Ennistymon Union Minute Books

Book No. 3 

Meetings held from 12th June 1846 - 28th August 1846

[90]
Meeting held on the 12th of June 1846.

The register book was signed from No. 1979 to No. 1987.

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
[91] Rates collected and lodged
Rates remaining

1458

17

6
Cost of provisions and necessities received

28

17

11 1/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

31

0

11 1/2
General average cost of an inmate

1

6

[92]
The clerk laid the 1/4 yearly abstracts of the union accounts ending 25th March last before the board and they were approved of.

Read letter from the Public Works Loan Office dated 6th inst. requiring payment of the 3rd and 4th instalments amounting to 840 in repayment of the loan of 8400 and which sum will be due on the 1st of next month and further stating that the above instalments are in addition to the sum of 605 demanded by the secretary's letter of the 22nd of May 1845.

Pat Jordan gives notice that he will move on this day fortnight to raise the salary of the master shoemaker from 8 a year to 15 a year.
Read letter from Henry Lysaght Esq. of 42, Summerhill, Dublin, dated 10th inst. acknowledging the receipt of the clerk's letter and stating if the defaulting contractors, James McDonough and John Donohue and their several sureties are to be proceeded against he will require the bonds for that purpose.

[93] Read commissioners' letter
- Of the 10th June expressing their approval of Daniel Considine and John McMahon as collectors of poor rates at a remuneration of 9d in the pound on the sum collected by them.
- Of the 10th inst. with regard to collectors and balances of rate and requesting to be informed what rate and what collectors, the resolution of the 5th of June applies to.
- Of the 10th inst. with regard to the milk contract etc. etc.

Medical Report
We had one death in the fever hospital since last meeting. 47 still remain under treatment and I think the fever is on the decline as we had only 7 new cases from workhouse for the last week. There are 38 patients in the infirmary.
                                                        James Shannon.
                                                        Medical Officer.

Resolved that our clerk do write to William Conole rate collector of poor rates in the electoral division of Liscannor and Kilshanny to lodge with our treasurer 10-5-6 and in as much as he did not comply with the resolution of the board made at our last meeting.
Resolved that our clerk do intimate to him that unless said sum be lodged and the receipt produced before this day week that our solicitor will be directed to proceed for the recovery of same and further to call on said William Conole to give up to him, the clerk, the several rate books and other papers connected with his situation as rate collector.
[94]
In reference to the commissioners' letter of the 10th inst.,
Resolved that our clerk do inform the commissioners' that the milk referred to in the resolution of the 5th inst. was not sour but at the same time not as sweet as the milk contracted for and that they expect that the mode of punishment suggested will have the effect of obliging the contractor to send sweet milk and that the inconvenience alluded to arose from the circumstances of the master and matron rejecting faulty milk and leaving the paupers without milk of any kind from the impossibility of getting it elsewhere.

In reference to the commissioners' letter of the 10th inst.,
Resolved that our clerk do state for the information of the commissioners that the balances refered to did not belong to the newly appointed collectors but to the old collectors and that they were balances of the previous rate and that they are carried into the new rate books.
Resolved that John Mason gets a cheque for 5 for cleaning the cess pools.

[95]
Meeting held on 19th June 1846.

The register book was signed from No. 1988 to No. 1991.
The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that there had been:

s

d
Received during the week
Paid during the week

16

19

0
Balance against the guardians

18

4

0
Rates collected and lodged
[96] Rates remaining

1458

17

6
Cost of provisions and necessities received

24

10

5
Cost of provisionns and ecessities consumed

31

18

4 1/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

6

[97]
Read commissioners' letter
- Of the 13th inst. accompanying a letter from the Secretary of the Public Works Loan commissioners requiring payment of the 3rd and 4th instalments on the loan of 8,400.
- Of the 15th June 1846 refering to an order of the Court of Chancery and the payment of rates.

In as much as there is no vacancy in the fever ward of the workhouse,
Resolved that Margaret Howard and her 4 children and Kate Cleary, union paupers in fever, be removed from this workhouse to Ennis fever hospital at the union expence [sic] and that the master do procure a car for that purpose. It appearing from the medical officer's report that the master's health is impaired and that it is necessary for him to go to Lisdoonvarna spa for 3 weeks and the clerk having undertaken to perform his duties during his absence.
[98] Resolved that he be at liberty to proceed accordingly to Lisdoonvarna and that his absence be excused for the period above mentioned.
- that our clerk do write to Martin Collins that unless his contract for building the shoemaker's workshop and bedroom be completed this day fortnight that his sureties bond will be handed over to the law agent with directions to proceed forthwith.

