Ennistymon Union Minute Books

Book No. 3 

Meetings held from 3rd April 1846 - 5th June 1846

[53]
No meeting on 3 April 1846

£

s

d
Cost of provisions and necessities received

18

19

3 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

28

18

2

 No meeting on the 10th April 1846

£

s

d
Cost of provisions and necessities received

108

15

7 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

17

5

3


[54]
Meeting held in boardroom on 17th April 1846

The register book was signed from No. 1767 to No. 1811

The treasurer's book was produced by which it appeared that the

£

s

d
Balance in favour of the guardians was

77

7

8
Rates collected and lodged

54

0

0
Rates remaining

106

11

1
Cost of provisions and necessities received

6

9

6 3/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

12

15

5 3/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

6

[55]

[56] Read
- Letter from the secretaries of the National Board of Education dated March 1846 cautioning the managers of National Schools not to transmit any money thro' the superintendant of the district as the commissioners will not be held responsible for it.
[57] - commissioners' letter of the 19th ult. accompanying a form of return of the union funds to the 25th ultimo.
commissioners' letter of the 28th ult. requiring a return of the number of inmates in pursuance of an order of the House of Commons of the 25th ult.
- commissioners' letter of the 3rd inst. respecting the appointment of wardens.
- commissioners' letter of the 4th April inst. accompanying 2 copies of an act to make provisions for the treatment of poor persons afflicted with fever in Ireland.
- Letter from the office of the General Survey in Dublin of April 7th 1846 containing information required by the guardians of this union.
- commissioners' letter of the 8th inst. with regard to the claim of Mr Pat Shannon for revising the valuation of this union.
- Auditor's letter dated at Cork the 9th April inst. requiring the balance sheet and abstracts of the union accounts for the half year ended 25th of March last.
[58]- commissioners' letter of the 11th inst. requiring a statement of the workhouse dietary.

Medical Report
Margaret Considine an asthmatic woman aged 80 years, died on the 12th inst. of apoplexy in the infirm ward. We have 45 patients in the infirmary and 35 in fever hospital, where we had 2 deaths since the commencement of the month, namely Biddy Linnane on the 2nd and Bryan O'Loughlin on the 3rd. The fever has been of a much worse character during this month than previously. Since the opening of the hospital we had to refuse admittance to several in the commencement of the month for want of room. Indeed we are always overcrowded as I believe we never have less than 5 to 10 patients more than the hospital was intended to accommodate.
                                                                James Shannon.
N.B. We require the medicines a list of which herewith attached for the use of the workhouse. J.S.

Mr McNamara and Mr O'Dwyer not having attended according to their notices respecting Mr Shannon's valuation,
Resolved

- that the consideration of the reply to the commissioners' letter of the 8th inst. be adjourned to this day week.
- that Mr Bryan Daly rate collector be allowed the sum of 22.11.11 1/4 being the amount of mistakes made by the valuators in the original valuation.
[59]
The clerk laid the new rate books before the board and they were signed by the chairman and the other guardians.
Resolved
- that Bryan Daly get a check for
£7. 6. 0 poundage on Kililagh Electoral Division
£10.17. 2 poundage on Kilfenora Electoral Division
£6. 5.10 poundage on Kilonahen Electoral Division which sums include 2 for expenses.
- that the schoolmaster gets leave of absence until Tuesday next leaving William McDonough to teach in his stead.
- that Pat Lynch gets a check for £16.13.7 due for meat on the 11th inst.
- that Mr Edward O'Dwyer gets a check for £44.13.2 due for medicines to the 27th of March last.
- that Pat Quin gets a check for£ 4.0.10 for coffins to the 2nd of April inst.
- that Bridget Leyden gets a check for 16/8 one month's salary as former schoolmistress.
- that Robert Wiggins gets a check for 11s for brooms.
- that William Lawlor gets a check for 16/8 for tins.
[60] - that William Conole gets a check for £2.12.4 poundage on Kilshanny Electoral Division and for £6.7.1 poundage on Liscannor Electoral Division.
- that we accept Anthony Casey's tender for 3 tons of straw at £2 per ton.

