Ennistymon Union Minute Books

Book No. 3 

Meetings held from 23rd April 1847 - 9th July 1847

[278]
Meeting held on the 23rd April, 1847.

The register book was signed from No. 4019 to No. 4110.

The treasurer's book was produced by which it appeared that there had been

s

d
Received during the week

20

0

0
Paid during the week

202

10

0
Balance in favour of the guardians

5

16

0
[279] Rates collected and lodged

20

0

0
Rates remaining

591

11

1
Cost of provisions and necessities received

43

4

3 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

47

7

11 1/2
General average cost of an inmate

1

11

[280]
Read
- commissioners' letter of the 12th inst. with reference to the weekly returns of the lodgements made by the collectors.
- commissioners' letter of the 25th inst. referring to the 3 shilling rate struck on the 26th ult. and to the rate declared on the 12th ult. etc. etc.
- commissioners' letter of the 19th inst. requiring the clerk to inform the inspecting officer of the union without delay of any new rate,the board of guardians should make or resolve to make at any time for the purposes of the act 10 Vict. cap 7.

Resolved that the matron gets a check for 2.4.0 for sundries and Pat Quinn a cheque for 3 for 6 clothes horses.
[281]
The clerk presented Mr. Thom's bill for books and amount 10.4.9 to the 10th ult to the board, there being no funds at present to meet it, it was put off to another day.
Proposed that the clerk be instructed to invite tenders on this day fortnight from competent persons to revise the valuation of this union. The guardians do not bind themselves to accept the lowest tender nor any tender.
To be advertised on two parts of the Clare Journal.

Resolved
- that we accept Pat Quinn's tender for making 30 bedsteads or stretchers at 13/- each and his tender for opening and securing under windows with lattice to the outside each at 7/- and upper windows with hinges and fastenings as described at 2/6 each.
Pat O'Dwyer and John Carmody, both of Ennistymon, securities. Windows to be finished on the 6th of May next.
- that the clerk gets a cheque for 8 to remunerate him for copying out rate books for the purpose of the act 10 Vict Cap.7 pursuant to a resolution of the 26th ult.
- that the master hires a car to convey John Considine, an inmate to the county infirmary.
- that the master gets 440 yards of ticking from Mr.O'Dwyer for beds for the use of the workhouse at the last prices.
Mr. MacNamara's motion is adjourned to the 30th inst.
- that the clerk be directed to write to Mr. Herbert and to John Molony (contractors for keeping the workhouse in repair) to attend to their duties immediately or their bonds will be put in suit on this day fortnight.
- that our clerk do advertise for tenders against this day fortnight for opening and completing the drain from the fever hospital to the place where the master will show to the person contracting the tender, to specify the price per perch, the drain to be 2 feet wide, 2 feet high and flagged at top and bottom, and built with rubble masonry.

[283]
Meeting held on Friday 30th day of April, 1847

The register book was signed from No. 4111 to No. 4131.

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

s

d
Balance in favour of the guardians was

5

16

0
[284] Rates collected and lodged

-----

Rates remaining

591

11

1
Cost of provisions and necessities received

21

17

3 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

23

18

11 1/2
General average cost of an inmate

1

11

[285]
Read
- Commissioners' letter of the 20th inst. with reference to the doctor's report of the 9th inst. etc.
- Commissioners' letter of the 23rd inst. accompanying the architect's report etc.
- Commissioners' letter of the 22nd inst. with respect to the amount of accommodation which the workhouse and fever hospital were calculated to afford on the 25th March 1847.
- Commissioners' letter of the 23rd inst. with reference to the striking of a rate for the purposes of the Temporary Relief act 10 Vic Cap.7
- Commissioners' letter of the 28th inst. accompanying the Commissioners' sealed order prohibiting the admission of paupers beyond the number of 650, etc.
[286]
Resolved
that Thomas O'Neill's tender for rice and Indian meal be accepted at the following prices viz.
Best rice at 1-12-0 per cwt.
Best Indian meal at 16/3 per cwt.