Medical Report
We have 40 patients under medical treatment in the Infirmary. Fever has been greatly on the increase in the house during the last week having had 21 new cases since last board day probably owing to the great heat of the weather. We had one death from fever and 57 remain in hospital. We want the medicines mentioned at foot for the use of the surgery.
                                                                            James Shannon. M.D.
P.S. The master's state of health would require 3 weeks sojourn at Lisdoonvarna to drink the waters there.
                                                                            James Shannon. M.D.
3 stone of linseed meal.
1/2 stone of arrow roots.
J.S.

In reference to the contract of John Donohue for building the boundary wall etc, and it appearing to the board that the coping of the boundary wall at Ennis
[99] workhouse is preferable to that mentioned in workhouse specification and the contractor being a consenting party,
Resolved that the specification be altered accordingly contract be extended to 1st August next.
Resolved that the master get a cheque for 1-19-8 for petty expences and that Mr. Michael Stritch gets a cheque for 10s 1d for last Spring levy of the workhouse land.

No meeting on the 26th June 1846.

s

d
Cost of provisions and necessities received

20

16

5 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

31

0

3

[100]
No meeting on the 3rd July 1846.

s

d
Cost of provisions and necessities received

26

1

11
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

31

18

8

[101]
Meeting held on the 10th July 1846.

The register book was signed from No. 1992 to No. 2016.

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

s

d
Received during the week

220

8

9
Paid during the week

33

15

4
Balance in favour of the guardians

168

9

5
[102] Rates collected and lodged

213

8

9
Rates remaining

1245

8

9
Cost of provisions and necessities received

43

14

3
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

32

6

9 1/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

6

[103]
Read
- commissioners' letter of the 20th ult. reporting the mode of collecting rate and arrears of rate.
- commissioners' letter of the 22nd ult. expressing their approval of John McCarthy as rate collector in Kilshanny electoral division at the remuneration proposed namely 9d in the pound on the sum collected by him.
[104] - commissioners' letter of the 24th ult. with reference to the 16th section of the Irish Poor Law Amendment Act and to the hiring of houses for persons affected with fever.
- from the Education Office, Dublin, dated 30th June last requesting the attendance of William McDonough schoolmaster at the training and model schools on the 5th August next.
- commissioners' letter of the 25th June last with respect to the account of the last election expenses.
- commissioners' letter of the 1st inst. ordering payment of the last election expences 19-13-7
- commissioners letter of the 26th ult accompanying forms of return of the monthly account of the union funds.
- letter from Mr. Hancock, A.P.L. commissioner, dated at Galway on 3rd inst. with respect to the vaccination of the children in the workhouse and which letter it was necessary should be answered by return of post but which the clerk stated not to have received until the 9th July inst.

Resolved that our clerk do inform Mr. Hancock that the children are vaccinated according to the workhouse rules.
Resolved that the board do forego the sum of 2-10-3 as uncollectable in the Ennistymon Electoral Division. The collector having made a declaration before a magistrate to that effect.
[105] Resolved that the porter get a suit of clothes from Mr. O'Dwyer amount 3-0-0.
Resolved that cheques be drawn for the following sums in favour of the following persons.

