurrence of sickness. 
Daniel Considine gives notice that he will, on this day week, discharge Betty Reid. 

[211]
Meeting held on Friday the 26th day of May, l843.

It appearing that the clerk did not make out the account agreeable to the resolution of the board of the l9th inst. alledging that he was interrupted by the master, but that not being considered a sufficient reason,
Resolved that said account be fortwith taken by him in presence of the master, schoolmaster, and matron, and after the account shall be made out and before it is certified that same shall be submitted to the master and
[212] his objections if any annexed thereto. And further that said certified accounts shall be presented to the board on Friday next. 

Ordered that skimmed milk be advertised for in such quantities as the guardians may require it until the 9th of December next.
Ordered that the porter gets a suit of clothes and a hat the cost of which shall not exceed 3. 

Moved that the voting papers served by Bartly Hayes be laid on the table on this day week, that they may be inspected with a view of discovering several irregularities contained in them and supposed to be perpetrated by himself and with his consent and that a committee be appointed for such inspection.
Ordered that all persons in future applying for admission be first examined by one of the medical gentlemen and in case of his reporting that the applicant is in fever, that he be rejected.
[213]
Having read Mr. Herbert's letter respecting the sewers for the workhouse,
Resolved that he be employed to make a plan, specification and estimate of the expense for the information of the board of such work as he may consider will answer the purpose and that he be requested to do so without delay and that the expense of doing so shall not exceed the sum of 5.
Ordered that the tender of Tobias Hurley for making a writing desk for the schoolmaster and a press for books for the schoolmistress be accepted it being the lowest tender for the sum of l.l0.0 stg.
Read letter from the Commissioners respecting the resignation of Pat Donnellan, one of the securities of Michael O' Brien, the Miltown Malbay collector of rates. 
Resolved that we consider Pat Donnellan good security and that we will now allow his resignation.
[214]
Doctor's Report
The doctor reported that there were 2 new cases of fever since last report, one of them typhus, eight convalescents in hospital, two in actual fever and six labouring under other diseases making a total of l6 and no death since last report.

[215]
Meeting held on the 2nd of June, l843.

The clerk having read and made out the account of the several articles of bedding, clothing and furniture missing in the workhouse amounting to 26.4.3 1/2. 
[216]
Moved by Michael Considine and seconded by Austin Slattery that the master and matron be dismissed and it was moved by Francis J. Fitzgerald and seconded by John O' Dwyer by way of an amendment that the master and matron be severally charged the full cost price of the missing articles, without allowing for wear and tear, and the same be taken by instalments from those officers amounting to half their respective quarterly salaries.  
That considering this the first offence of the kind, dismissal would be an over punishment, and in as much as the irregularity arose in a great measure from differences existing between the master and the matron, that the chairman be requested to reprimand them respectively and to convey to them the determination of the board to dismiss both upon any future complaint of this nature.
The amendment was carried by a majority of 13 to 4.  Moved by Mr. Owen and seconded by Mr. O'Gorman that in future the matron be held accountable for such articles as may be necessary for the female paupers and which may be given to her by the master from time to time and that a storeroom be given to the matron for the safe keeping of said articles.
[217] And that the matron be also accountable for such articles as may be from time to time given out to all the washwomen and bound to count and deliver to the master such portion of the washed articles as may belong to the male paupers. Carried. 

Moved by Michael Considine and seconded by Austin Slattery that a committee be appointed to examine the voting papers served by Bartholomew Hayes. 
Moved as an amendment by Daniel Considine and seconded by Michael McNamara that the voting papers be not examined in as much as that it would not be dealing fairly with the rate payers to expose their votes. 
The amendment was carried.

Ordered
:-
- that Roche lime be advertised for.
- that skimmed milk be advertised for in such quantities as the guardians may require until the 9th of December.
- that turf be advertised for, the clerk having reported that the former contract for turf had expired. 
Michael O'Brien gives notice that he will, on this day week, remove Michael Hastings from Drumcreehy Electoral Division, he being improperly located thereon.
[218]
Austin Slattery gives notice that he will on this day week move to have all the able bodied paupers in this workhouse discharged. 
James Quin gives notice that he will on this day week remove from Carron Electoral Division Ellen Nolan, improperly located thereon. 
Proposed that having taken into consideration the communication from the commissioners stating that they are not prepared to sanction the appointment of
Mr. Shannon as revising valuator, the board earnestly request again that they will not oppose this almost unanimous opinion so repeatedly expressed and they cannot avoid expressing their conviction that the refusal to accede to their wishes on this point must be ascribed to an unwillingness on the part of the commissioners to comply with their wishes to forward the interests of the union. 
Mr. O'Brien, M.P. having left the chair at an advanced period of the proceedings of the day, Francis J. Fitzgerald Esq. was moved thereto.
[219]
Ordered that the master purchased some ink for branding bedding and clothing.  