Pursuant to previous notice given by Mr. Kenny,
Resolved that the resolution of the 26th ult. of striking a 3/0 rate upon every electoral division of the union for the purposes of the act 10 Vic Cap 7. be this day rescinded there being an error in the calculation.

Pursuant to previous notice given by Mr. Stack that the salary of the chaplain be raised from 40 to 60 a year.
Moved that the salary of the chaplain remain at 40 a year.
Resolved that the chaplain's salary be raised to 50 a year.
Upon a poll being taken the votes in each case were equal the motion was therefore lost.
Mr. Thomas Stack gives notice that he will move on this day fortnight to raise the salary of the Roman Catholic chaplain to this workhouse from 40 to 60 a year in consequence of his additional duties in attending the fever hospital attached to this workhouse.
[287]
Medical Report

Bowel affections have decreaed considerably since the changes in the dietary from molasses to milk and cocoa in place of coffee. I am sorry to say that fever has increased considerably as our admissions to the fever ward were 34 during the week. Wherefore I would recommend the board to be cautious in admitting any more poor people into the house. We have 130 patients in the infirmary and infirm wards and 63 in fever hospital. There were 16 deaths during the week, 7 of fever, 6 of diarrhea, one of anasarca, one of asthma, and one of dispepsia.
                            James Shannon.
                            Medical Officer.
Resolved that Mary Leyden schoolmistress gets leave of absence from Saturday the first of May until Tuesday following.
Resolved that the master pays 3s to Mr. Kitson S.I. Constabulary for expenses incurred by him in conveying 2 paupers to this workhouse on the 21st ult.
Resolved that we accept the tender of Mrs. Mary Moran for supplying new milk from the first day of May next until the first day of May 1848 at two pence farthing per quart.

[288]
Extraordinary meeting held on Monday 3rd of May 1847.

Resolved that a rate be this date declared and signed on the following divisions of the purposes of the Act 10 Vic Chap 7. pusuant to the warrant of the Lord Lieutenent this day received viz.
Upon Miltown Malbay Electoral Division @ 2s 1d in the pound on the nett annual value thereof.
Upon Ennistymon Electoral Division @ 2s 1d in the pound on the nett annual value thereof.
Upon Kilshanny Electoral Division @ 10d in the pound on the nett annual value thereof.
Upon Corofin Electoral Division @ 10d in the pound on the nett annual value thereof.
Upon Rath Electoral Division @ 7 1/2d in the pound on the nett annual value thereof.
The above rates were accordingly signed and declared.

[289]
Meeting held on Friday 7th day of May 1847.

The register book was signed from No. 4132 to No. 4132.

The treasurer's book was produced by which it appeared that there had been

s

d
Received during the week

40

0

0
Paid during the week

5

4

0
Balance in favour of the guardians

40

12

0
[290] Rates collected and lodged

40

0

0
Rates remaining

551

11

1
Cost of provisions and necessities received

60

17

8 3/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

77

15

5 3/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

11

[291]
Read
- commissioners' letter of the 29th ult. with respect to the monthly return of the state of the union funds, collectors, etc.
- commissioners' letter of the 27th ult. accompanying 2 copies of a publication explaining the duties, powers etc. of poor rate collectors.
[292] - commissioners' letter of the 1st May inst. relative to the making of a rate for the purpose of the Temporary Relief Act. On receipt of the Lord Lieutenant's warrant without waiting for estimates or particulars of poundage.

Resolved we accept the tender of Mr. Pat Jordan for revising the valuation of this union for the sum of 80 and to be completed on the 1st October next.
Mr. Stack gives notice that he will on this day fortnight move to rescind the resolution of making a rate upon Ennistymon Electoral Division of 2s 1d in the pound as he considers that so much money will not be wanted for the purposes of the Temporary Relief Act and that he will propose a rate of 1s 5 1/2d to meet the amount of the Lord Lieutenant's warrant.