[61]
Meeting held on 24 April 1846

The register book was signed from No. 1812 to No. 1835.

The clerk's report was read to the following effect.
[62] That the time extended to the contractor for building the boundary wall and piggory had expired on the 15th inst.

The treasurer's book was produced by which it appeared that the

£

s

d
Balance in favour of the guardians

77

7

8
Rates collected and lodged

53

5

6 1/4
Rates remaining

53

5

7
[63] Cost of provisions and necessities received 17 11 6 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed 30 13 11 1/4
General average cost of an inmate 1 6

[64]
Read petition of the guardian of the North Dublin Union to the legislature on the subject of certain amendments in the Poor Law and bearing date 31st March 1846.

Read commissioners' letter of the 22nd inst accompanying a copy of a letter which they had received from Mr O'Brien agent to the Minors Stackpooles respecting the rent due of the workhouse site.

Resolved that the shoemaker be supplied with 1 doz awls, 2lbs of sewing hemp, 2lbs of heel tack, 1lb of wax.

Medical Report
There are 37 patients in the infirmary, Biddy O'Loughlin a child aged 6 days died there on the 17th of convulsions. We have 39 in fever hospital John Conole aged 40 died on the 23rd of fever. The commodes in the fever hospital are all broken.
                                                                                    James Shannon
Resolved
- that Mr Kenny, Mr O'Dwyer and Mr Stack be appointed a committee to investigate the collectors' accounts with a view to ascertain why they made overlodgements and report to the board of guardians on this day fortnight. The committee to meet on Tuesday the 5th May next.
With reference to the commissioners' letter of the 8th inst.
- that the board considering that the revision cannot be acted on have determined not to give any compensation to the revisors.
[65] - that John Donohue, contractor for building boundary against on this day week unless same be finished.
- that the resignation of Lawrence Egan schoolmaster be accepted.

Francis G. Morony gives notice that he will on the 1st May next move to put the bond of the contractor for building the stables in suit in the event of same being not finished, and also that of the contractor for building the shoemaker's workshop.

Resolved

- that an advertisement be put forward for a schoolmaster against this day fortnight.
- that tenders be invited for 3,000 boxes of turf to be delivered on the 1st of August next and tenders for a lesser quantity will be considered from different persons on this day week.
- that 10 barrels of lime are required for white washing and for the use of the privies.

 [66] No meeting on the 1st May 1846.

£

s

d
Cost of provisions and necessities received

16

11

3
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

29

1

1 1/4

[67]
Meeting held on the 8th May 1846.

The register book was signed from No. 1836 to No. 1894

The clerk's report was read to the following effect.
That the time for building the shoemaker's workshop and bedroom expired on the 1st inst.

The treasurer's book was produced by which it appeared that the

£

s

d
Balance in favour of the guardians was

77

7

8
[68] Rates collected and lodged

--

Rates remaining

53

5

6 3/4
Cost of provisions and necessities received

17

17

7 3/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

28

19

1 1/2
General average cost of an inmate

1

6

[69] The committee ordered at the last meeting having met on the 5th inst. to investigate the collectors accounts with the view of ascertaining why they made overlodgements from time to time, have come to the following conclusions on enquiry from 2 of the collectors who attended.
That the guardians having pressed and threatened with law proceedings the collectors to pay up the rates in order to provide for the apprehended scarcity, they have at inconvenience to themselves advanced the money as stated in their respective accounts but now having received instructions to the contrary there will be no cause of future complaint on that head.

The clerk laid the annual report of the Cowpock Institution dated Dublin 1846 before the board.
[70]
Read
- The petition of the guardians of the Ennis Union to the legislature bearing date 15 April 1846 praying for immediate relief.
- The opinion of the Attorney General with regard to the immediate payment of rate which opinion the clerk received from the guardians of this union.
- Letter of the 27th April last accompanying return of the union funds.
- commissioners' letter of the 1st inst accompanying an order to supply vacancies which the clerk laid before the board.
- commissioners' letter of the 1st May inst. accompanying a return of paupers persuant to an order of the House of Commons of the 24th ult.
- letter from the Education Office Dublin bearing date May 1st 1846 intimating that a free grant of books will be sent for the use of the schools of the workhouse.
Resolved that tenders be invited from competent persons to collect the rate in the Ennistymon Electoral Division of this union against this day fortnight.