[220]
Meeting held on the 9th of June, 1843.

The register book was signed from No.429 to No.437.
[221] The clerk reported that the following is the amount of rate due

Arrears 75 13 5
New rate 1406 8 10 1/4
Total 1482 2 3 1/4

Resolved that Mr.Hynes the solicitor be directed to sue the sureties of James Callinan for the sum of 41.12.6 due by him.
[222]
It appearing that Catherine Morrissy with her two children, James and Pat Morrissy admitted on Friday last, has a husband named Thomas Morrissy who is in service with Mr. Peter Gibson and has 5 a year wage and his diet,
Resolved that the clerk be directed to lodge information against Thomas Morrissy for desertion of his wife and children under the 53rd and 58th sections of the Poor Relief Act.
Resolved that an application be made to the treasurer of the union stating that a rate amounting to 1,400 has been made and is now in progress of collection and that, as several creditors of  the union have cheques for the respective demands due to them,
Resolved that we beg our treasurer will be satisfied with applying one half of the monies lodged to liquidate the balance now due, the other half to go to the payment of the debt due to contractors. 
[223]
The assistant commissioner having read and laid before the board a report on the present state of the workhouse,
Resolved that same be entered on the minutes. 

            Ennistymon Workhouse
                June 1843
Mr. Burke on his first visit to the Ennistymon Workhouse, has to express his dissatisfaction at the idleness which seems to prevail amongst the inmates and at the little which appears to have been done in the way of improvement about the yards and lands attached to the workhouse. 
There are at this moment more men and boys able to work in the Ennistymon Workhouse than in many other workhouses in Mr.Bourke's district where the land attached has been planted with potatoes and all the yards neatly finished off by the pauper inmates. 
The master will, therefore at once set to work with all the available hands in the houses and have

[224]
1st
   A square manure heap formed on which the sweepings of the house and yards should be put everyday, some clay being occasionally mixed through it and the urine vessels emptied on it every morning.
2nd  The boys' yard must be covered with broken stone and blinded with gravel.  The girls' yard must be done in the same way and the schoolmaster will particularly attend to have this work done by the boys.
3rd   The men and women's yards must be also covered with broken stone and gravel.  The porter will assist in superintending these and any other works which the master may require to have done. When the yards are in good order the lands about the workhouse should be cleared and prepared for tilling next spring.
4th   Ahabit seems to prevail through the establishment of having the sweepings of the several apartments left outside the threshold of each door, this must
[225] be put an end to, and the master will see that all sweepings be carried off at once to the dung heap.
5th   Ten or a dozen of the most grown girls in the school should be taught to wash the clothes of all the girls. The matron and the schoolmistress are to see that this is carried into effect. 
6th   The accounts of the union are in anything but a satisfactory state and the clerk does not carry them on in the mode prescribed by the order of the commissioners. 
The clerk's office is in a filthy and disorderly state.   A clerk's office should be kept neat and all papers should be regularly arranged. 