Resolved that checks be drawn for the following sums in favour of the following persons.
Mr. Patrick Dwyer, 40 on account for clothing.
Mr. Michael Walsh, 36.16.0 advanced for coals, turf, bread.
Mr. Patrick Quinn, 30.13.6 for coffins.
Mr. Thomas O'Neill, 100.0.0 for rice.
Mr. Patrick Lynch, 17.13.2 for meat.

Resolved that we accept Mr. Thomas Russell's tender for completing the drain at the rere of the workhouse according to specification at 1-15-6 per perch of 21 feet long.
Resolved that the clerk do write to Mr. Molony to supply the bread at the workhouse at 8 o'clock every morning, and that in case he neglects to do so, that his bond will be put in suit.

[293]
Meeting held on the 14th day of May, 1847.

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

s

d
[294] Balance in favour of the guardians was

40

12

0
Rates collected and lodged

-----

Rates remaining

551

11

1
Cost of provisions and necessities received

84

9

10 1/4

Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

75

14

4 1/2
General average cost of an inmate

1

11

[295]
The clerk produced the warrant of the Lord Lieutenant to levy the following sums of the following divisions viz.

s

d
Burren

400

0

0
Rathborney

203

8

0
Drumcreehy

283

0

0
Kilonahen

173

0

0
Kilshanny

95

0

0
Liscannor

340

0

0
Carron

108

0

0

Resolved that a rate be this day made to meet the said several sums on the said several electoral divisions at the following poundage viz.
Burren Electoral Division at 1/8 in the pound
Carron Electoral Division at 5d in the pound
Rathborny Electoral Division at 7 1/2d in the pound
Drumcreehy Electoral Division at 2/1 in the pound
Kilonahen Electoral Division at 10d in the pound
Liscannor Electoral Division at 1/3 in the pound.

[296]
Pursuant to previous notice,
Resolved that the salary of the chaplain be raised from 40 a year to 60.
Resolved that checks be drawn in favour of Mr. Michael Molony 174-10-4 for bread and 38-4-11 1/2 for returning officer's expences, and that the master gets an order for 4 dozen combs and 6 dozen brooms.

Medical Report
Fever is on the increase in the house but it is more mild than it has been. Bowel complaint is also more mild. We have 14 deaths since last meeting. The shores of the fever hospital require to be at once attended to as it is impossible but it must be the source of generating disease.
                                Charles Finucane.
                                Medical Officer.

No meeting held May 21st 1847.

s

d
Cost of provisions and necessities received

73

0

8 1/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

83

4

8 3/4

[297]
Meeting held on the 28th day of May 1847.

The register book was signed from No. 4133 to No. 4182.

[298] The treasurer's book was produced by which it appeared that there had been

s

d
Received during the week

76

18

8
Paid during the week

96

6

8
Balance in favour of the guardians

21

4

0
[299] Rates collected and lodged

76

18

8
Rates remaining

474

12

5
Cost of provisions and necessities received

67

4

2 3/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

61

1

3
General average cost of an inmate

1

11

[300]
Read
- letter from the General Board of Health, Custom House, Dublin, dated 10th May 1847, accompanying a copy of the amended fever act 10 Vict. Cap. 22.
- commissioners' letter of the 13th inst. calling upon the clerk to finish the monthly returns of the state of the union funds.
- commissioners' letter of the 18th inst. 1847 requiring certain particulars from the admission and discharge book for the year 1846.
- commissioners' letter of the 19th inst. sanctioning the temporary appointment of Mr. Pat Jordan as revising valuator of this union at a remuneration of 80.
- commissioners' letter of the 20th inst. respecting the publication of a rate being made, etc.
- commissioners' letter of the 22nd inst. sanctioning the salary of 50 per annum for the Roman Catholic Chaplain of this workhouse.
[301]
Resolved
that Mr. Daniel Lysaght, shoemaker, gets leave of absence for four days after Sunday next.
Pursuant to previous notice given by Mr. Stack,
Resolved that a rate be this day made on Ennistymon Electoral Division pursuant to the warrant of the Lord Lieutenant of 1s 5 1/2d in the pound.