Medical Report
We have 35 patients in the fever hospital and 46 in the infirmary. We had 3 deaths in this month, one of them from fever.
[71] I regret to say that some cases of fever have thrown themselves in the alt="" of the house and that I have been obliged to refuse yesterday 7 patients at the fever hospital. I strongly urge on the guardians the necessity of increased fever hospital relief.
                                                    Charles Finucane
                                                    M.R.C.S.L.

Resolved that a case of cupping instruments be provided for the use of the fever hospital and infirmary thro' Mr O'Dwyer medicine contractor.
Read tenders from schoolmasters,
Resolved
-
that we accept William McDonough's tender at the same salary and rations as the late schoolmaster had yearly and that on the first opportunity he be sent to the training school to Dublin.
- that the following articles, lost in the boys school from the commencement, be condemned viz. 80 caps, 20 pair suspenders, 72 spoons, 3 saucepans, 1 platter 2 chamber utensils, 1 1/2 pair shoes, 3 1/2 pair stockings.
[72] - that cheques be drawn in favour of the following persons for the following sums.

£

s

d
Michael Walsh, master for sundries

1

1

1
Lawrence Egan, schoolmaster salary to this day

1

17

6
Ellen Sexton, nursetender salary to 25th March last

2

14

0

Resolved that the master be required to plaister [sic] the schoolmaster and schoolmistress' rooms.

No meeting on the 15th of May 1846

£

s

d

Cost of provisions and necessities received

17

6

3 3/4

Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

31

6

7 1/4

[73]
Meeting held on 22nd May 1846.

The register book was signed from No. 1895 to No. 1931.

The clerk's report was read to the following effect.
That Mr Michael Guthrie rate collector for the Ennistymon Electoral Division has tendered his resignation.
That he had received the treasurer's receipt for 13 the price of 4 pigs sold by the master on the 15th inst.

The treasurer's book was produced by which it appeared that the

£

s

d
Balance against the guardians was

8

12

5
Rates remaining

53

5

6 3/4
[74] Cost of provisions and necessities received 18 19 0 1/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed 31 19 9 3/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

6

[75]
Read
- commissioners' letter of the 12th inst. relative to the new schoolmaster and accompanying queries.
- Mr Wilkinson's commissioners' architect's letter of the 15th inst. requiring the plans and specification of the fever hospital for a short time.
[76] - Letter from the Relief Commission Office, Dublin Castle bearing date 16 May 1846.

The clerk laid before the board the act which provides for the treatment of poor persons afflicted with fever in Ireland.

Read commissioners' letter of the 13th inst. calling the attention of the guardian to the payment of the rent of the workhouse site.
Read auditor's letter of the 15th inst. Signifying his intention of being here on the 3rd of June next to audit the accounts of this union.

Medical Report
We had 6 deaths within the last fortnight - Michael O'Loughlen aged 26 of fever, Margaret Cusack aged 80 of natural decay, Mary Mee aged 30 and her child aged 6 - the former of fever the latter of diarrhea, Norry Fitzpatrick disease of the heart aged 35.
                                                Charles Finucane
                                                M.R.C.S.L.
Resolved
- that the master shoemaker be supplied with 1000 tip nails, 5000 pound tack, 5 dozen shoetips, 10 lb of heel stuff or offal by the contractor.
- that a cheque be drawn in favour of the master for 2.13.9 to purchase the following books, 200 large copy books, 200 small copy books, 64 small ruled slates, 800 slate pencils, 100 slate pencil holders, 24 ink stands,
[77] 12 ink powders, 100 arithmetical table books, 12 keys to English grammar.
- that 3 dozen combs be purchased for the use of the inmates.
- that we approve of the case of cupping instruments before the board supplied by Mr. O'Dwyer, medical contractor.
- that cheques be drawn in favour of the following persons for the following sums;

£

s

d
Pat Lynch for meat to 16th. inst.