The fever in the house is on the decrease.  One new case only occuring for the last week. There are seven cases in hospital at present, four of which are convalescent. 
[226]
Resolved
that the dietary of this house be as follows:
Breakfast
- adults, 7 oz oatmeal made into stirabout.
- children, 6 to 15, 4 oz oatmeal made into stirabout.
- children, 2 to 6, 3 oz oatmeal made into stirabout.
Dinner
- adults, 3 1/2 lbs potatoes
- children, 6 to 15, 3 lbs potatoes
- children, 2 to 6, 1 1/2 lbs potatoes.
Supper
- children, 2 to 6, 4 oz bread.
- infants , 8 oz bread and 1 qt new milk.
Resolved
- that half pint new milk be allowed at breakfast on the mornings of Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and at dinner on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  
- that 1 oz of molasses diluted in water be allowed to each pauper at breakfast on Mondays, [227]Wednesdays and Fridays and that 1 oz of oatmeal made into gruel be  allowed to each pauper at dinner on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 
- that the medical attendants be directed to watch and report on how the foregoing dietary agrees with the health of the pauper inmates. 
- that 5 cwt of molasses be had from Mr. Leslie and that an order be given for the same.
- that idleness has prevailed to a great extent amongst the inmates of this workhouse while sufficient work to employ the paupers remains to be done on the levelling of the yards and tilling of the grounds.  That the several officers be directed in future to keep the paupers employed in such work as may be necessary. 
- that a committee be appointed to investigate into the causes of such able bodied paupers as are at present in this house, to have the assistance of the medical
[228] attendents and to report to the next meeting of the board of guardians. Such committee to meet on Sunday. Namely, Mr. John O'Dwyer, Mr. O'Gorman, Mr. Clancy, Mr. Considine
and Mr. Slattery. 

Ordered
that Pat Flanigan's tender for turf be accepted at 8d per box, it being the lowest. 
Ordered that John Droney's tender for lime be accepted at 10d per barrel, it being the lowest.
Ordered that tenders be invited for a bin to contain one ton of meal and branding ink. 
Resolved that the following be appointed a visiting committee for the next month: Cornelius O'Brien Pat Clancy Austin Slattery
Resolved that Catherine Neylon be discharged from Carron and admitted on Ennistymon Electoral Division. 
[229] Resolved that Catherine Morrissy and her two children be discharged from Liscannor Electoral Division and admitted on the union at large
Resolved that a bed tick, bolster and bedding be given to the schoolmistress.  

[230]
Meeting held on the 16th of June, 1843.

The register book was signed from No.435 to No.439.
The clerk reported
That all orders have been attended as far as practicable.  The treasurer's book was not produced it not having been returned through some mistake. 
The collectors did not produce their books.  It is impossible for the collectors to attend at this board oftener than once a fortnight as some of them live a great distance off. 

[231] Cost of provisions and necessities received  11   8    8 11/16
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed           11 10   8 1151/1792
Average cost of a pauper                                                1   2
[232]
Report of the visiting committee
That the following persons namely, Bridget Conole and Mary Marrinan be reprimanded for disobedience to the matron's orders and that those persons get notice that if a recurrance of any disobedience to any legal orders shall again take place that they will be discharged from the workhouse. 
The report of the visiting committee for enquiring into the causes of having so many ablebodied paupers in the workhouse was read and orders made thereon to the following effect: 
That Pat Forhan and family be discharged with the exception of Mary Forhan his child, who is at present in fever.
That Catherine Morrissy and two children be discharged.  That Mary Mulqueeny and child, John Sullivan and child, and Timothy Kean be discharged.
[233]
The master's report was read and orders made thereon as follows:

That Doctor Shannon and the matron repair two keys which belong to this workhouse and which they broke. 
That tenders be invited from smiths to alter wands in locks and that the smiths inspect such locks.
That tenders be invited for putting frames and doors to passages leading to boys' and girls' dormitories for the purpose of storage. 
That brooms be advertised for.

Resolved that the master does send to Limerick for the molasses ordered on the 9th. inst.
Read the commissioners' letter of the 9th. June inst. enclosing an application from the Secretary of the Board of Public Works and Fisheries for payment of the sum of 420, 1 instalment in repayment of the loan of 8,400 advanced to this union for providing a workhouse.
[234] Resolved that this meeting being so thinly attended this day that we defer answering communication until there is a more numerous attendance of the guardians. 
Read the commissioners' letter of the 14th of June 1843 on the subject of the revision of the valuation. 
The explanation given in this letter is satisfactory. 

Medical Report

There remains in hospital four cases of fever, two very bad and the others convalescent. We had two deaths from typhus fever in the last week and regret to add that the matron also threatens the same affection. 
I would again impress on the board the necessity of taking some means of having the workhouse whitewashed and throwing some lime into the cesspools.
I find great difficulty in getting the paupers to nursetend the patients and fear they are sometimes
neglected by them.
                                                                                                  James Shannon, M.D.
[235]
Read tenders for making a bin to hold one ton of meal. 
Ordered that Francis Walshe's tender be accepted it being the lowest at 15/- according to the specification marked on the back of the tender.
Rates

     Arrears

75 13 5

New rate

1406 8 10 1/4

Total

1482 2 3 1/4

[236]
Meeting held on the 23rd June, 1843.