Medical Report
Fever is again increasing. We had 30 deaths since the 13th a great many of them children. I would wish that extra assistant nurses in the infirmary would be allowed the same rations as those in the fever hospital, as the infirmary is now almost entirely confined to fever cases. A good many of the deaths are from bowel complaints.
                                                Charles Finucane.
                                                M.R.C.S.L.

Resolved that the master gets an order for 1 dozen of earthen chamber utensils for the fever hospital.
Mary Leyden, schoolmistress, having resigned,
Resolved that the same be accepted and that our clerk do advertize for a schoolmistress against this day fortnight.
Resolved that our clerk do advertize on the Clare Journal newspaper that a rate has been made for the purposes of the Temporary Relief Act.

[302]
No meeting on 4th June 1847.

s

d
Cost of provisions and necessities received

74

10

7 1/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

72

9

4 3/4

[303]
Meeting held on the 11th. June 1847.

The register book was signed from No. 4183 to No. 4232.

[304] The treasurer's book was produced by which it appeared that there had been

s

d
Received during the week

102

5

4
Paid during the week

75

0

11
Balance in favour of the guardians

48

8

5
[305] Rates collected and lodged

102

5

4
Rates remaining

372

7

2 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities received

96

15

1
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

83

12

4 1/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

11

[306]
Read
- commissioners' letter of the 26th ult. accompanying a copy of a report received from their architect relative to the ventilation of workhouses.
- commissioners' letter of the 26th ult. relative to the monthly account of the state of the union funds.
- Lord Lieutenant's warrant dated 27th ult. authorizing the payment of 211-6-4 out of the rates for the purposes of the Temporary Relief Act in Kililagh Electoral Division, and his other warrant of the same date for payment of 186-16-2 for Kilfenora Electoral Division for the same purposes.
- Lord Lieutenant's warrant dated 2nd inst. authorizing payment of 18-8-4 to be paid out of the rates for defraying the expense of a list and estimate made for the purposes of the Temporary Relief Act for the Electoral Division of Ennistymon.
- Letter from the Public Works Loan office dated 1st inst. demanding payment of 1260 being the amount of the 3rd, 4th and 5th instalment of the loan borrowed for building of the workhouse.
- commissioners' letter of the 1st inst. accompanying a return required by the House of Lords of the progress made in making and levying rates for the purposes of the Tempoary Relief Act, in the several rateable districts in this union and showing the amount of arrears.
[307]
Pursuant to previous notice,
Resolved that Elizabeth Flanigan be appointed schoolmistress to this workhouse at the salary of 10 a year and rations.
Resolved that a rate of 7 1/2d in the pound be this day made on the Electoral Division of Kilfenora pursuant to the warrant of the Lord Lieutenant for the purpose of the Temporary Relief Act.
Resolved that a rate of 1s 0 1/2d in the pound be this day made on the Electoral Division of a Kililagh pursuant to the Lord Lieutenant's warrants for the purposes of the Temporary Relief Act.

In reference to the master's report,
Resolved that our clerk do write to our solicitor to take proceedings against John Herbert and John Molony for breach of their contracts and that the solicitors do write letters to each of them before such proceedings and that the master do procure a jacket similar to those worn in lunatic asylums to place on persons who may get insane.
[308]
Medical Report

We have 109 patients in the fever hospital and infirmary, of these 42 only are confined to bed. We had 6 deaths since last report.
                                        Charles Finucane.
                                        M.R.C.S.L.

Meeting of the 18th June 1847 adjourned

s

d
Cost of provisions and necessities received

72

5

5 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

75

19

1 1/2

[309]
Meeting held on the 25th June 1847.

The register book was signed from No. 4233 to No. 4285.