14

5

3
Marcus Talbot, stationery, 1 year

25

8

11

[78]
Meeting held on 29th. May, 1846.

The register book was signed from No. 1932 to No. 1963.

The clerk's report was read to the following effect:
That he has invited tenders for the collection of rates in Ennistymon Electoral Division.

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

£

s

d
Received during the week

13

0

0
Paid during the week

5

12

7
Balance against the guardians

1

5

0
[79] Rates collected and lodged

0

0

0
Rates remaining

53

5

6 3/4
Cost of provisions and necessities received

19

8

3 1/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

31

18

0 3/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

6

[80]
Read
- commissioners' letter of the 21st inst. containing the commissioners' sanction of the appointment of William McDonough as schoolmaster of the workhouse at the proposed salary of £15-0-0 per annum and an allowance of rations.
- commissioners' letter of the 25th inst. requiring the number of women between the age of 18 and 40 who were in the workhouse on the 23rd inst.
- commissioners' letter of the 25th inst. relative to the contemplated conveyance of the wives of transported convicts.

Resolved
- that we accept the resignation of William Conole, rate collector for Kilshanny and Liscannor Electoral Divisions.
[81] - that Mr Daniel Considine of Liscannor be appointed rate collector for Liscannor Electoral Division at 9d in the pound.
- that John McCarthy of Cahiremore be appointed rate collector in Kilshanny Electoral Division at 9d in the pound.
Read tenders for collecting rate.
- that we accept John McMahon's tender for collecting rate at 9d in the pound in the Ennistymon Electoral Division.
- that we accept James Walsh's tender for turf at 8 1/2d per box to the extent of 500 boxes.
- that we accept the tender of John Mason for cleaning out the cesspools and sewage of the house for the sum of £5-0-0 and further that he be paid the sum of £2-10-0 per annum for cleaning same twice in every year hereforth.
- that the following articles for the use of the fever hospital be procured viz. a workhouse table, pot, 30 spitting cups, 10 chamber utensils.
[82] - that tenders for 40 box beds be invited again this day week.

Medical Report
Fever continues on the increase and we have had a great many children from the alt="" of the house in fever making in all 44 in the fever hospital. We have 40 patients in the infirmary, a great many of them without bedsteads, and I have to request the board will take measures to procure some. I would prefer the box bedsteads. We have had 3 deaths.
                                        Charles Finucane.
                                        M.R.S.C.L.
Resolved
- that the following be the dietary of the workhouse for the present: oatmeal the usual quantity morning and evening with 12 oz of bread for adults, 8 oz for children between 6 and 15 and 6 oz for children between 2 and 6. on Sunday in place of stirabout.
Molasses 3 mornings in the week and 1/2 pint of milk to each at all other meals.

Resolved that the following clothing be purchased from Mr.O'Dwyer at the last prices for the same description viz.
80 boy's suits same as last
240 yards flannel for girl's frocks
300 yards dowlas for 100 men's shirts.
250 yds dowlas for 100 boy's shirts.
300 yds " " 100 women's shifts.
250 yds " " 100 girl's shifts

In reference to the commissioners' letter of the 25th inst. I am directed to reply that the Board are not aware of the wives of any convicts in the union (save one namely Mary Coughlan and her 4 children now inmates of the workhouse whose husband was transported from a quarter sessions held at Kilrush in County of Clare in the year 1843 for horse stealing).
[83]
Resolved that the following in addition to the foregoing clothing be purchased from Mr Pat O'Dwyer 240 yds linsey woolsey for 80 womens outside peticoats & 240 yds. twilled callico for 80 women's inside peticoats; 120 yds linsey woolsey for 80 girls peticoats & 40 yds flannel for 40 young children peticoats, 50 waistcoats for men and 40 yds of grey calico for bodies of peticoats, 7 lbs of black and 7 lbs of housewife's thread, 1 gross of buttons.

[84]
Meeting held on 5th June, 1846.