The register book was signed from No.456 to No.469.

The clerk's report was read to the following effect
That the paupers ordered to be discharged on the 16th inst. have been discharged and that the tenders have been invited by advertisement for the several things ordered and contracts made for this same day, viz.
[237] Changing wands in 14 locks at 10d per lock.
A meal bin at 1-4-6. 
Common brooms at 1s per dozen. 
Marking ink at 10/6 per gallon.  
Frames and doors for passages at 12/6 each.
The master has complied with his directions in sending for the molasses. The cask has arrived. 

The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that there had been

 

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Received during the week 97 4 3
Paid during the week 0 0 0
Balance against the guardians 394 12 2
[238] Rates collected and lodged 97 4 3
Rates remaining 1343 5 61/4

There is 41.12.6 besides this sum due by the old collector for Burren, Drumcreehy and Rathbourney for which proceedings are being now taken against him and sureties.

  s d
[239] Cost of provisions and necessities received 11 5 5 23/32
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed 10 4 6
General cost of an inmate 1 11/4

Report of the visiting committee
That staples which were observed to be wanting to wheelbarrows be procured for which an order was given to John Molony the smith. 
[240] That the contractor for turf be more particular in future in supplying turf in due time, it having been stated that the paupers had breakfast so late as 12 o'clock for want of turf, on the 19th inst. 

Master's report
It appearing that room rubbers were wanting, an order was made on Pat O'Dwyer for 12 yards canvas for that purpose.
1 1/4 ounces of meal instead of one ounce was ordered for making a pint of gruel on the recommendation of Mr. Burke the A.P.L. Commissioner, produced by Mr. Walsh the master.  
It appearing that oil was wanting to locks and pumps an order for 1 pint was given to Mr. Wiggins the contractor for oil

Medical Report.
Fever is greatly on the decrease since last report. 4 cases only remain in hospital at present, all convalescent with the exception of one. We had two deaths this week, one of chronic laryngitis the other from consumption. I have to complain of great irregularity in the giving of the hospital diets.                                                                                                                   James Shannon M.D.
[241]
The Commissioners' sanction of the change of diet ordered on the 9th inst. being read,
it appearing to this board that 1 1/2 lb of potatoes for children from 2 to 6 is not sufficient and gruel not being considered a good diet for that class it was moved that children from 2 to 6 get 2 lbs of potatoes for dinner in future and half a pint of milk in place of gruel, this change to take place from the 25th inst.
Ordered that we accept the resignation of Francis Walsh as regards the meal bin which was tendered for by him on the 16th inst., he having stated to us that he did not consider the size or dimensions thereof at the time of sending in his tender and that we accept the tender of Charles Carrigg for a meal bin to contain one ton of meal being the next lowest tender, for the sum of  1.4.6.
[242] Ordered that we accept of the following contractors for the following articles and prices viz. 
James Mc Donough for two frames and doors to passages leading to boys' and girls' dormitories, 12/6 each
Robert Wiggins for branding ink at 10/6 per gallon. 
Robert Wiggins for common brooms at 1/- per dozen. 
John Molony, smith, for changing wands in 14 locks at 10d each. 
It being represented to this board that Pat Flanigan's  contract for turf was fixed in his absence at 200, and  it appearing to this board that he has not been fairly dealt with in that respect, proposed that
Pat Flanigan does supply the quantity of turf necessary for the use of the workhouse for three months from this date. 

[243]

Meeting held on the 30th of June, 1843.

The register book was signed from no. 456 to no. 471. 

The clerk's report was read to the following effect. 
That the change of dietary ordered at the last meeting as regards the children from 2 to 6 has been carried into effect since the 25th inst.  
The wands have been changed in 14 locks. 