s

d
Michael McDonough, clerk 3 months salary to the 25th June 1846

10

0

0
Michael Walsh, master, 3 months salary to 25th June 1846

10

0

0
Kate Walsh, matron, 3 months salary to 25th June 1846

5

0

0
W.McD. returning officer, election expense

19

13

7
John McNamara, porter, 3 months salary to 25th June 1846

2

10

0
Michael Walsh, master, petty expenses

1

7

0
Mary Leyden, schoolmistress, 3 months salary to 25th June 1846

2

10

0
Daniel Lysaght, shoemaker, 3 months salary to 25th June 1846

2

0

0
Doctor Finucane, medical officer, 3 months salary to 25th June 1846

10

0

0
Doctor Shannon, medical officer, 3 months salary to 25th June 1846

10

0

0
John Herbert, architect, 3 months salary to 23rd May 1846

12

10

0
Pat Lynch, for meat to 4th July inst.

20

9

5
William Lawlor, for tins

2

18

4
Pat Quinn, for coffins

4

11

4
Anthony Casey, for straw

6

6

0
John Beauman, sweep, 1/2 years salary to 23rd May 1846

0

15

0
Pat O'Dwyer, for turf

28

6

8
Michael Gutherie, collection poundage

8

11

9

John Molony, smith, 3 months salary to 16th May 1846

2

9

9
James McDonough, balance of stable contract

44

0

0
Roughan Michael, for carriage

7

14

7

Medical Report
I am happy to inform the board of guardians that fever is decreasing in the house as we had only 4 new cases in the last week. 2 patients died of fever and 46 still remain in hospital 2/3 of whom are convalescent.
[106] There are 38 in the infirmary under medical treatment.
Thomas Hehir who came in, in a dying state died on the 7th of diarrhea. Mary Fitzgerald died this morning of diarrhea.
                                                                James Shannon.

The master handed in the treasurer's receipt for 7 for the sale of pigs.

Resolved

- that the sum of 1-10 be allowed to Martin Collins for extra work at the shoemaker's workshop and bedroom on the recommendation of Mr Herbert, architect, Martin Collins the contractor being a consenting party.
- that Mr. Jordan's motion for raising the salary of the shoemaker be adjourned to this day week.
- that Martin Collins gets a cheque for 6 in part payment of building the shoemaker's workshop and bedroom on the recommendation of Mr. Herbert Architect.
- that Mr. Ruthledge gets a cheque for 3-6-9 for brushes, combs etc.

[Page numbers 105 and 106 repeated]
[105]
Meeting held on 17th July 1846.

The register book was signed from No. 2017 to No. 2029.

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

s

d
Balance in favour of the guardians was

168

9

5
Rates collected and lodged
[106] Rates remaining

1242

18

6
Cost of provisions and necessities received

30

6

9 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

33

8

10
General average cost of an inmate

1

6

[107]
Read commissioners' letter of the 9th inst. requiring payment of 4-15-0 due on the audit fund account.

Resolved that the master shoemaker be supplied with 1 hide of sole leather, 1 oz of hairs, 1 lb of wax and 3 lbs of heel tacks.

Medical Report
We have had 2 cases of fever from the alt="" of the house in the past week. John Cross aged 70 died of natural decay since last report.
                                                    Charles Finucane.
                                                    M.R.C.S.L.

Mr. O'Brien gives notice that he will on this day fortnight move that the bond of the contractor for building the stables and coach house be put in suit unless he produces the certificate of Mr. Herbert that the contract is complete pursuant to the plan and specification.

[108] Resolved that cheques be drawn for the following sums in favour of the following person.

William Walsh, master, for meal

7

10

0
Michael O'Brien, collector for Miltown, for poundage

7

18

0
William Graney Esq. for the audit fund account

4

15

0

 [109]
Meeting held on the 24th. July, 1846.

The register book was signed from No. 2030 to No. 2034.

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

s

d
Balance in favour of the guardians was

168

9

[110] Rates collected and lodged

---

---

---
Rates remaining

1242

18

6
Cost of provisions and necessities received

25

15

8 1/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

32

18

8 1/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

6

[111]
Resolved
that the children in both schools get 2 days in the week for recreation namely Sunday and Thursday.
Resolved that several articles, the contracts for which will expire on the 8th of August next be advertised for against this day fortnight.

Medical Report
We have 30 patients in the fever hospital and 44 in the infirmary. A boy named Pat Browne, aged 5 years, died this morning of diarrhea after fever.
                                        Charles Finucane.
                                        M.R.C.S.L.

[112]
Meeting held on 31st July 1846. 

The register book was signed from No. 2035 to No. 2040.

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

s

d
Received during the week

-----

Paid during the week

209

1

8
Balance in favour of the guardians

40

12

3
[113] Rates collected and lodged

----

Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

1242

18

6
Rates remaining

31

17

10 1/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

6

[114]
It being necessary that the schoolmaster should go to Dublin to the training school,
Resolved that John Reddan be substituted in his stead until his return.
Read commissioners' letter of the 29th inst. with respect to the payment of 7-18-0 poundage to Mr. Michael O'Brien rate collector.
Resolved that our clerk does inform the commissioners' that the payment referred to was for the collection of the previous rate which he allowed.
Resolved that a cheque be drawn in favour of Mrs. Moran for 227-12-9 for milk to the 25th day of July 1846.
Mr. Daniel Considine gives notice that he will on this day fortnight move to have the shoemaker's salary raised from 8 a year to 15 a year.
[115]
Mr. Michael Considine gives notice that he will on this day fortnight move to raise the amount of remuneration for collecting rate from 9d to one shilling per pound in the Electoral Division of Ennistymon and Miltown Malbay.
Resolved that our solicitor Henry Lysaght Esq. be directed to sue Martin Collins and his sureties for breach of contract in building the shoemaker's workshop and bedroom.
Resolved that Martin Tuohy gets a cheque for 36 for 40 beds at 18/- each.