The Register book was signed from No. 1964 to No. 1978.

The clerk's report was read to the following effect.
That he has invited tenders for 40 boxbeds according to the order of the 29th of May last.

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

£

s

d
Balance against the guardians was

1

5

6
[85] Rates collected and lodged

---

--

--
Rates remaining

1458

17

6
Cost of provisions and necessities received

18

19

3 3/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

31

13

1 1/2
General average cost of an inmate

1

6

[86]
Read commissioners' letter of the 27th May last accompanying a form of return of the state of the union funds.
The clerk laid queries respecting the newly appointed collectors before the board.

In reference to the medical report, resolved that the follwing dietary be for the present adopted;
For adults:
7oz of meal for breakfast, 12 oz of bread for dinner, molasses 3 mornings in the week, and 1/2 pint of milk the remaining meals.
Children between 6 and 15. 
5 oz of meal for breakfast, 8 oz of bread for dinner, molasses 3 mornings in the week and 1/2 pint of milk the remaining meals.
Children between 2 and 6. 
3 oz of meal for breakfast, 6 oz of bread for dinner, molasses 3 mornings in the week and 1/2 pint of milk the remaining meals.
Sick, at the discretion of the medical officer.
[87]
In as much as it has frequently occurred that the milk delivered by the contractor is sometimes found to be sour and unfit for use in breach of the contract and as great inconvenience has arisen in consequence of returning such milk,
Resolved that milk of the aforesaid description shall be kept by the master for the use of the paupers and not to be by him included in the account.

M
edical Report
We had one death in the fever hospital on the 1st inst. of a patient named Michael McGuire. 49 patients still remain under treatment and I am sorry to say that the fever is not as yet on the decrease in the workhouse. Honor Hogan died of asthma in the infirmary on the 1st inst. and 42 still remain under medical treatment. I don't think stirabout twice a day is agreeing with the inmates as it is producing dyspeptic complaints and diarrhea. The medicines mentioned in the accompanying list are wanted for the use of the surgery.
                                            James Shannon
                                            Medical Officer.

The annual report of the security of officers was laid before the board signed by the auditor.

Read tenders for making box bedsteads.
Resolved
- that Martin Tuohy's tender at 18/- each be accepted for 40 bed steads.
[88] - that the collectors be called upon to send in and give up to the clerk their old warrants.
- that William Conole be called upon to pay in to the treasurer the surplus money which he has collected in Liscannor Electoral Division and which he has not accounted for as yet, amounting to £10-5-6.
- that the several collectors be called upon to pay in their several balances and to collect and lodge the last rate made within one month from this date.
- that the board do forego the following sums in the following Electoral Divisions as uncollectable viz. Liscannor 4d, Corofin 2s 7d, Burren 11s 7 1/4d Drumcreehy 4s 11 1/4d.
In as much as the contractor for building the stables and coach house has not completed his contract,
- that in pursuance of our resolution of the 27th of March 1846 that the clerk do instruct our solicitor to write to James McDonough of Ennistymon the contractor and to Pat O'Dwyer of same place and to Pat Jordan of Cahiremore (his sureties) that their bond will be put in suit within a week from the date of his letter, unless countermanded by the board. It is further resolved in pursuance of our resolution of the 24th of April 1846 that a similiar letter be written in reference to the contract for building the boundary wall and piggory [sic] specifying the name of the contractor and his sureties, viz.
[89] John Donohue of Dough O'Connor the contractor, Thomas Considine of Lahinch and Michael Lysaght of Liscannor (his sureties).

Resolved that our clerk do write to Mr. John Herbert expressing the opinion of the board that he has been negligent of his duty in breach of his contract and that they expect his immediate attention to the several works now in progress and further that the timber and iron works of this house require paint and that several articles of furniture require repair.
Resolved That our clerk do write to Mr. Bradford superintendant of National Schools and request of him at the insistance of the board to make arrangements to send the schoolmaster and school mistress of this workhouse to the training school Dublin at his earliest convenience.
Ordered that the medicine required by the medical officer be had from Mr. O'Dwyer the medicine contractor.

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