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

s

d
Balance in favour of the guardians was

48

8

5
[310] Rates collected and lodged

-----

Rates remaining

372

7

2 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities received

55

5

11
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

73

9

4 1/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

11

[311]
Read
- commissioners' letter of the 12th inst. relative to the subject of Mr. Creagh's communication.
- copy of Mr. Creagh's communication to the Commissioners in which several complaints were stated against the returning officer.
- commissioners' letter of the 12th inst. requiring payment of the instalment due 1st January last to the audit fund account.
[312] - commissioners' letter of the 15th inst. requiring payment of 1260 being the 3rd, 4th and 5th instalments due on the loan of 8400 borrowed for building the workhouse.
- commissioners' letter of the 16th inst. referring to the appointment of the schoolmistress and accompanying queries.
- commissioners' letter of 17th inst. accompanying a sealed order fixing the salary of the Roman Catholic chaplain at 50 a year.

Michael O'Brien, the late Miltown Malbay rate collector, having been obliged to pay up his account in full and it appearing that the sum of 2-3-7 3/4 could not be collected by him.
Resolved that a cheque be this day given him for 2-3-7 3/4 to reimburse him.
Resolved that an order be this day given to Mr. Thomas Russell to build 20 perches of drains from men and womens cesspools to meet the main drain at the fever hospital at the same price per perch.

Medical Report
There are 110 patients in the infirmary and 43 in the fever hospital. There were 30 admissions from fever since this day week a few of which came from the country.
[313]
We had 14 deaths since last Friday, six of diarrhea, 6 of fever, one of dyspepsia and one child of convulsions.
The medicines named in the accompanying list are wanted for the use of the surgery viz.
    hydracreta 2 oz,
    tantarized antimony 1 oz,
    sulphat of quinine 2 oz,
    gum arabic 1 lb,
    cream of tartar 1 lb,
    sulphate of zinc 1 oz,
    antate of lead 1/2 lb,
    borate of soda 2 oz,
    arrowroot 4 lbs,
    linseed meal 2 stone,
    dovers powder 2 oz,
    castor oil 1/2 a dozen,
    tincture of opium 2 pints,
    tincture of kino 1 pint
    tincture of calectur 1 pint
    tincture of caidamons compound 1 pint
    oil of turpentine 1/2 a gallon
    sticking plaster, 3 yards
    linseed oil 1/2 gallon.
            James Shannon.
            Medical Officer.

Resolved that the master gets a month's leave of absence to take the benefit of the spa at Lisdoonvarna the state of his health rendering it necessary.
Resolved that cheques be drawn in favour of the following persons for the following sums viz.
[314]

s

d
Pat Lynch, meat

26

15

0
Pat Lynch, meat

12

18

7
Pat O'Dwyer, groceries

40

0

0
Pat O'Dwyer, groceries

66

6

4
Pat O'Dwyer, clothing

124

12

11
Pat O'Dwyer, for porters suit of clothes

3

0

0
Master, 3 months salary to 25th June 1847

10

0

0
Matron, 3 months salary to 25th June 1847

5

0

0
Clerk, 3 months salary to 25th June 1847

10

0

0
Schoolmistress, 3 months salary to 25th June 1847

3

15

0
Shoemaker, 3 months salary to 25th June 1847

3

15

0
Taylor, 3 months salary to 25th June 1847

1

10

0
Dressmaker,3 months salary to 25th June 1847

1

5

0
Porter, 3 months salary to 25th June 1847

2

10

0
Nursetender, 3 months salary to 25th June 1847

2

0

0
Pat Quinn for coffins to 25th June 1847

19

16

0
Pat Quinn for opening windows etc.

11

8

6
Master for turf

26

18

10
Master for sundries

3

10

8
Thomas Russell for sewers

81

3

0
Michael Molony for bread

100

0

0
Thomas O'Neill for rice and meal

99

0

0

[315]
No meeting on 2nd July 1847.

s

d
Cost of provisions and necessities received

61

1

2 3/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

70

10

11 1/2

[316]
Meeting held on the 9th July, 1847.