[244] The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that there had been

 

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Received during the week 35 6 0
Paid during the week -----
Balance against the guardians 359 6 2
Rates collected and lodged 35 6 0
Rates remaining 1307 19 6 1/4
[245] Cost of provisions and necessities received 18 15 5 1/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed 8 14 4 621/896
General cost of an inmate 0 1 0 1/2

[246]
No visiting committee have attended this week. 
The master reported verbally that the porter was not doing his duty with regard to the admission of visitors of a certain class into the workhouse, and that the matron was keeping a servant maid in the house contrary to the regulations of the workhouse and orders were made there on as follows:
Moved that the porter gets directions to attend better to his duties and that he does not allow any person to visit this workhouse without permission of the master.  
Moved that the matron does not keep a servant maid in this house forthwith.  
Provisional admission into the workhouse and application for admission are considered and decided on as set forth in the application and report book. 
The number of provisional admissions confirmed was 3  
The number of applicants admitted was 15.
[247]
Moved that the master produces on this day week an account of the quantity of milk that came into this workhouse for the union purposes from the 2nd of April last to the 18th day of June inst. and also an account of the due consumption during that time. 
Moved that the collectors of rate be required to attend before this board once a fortnight to settle their accounts and that the clerk does inform them that if they do not comply with this resolution that their securities will be sued, agreeably with the tender and obligation of their bonds.

Resolved
that the matron gets liberty to retire from her duties for 3 or 4 days for the benefit of her health. 

[248]
Medical Report  The fever has nearly entirely disappeared. There are only 3 cases in hospital at present, all convalescent.  The new dietary seems to agree with the inmates with the exception of the molasses, against which they all exclaim.  
                                                                                                                     James Shannon M.D.
[249]
Meeting held on the 7th. of July, 1843.

Mr. Bourke the A.P.L. Commissioner was present. 
The register book was signed from no. 472 to no. 490. 
The clerk's report was read to the following effect: 
The matron's servant maid has been discharged as ordered on the 30th ultimo. 
The account of the quality of milk received and consumed which the master was ordered this day to bring forward was produced. 
[250]
The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was not produced in consequence of the next week being the assizes time in Ennis and the collectors having calculated on getting a good portion of the rate there and making their lodgements at the same time.  

The balance against the guardians remains s d
As it appeared last week which was 359 6 2
Rates collected and lodged -----
Rates remaining 1307 19 6 1/4
[251]Cost of provisions and necessities received 9 7 3 5/32
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed 9 6 7 535/896
General cost of an inmate 0 1 1
No visiting committee have attended this week.

[252]
Master's Report
The master reported that he prevented Mr. Daly from carrying away some manure which Mr. Daly alleged to have collected on the workhouse ground at the time of the building and to have belonged to him, the consideration of which has been put off to the next meeting.  

Proposed
that William N. MacNamara Esq., M.P. be the chairman of this board to the 25th of March next.  Carried unanimously. 
Moved that the master produces on this day week an account of the quantity of milk received into this workhouse and the quantity consumed since the commencement up to the l8th of June l843, and from thence to the 8th of July following and that the clerk, schoolmaster, and matron assist in making out this account. 
[253]
The returning officer's account of the last election of guardians in this Union revised by the Commissioners was read and a cheque ordered for the amount thereof. 
Ordered that the master gets an order for 7 1b. of thread and one gross of common buttons from Mr. O'Dwyer,the contractor for the purpose of mending the paupers clothes.  
Ordered that the master gets an order for 1/2 ton of straw, on the contractor for straw. 
Ordered that the clerk examines the accuracy of the several bills for which payment is this day required before he delivers the cheques for same. 
Ordered that tenders be invited for beef and mutton from the 21st day of July inst. for six months from that period. 
[254]
Medical Report:-
We have had one new case of fever since last report.  I shall refrain from saying anything about the new diet for the present. We have had no deaths. 
Charles Finucane M.D. 
Provisional admissions into the workhouse and applications for admission were considered and decided on as set forth in the application and report book. 
The numbers of provisional admissions confirmed was l. 
The number of applicants admitted was 3. 
Ditto rejected. 

[255]

Amount of checks issued this day 7th July 1843.

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Check to Charles Carrigg for a meal bin 1 4 6
Check to returning officer, election expenses 29 5 7
Cheque to Charles Finucane Esq. M.D. 1/4 salary 6 5 0
Cheque to James Shannon Esq., M.D. 1/4 salary 6 5 0
Cheque to W. McD. clerk, 1/4 salary 12 10 0
Cheque to John Herbert for plan and estimate of drains and cesspools
5

0

0
Cheque to Tobias Hurley for schoolmaster and schoolmistresses' desk etc.
1

10

0
Cheque to Pat O'Dwyer for porter's suit 3 0 0
Cheque to John Vaughan for potatoes 20 15 9
Cheque to Pat O'Dwyer for potatoes 8 11 5
Cheque to Laurence Egan, schoolmaster 1/4 salary
3