[116]
Meeting held on 7th August 1846.

The register book was signed from No. 2041 to No. 2055.

The clerk's report was read to the following effect.
That he directed Henry Lysaght Esq. the solicitor of the board to sue Martin Collins and his sureties for breach of contract in building the shoemaker's workshop and bedroom.

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

s

d
Balance in favour of the guardians was

4

12

3
[117] Rates collected and lodged

410

15

1 1/2
Rates remaining

832

3

4 1/4
Cost of provisions and necessities received

25

15

5
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

31

13

6 1/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

6

[118]
Resolved
that a rate of ten pence in the pound be struck in every division of this union in general on the existing valuation.
Resolved that the clerk gets the new rate book prepared forthwith.
[119] Resolved that the following tenders be accepted viz.
Michael Roughan's for soap, salt, candles, mould and dipt, at the following prices viz. soap at 1-8-0 per cwt, dipt candles at 5s 6d per dozen, mould candles at 7d per lb, salt at 2s 10d per cwt. Pat O'Dwyer's for oatmeal at 15 per ton, for jam and sugar at 7s 6d per stone, best tea at 4s 6d per lb, best old port wine at 2s 4d per bottle, porter at 2s 0d per dozen, coffee at 1s 8d per lb, pepper at 1s 10d per lb, oaten straw at 1-12-0 per ton, turf ten hundred boxes at 10s 1/2d per box. Michael Malony's for bread at 7d per 4 lb loaf.
Pat Lynch's for best beef at 4 1/2d per lb and for best mutton at 5 1/2d per lb, all of which tenders are accepted until the 8th day of August 1847.

Resolved that cheques be drawn for the following sums in favour of the following persons, viz.

s

d
Pat Lynch, for meat to this day

17

18

11
Pat O'Dwyer, for groceries to this day

26

15

0
Pat O’Dwyer, for porters suit

3

0

0
John Donohue, for building boundary wall in part payment

26

15

0
Mrs McDonough, for postage

2

15

0
Michael Molony, for meal

8

10

0

[120]
Medical Report
We had only 2 new cases of fever in the house during the last week. 40 patients are in the hospital this day, of which number I was able to discharge 6. There are 39 under medical treatment in the infirmary, suffering from various chronic affections, the medicines named in the attached list are wanted for the use of the surgery.
James Shannon.
Medical Officer.

Resolved
- that the medicines mentioned in the doctor's report be had from Mr. O'Dwyer the contractor.
- that an insurance be perfected with the Patriotic Insurance Company for the sum of 300 on the fever hospital attached to this workhouse.
- that our clerk invites tenders from persons willing to build by the perch, 2 walls, equal to the boundary wall (when finished), from the present gate to the front of the workhouse, against this day week.
- that the master gets the drain in the fever hospital yard paved for cleanliness sake.
- that leather and shoemakers findings be advertised for against this day week. Samples to accompany tenders.

[121]
Meeting held on the 14th. August, 1846.

The register book was signed from No. 2056 to No. 2071.

The clerk's report was read to the following effect.
That the bread and meat contractor's bonds have been duly executed, and that the bonds for meal, turf, soap, salt and candles have not been entered into as yet.

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

s

d
Received during the week

404

10

8
Paid during the week

335

4

6
Balance in favour of the guardians

28

13

11
Rates collected and lodged

------

Rates remaining

832

1

3
Cost of provisions and necessities received

24

14

8
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

31

10

2
General average cost of an inmate

1

9

[123]
Read commissioners' letter of the 27th ult. accompanying forms of the monthly account of the union funds.

Read letter from the agent of the Patriotic Assurance Company on the subject of the insurance of the fever hospital.
[124]
On the motion of Mr. Daniel Considine pursuant to previous notice to raise the shoemaker's salary from 8 to 15 a year, a division took place when there appeared for raising the salary 6, against it 3.
Resolved
that the shoemaker's salary be 15 a year forthwith.
Mr. Michael Considine has withdrawn his notice of motion for raising the remuneration of the collectors in Ennistymon and Miltown Malbay Electoral Divisions.
Mr. Robert Morony gives notice that he will on this day fortnight move to rescind the resolution of raising the shoemakers salary and that it remain at 8-0-0 a year.