The register book was signed from No. 4286 to No. 4332

The treasurer's book was produced by which it appeared that there had been

s

d
Received during the week

192

15

0
Paid during the week

230

10

10
Balance in favour of the guardians

10

12

7
[317] Rates collected and lodged

209

15

0
Rates remaining

8080

5

10 1/8
Cost of provisions and necessities received

73

10

4 1/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

75

9

6 1/2
General average cost of an inmate

1

11

[318]
Read Commissioners' letter of the 1st July on the subject of discontinuing advances under the Temporary Relief Act beyond the month of August next.
The clerk produced the warrant of the Lord Lieutenant bearing date 28th July last to levy the sum of five hundred and thirty six pounds off the Electoral Division of Killilagh for the purpose of the Temporary Relief Act.
[319] Resolved that a rate of 2/1 in the pound be this day struck upon Killilagh Electoral Division to meet the amount of the said warrant.
The clerk laid the abstracts of the 1/2 yearly account of the union ending the 25th March 1847 before the board as directed by Mr. Matthew and they were signed by the chairman.

Read
- commissioners' letter of the 26th June last accompanying forms relative to the Temporary Relief Act.
- commissioners' letter of the 30th ult. with respect to the appointment of the schoolmistress.
- commissioners' letter of the 26th ult. accompanying forms of monthly return of the funds of the union.
- the clerk produced an execution against Martin Collins former contractor for building the shoemaker's workshop
and bedroom and against his sureties Austin Foran and John Gilligan against whom proceedings were taken for breach of contract.
- commissioners' letter of the 29th ult. on the subject of the intention of the Commissioners of National Education of awarding to schoolmasters and mistresses of workhouses in Ireland certain gratuities.
[320]
Resolved
that the shoemakers be supplied with 1 hide of sole leather, 3 doz tips, 1000 tip nails, 5000 pound tack, 1 doz awl blades, 1 oz of hairs, 2 lb of wax, 1 quart of flour, 2 lb of closing hemp, 3 lb of heel tacks.
Resolved that an advertisement for the following provisions and necessaries be published once a week on the Clare Journal until Friday the 30th of July inst. Tenders to be invited on the last mentioned day for 6 calender months, viz. bread, soap, Indian meal, meat, salt, rice, groceries, candles.
In reference to the Commissioner's letter of the 1st inst.
Resolved that the clerk do write to the several collectors and inform them that unless they have their several balances paid in or before the 9th of August next, their several bonds will be put in suit without further notice.
Resolved that Mrs. Mary Moran gets a cheque for 437-19-4 being the price of 46,716 1/2 quarts of milk at 2 1/4d per quart.

Medical Report
Bowel affections and fever are still prevalent in the house, the former rather on the increase. We have 45 patients in fever hospital, 107 in the infirmary a good many of whom are suffering from fever of which we had 20 new cases during the week. We had 8 deaths since this
[321] day week. 2 of fever, 3 of dysentery, 2 of dropsy, 1 of small pox. The bread supplied to the house at present is of a very inferior description and sour.
                                            James Shannon. M.D.

In reference to the commissioners' letter of the 30th ult. respecting Miss Flanigan, the schoolmistress,
Resolved that our clerk do write to the commissioners and state that there is no doubt in the minds of the guardians of the proper qualification of Miss Flanigan from a proper examination before the board in reading, writing and arithmetic. The only subject, namely the want of some forms in conducting the school, can be remedied by the offer of the Commissioners of Education to give a place in August next at their training establishment in Dublin.
The clerk's office being overcrowded with books, papers,
Resolved that a few shelves be fixed therein.
Resolved that tenders be invited against this day fortnight from competent persons to build an oven and bake house according to plan and specification the contractor finding all materials.
[322] Resolved that in order to encourage the different collectors of this union to use every possible exertion in calling in the rates, that the sum of one shilling in the pound be continued as poundage for the amount of their present warrants.
- that the master does employ a smith to repair the locks and iron works of the house, instead of John Molony the contractor who has neglected his contract for doing same.

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