15

0
Cheque to Bridget McDonough, postage 2 10 3
Cheque to John McNamara, porter 1/4 salary 2 10 0
Cheque to John Fallon, bread, meal etc 34 2 7
Cheque to Mary Moran, milk 93 10 5 1/2
Cheque to Michl. Walsh, master after deducting an instalment for loss of clothing etc.
3

15

0
Cheque to John Molony for mending locks etc. 14 0
Cheque to Michael Walsh for branding irons and groceries
19

0
Cheque to James McDonough, varnishing a frame and plan of drains
5

0

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Meeting held on Friday the l4th of July, l843.

The register book was signed from no.491 to no. 493.
The clerk's report was read to the following effect.
That Mr. Bryan Daly and Mr. Michael Guthery collectors of rate have attended the board in accordance with the order of the 30th of July last, but none of the rest have complied. 
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The clerk discovered a discrepancy in the weekly relief list where a whole day is charged on the day of admission, and a whole day charged on the day of leaving the house making 2 days instead of one actually. 
The master being asked to explain stated he did not charge those days in the provisions account and the schoolmaster who assisted him in making out the account corroborated what the master said. 
The clerk stated that he was prevented from signing the Register by reason of the master's having made three entries therein that did not appear on the application report book. 
The master being asked to explain stated that he took it, that the board admitted on the 30th ultimo, Bridget Conole and her 2 children, on the electoral division of Kilshanny, and removed them from the Union at large. 
The clerk reported that he was threatened to be dismissed by the Commissioners and his salary curtailed for want of efficiency.  He therefore called the officers before the board and stated to them that he would in future report to the board any neglect on the part of the officers in carrying out the orders of the board of guardians and of the Commissioners. 
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The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that there had been

s

d
Received during the week 74 0 0
Paid during the week 0 0 0
Balance against the guardians 0 0 0
Rates collected and lodged 74 0 0
Rates remaining 1233 19 6 1/4
[259] Cost of provisions and necessities received 9 3 7 11/64
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed 9 5 8
General cost of an inmate 0 1 1

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No visiting committee have attended this week.  Read letter from P.A. Leslie & Co., requiring payment of any part of the sum of 36.6.5 1/2 which would be convenient to send them for medicine and molasses.  ordered that our clerk does inform them that the whole amount will be discharged at the earliest possible period.
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Mr. Daly's claim on manure, made at the last meeting, having been considered, it was proposed that Mr. Daly be at liberty to take away the manure but no stones. 
The master produced the milk account as required on the 7th inst. 
The matron objected, on the grounds that the master has omitted giving credit for some milk which has been supplied to the hospital, and that he has only credited half a pint for the officers' dinner instead of a pint, which she states she has given.
Ordered that the milk account as well as all other accounts, be referred to the auditor.
Proposed by Michael Considine, seconded by Austin Slattery that the matron be dismissed.
Moved by Patrick Clancy, as an amendment that if the matron be dismissed, the master also be dismissed.
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Moved by the chairman as a further amendment and seconded by Daniel Considine,
That neither master nor matron be dismissed.  Upon a division there appeared for the original motion - James Shannon, Michael Considine and Austin Slattery,
for the last amendment, Patrick Clancy, Daniel Considine, and the Chairman whose casting vote carried it.
Ordered that Bridget Conole and her 2 children, be removed from Kilshanny Electoral Division, to the union at large, and as soon as Bridget Conole is recovered her illness and out of hospital that they be discharged. 
Pat Lynch, a pauper, complained of the master assaulting him this day. 
Resolved that we dismiss the complaint against the master, it appearing to us that the complained disobeyed the master's orders, and that he provoked the master. 
Ordered that the porter gets leave of absence for one day in the next week. 
Resolved that we learn with much regret the removal from the Magistracy of Cornelius O'Brien Esq., M.P., and the consequent loss of his seat at this board where he at all times made himself so useful a member, when the best interests of this union and wants of the destitute were concerned and that our clerk does convey to him in the most suitable terms our sorrow for the event which has occasioned to us the loss of his valuable services and advice and that we will hail with pleasure the first opportunity that will again bring him amongst us. 

Medical Report
There are six cases of fever still in treatment in hospital, all convalescent with the exception of two. 
                                                                                                                   James Shannon M.D.

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