Resolved that cheques be drawn for the following sums in favour of the following persons, viz. John Fallon in part payment for bread 28-13-11, William McDonough schoolmaster 3 months salary to the 8th August 1846 3-15-0, William Lawlor for 19-8 for tins, Michael Walsh master for sundries 1-17-9 1/2
Resolved that Mr. O'Dwyer be requested to send for 2 tons of Indian meal for the use of this workhouse being exclusive of his contract.
Resolved that tenders be invited for household bread at ___ per 4 lb loaf against this day fortnight. 

[125] Medical Report
There are 41 patients in the infirmary and 38 in the fever hospital, where a patient named Tom Gallagher died on the third day after he came in. We had 2 cases of fever in the workhouse since last meeting.
                                                                                    James Shannon.
                                                                                    Medical Officer. 
No meeting on the 21st inst.

s

d
Cost of provisions and necessities received

40

0

0 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

30

11

2 1/4

[126]

Meeting held on Friday 28th August 1846.

The register book was signed from No. 2072 to No.2098.

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

s

d
Received during the week

50

0

0
Paid during the week

76

4

1
Balance in favour of the guardians

2

9

10
[127] Rates collected and lodged

50

0

0
Rates remaining

728

1

3 5/8
Cost of provisions and necessities received

24

19

1
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

30

13

3
General average cost of an inmate

1

9

[128]
Read
commissioners' letter of the 13th inst. accompanying queries with regard to the potato disease.

Resolved that the shoemaker be supplied with the following, viz. 1 oz of hairs, 2 lb of sewing hemp, 3000 crabit heads, 2000 pound tack, 1 calf skin.
Resolved that the dietary recommended by the master be this day adopted for the present as follows. 

Men and women.
Breakfast 3 1/2 oz Indian meal, 3 1/2 oz of oatmeal, molasses 3 mornings, milk the remaining mornings of the week, 1 oz of molasses and 1/2 pint of milk to each person.
Dinner Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 12 oz of bread, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday 3 1/2 oz of Indian meal, 3 1/2 oz of oatmeal 1/2 pint milk each every night for dinner.
Children above 6.
Breakfast
2 1/2 oz of Indian meal and 2 1/2 oz oatmeal, molasses 3 mornings, milk the remaining mornings of the week, 1 oz of molasses and 1/2 pint milk for each person.
Dinner Sundays and Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 oz of bread, Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays 2 1/2 oz Indian meal, and 2 1/2 oz of oatmeal, milk every night for dinner. 

[129] Children under 6 and above 2.
Breakfast
1 1/2 oz of Indian meal and 1/2 oz of oatmeal, molasses 3 mornings of the week, milk the remaining mornings, 1 oz of molasses and 1/2 pint milk for each person.
Dinner Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 6 oz of bread, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 1 1/2 oz of Indian meal and 1 1/2 of oatmeal, milk every night for dinner. This class to get 4 oz of bread in addition for supper.
Working men to get 10 oz of meal extra at each meal and 4 ozs of bread extra at each meal. 

Medical Report
There are 35 patients in the fever hospital of which 5 came from the house since last board day. We have 43 under medical treatment in the infirmary.
                                                                            James Shannon.
                                                                            Medical Officer.

Read tenders for leather and shoemaker's findings,
Resolved
- that we accept John Carmody's tender at the prices therein mentioned for the several articles.
[130] - that a cheque for 4-10-0 be drawn in favour of Mr. Michael Kerin for the premium of the insurance of the workhouse.
- that our clerk do inform Mr. Kerin, agent to the Patriotic Assurance Company that an insurance for the sum of 300 is required to be affected on the fever hospital, furniture and clothing in the following manner. That is 100 on the building, 100 on the furniture, and 100 on the bedding and clothing.
- that Mr. Walsh the master be directed to purchase 20 tons of coal for the use of the house, in Galway.
- that the master gets a writing desk made for his own use and for the benefit of his health.
- that Mr. Pat O' Dwyer having declined to perfect his bond for the supply of meal for the ensuing 12 months.
That an advertisement be again put forward inviting tenders on this day week for a 2 month contract for meal of both kinds, that is oatmeal and Indian meal, in such quantities as the board shall require.

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