Ennistymon Union Minute Books

Book No. 4 

Meetings held from 29th October 1847 - 3rd December 1847


[43] Meeting held on the 29th of October 1847.

The register book was signed from No. 4894 to No. 4915
[44]
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

324

10

9
Balance in favour of the guardians

2

7

10
Rates collected and lodged

50

0

0
Rates remaining

6349

8

10 1/2
[45] Cost of provisions and necessities received

80

4

7
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

79

8

10
General average cost of an inmate

2

1

[46]
Read Commissioners' letter of the 26th inst. on the subject of the clerk's duties respecting collection.

Medical Report
The house is more healthy than for some considerable time past. We had no deaths from fever for the last fortnight at all in the house. During the week there are still some cases of fever and ophthalmia occuring amongst the children. We have 38 in fever hospital and 53 in infirmary.
                                                                                                    James Shannon. M.D.

Wanted for the male and female schools the following

150

First book of lessons

40

Second    "       "

24

Fourth     "        "

4

set of arithmetical tablet lessons.

8

set of spelling and reading

400

quills

200

small ruled slates

200

slate pencils.

12

English grammars

William McDonough, teacher.

[47]
Resolved
that Francis G. Fitzgerald, Wm. Fitzgerald, Marcus Patterson and W. Burton, Michael Organ, Peter J Owen, John O'Kelly be a committee of guardians for the Electoral Division of Corofin, said Division being more than 6 miles from the workhouse for the purpose of revising application for relief and revising the books of the relieving officer.

In reference to the medical officer's report,
Resolved
- that our clerk do write to the Dublin Vaccine Institution stating the wish of this board to become subscribers for the supply of lymph to this workhouse.
- that the census furnished by the several relieving officers persuant to the resolution of the board on the 22nd inst. is incorrect in all cases where they have taken down names of persons holding land over 1/4 of an acre statute measure as the Act 10 Vic Cap 10 excludes such persons from relief in or out of the workhouse and further that our clerk do send a copy of this resolution to every relieving officer in this union.
[48]
- that the board consider it to be their duty to procure funds by all possible means to afford relief to such persons as may be represented in a state of destitution and that they consider the collection of the rate the most legitimate and that our clerk do intimate to the several collectors that unless the balance uncollected by each be lodged with the treasurer within a month that their several bonds will be put in suit without further notice.
- that tenders be received on this day week from different persons for supplying the workhouse with wheat and barley for 6 months and that each tender be accompanied with samples of the description to be supplied.
- that the following changes be made in the dietary, that is 6oz of Indian meal and 1oz of rice for adults.
Children above 6 under 15, 5 oz of meal and 1 oz rice. Children above 2 under 6, 2 ozs of meal and 1 oz of rice.
- that the transmission of fever patients from the house to the County Fever Hospital be committed to 3 days in the week. That is to say Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
[49] - that a committee of the guardians be sanctioned in every electoral division of the union agreeably to the Act 10 Vict Cap 31 Sect. 6.

[50]
Meeting held on 5th November 1847.

The register book was signed from No. 4894 to No. 4915.
[51] [Pagination stops here]

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

   

s

d
Received during the week

423

5

1
Paid during the week

163

2

1
Balance in favour of the guardians

262

10

10
Rates collected and lodged

423

5

1
Rates remaining

5926

3

9
Cost of provisions and necessities received

80

4

7
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

79

8

10
General average cost of an inmate

--

-- --

Read
- Commissioners' letter of the 30th ult. accompanying forms of the liabilities of the union on 31st Oct.
- Commissioners' letter of the 28th ult. accompanying a copy of a memorial against Mr. Michael Hynes as relieving officer.
- Commissioners' letter of the 3rd inst. on the subject of the mill and bathroom.
- Commissioners' letter of 3rd inst. accompanying a communication received from the Under Secretary relative to the desertion and death of Mary Brennan.
- Commissioners' circular of 28th ult. accompanying copies of the general order and circulars to be forwarded to the collectors with rate rent abstract books.
- Malachy Hynes' tender for bread accepted at 2d per pound for the use of the fever hospital at Miltown until the 14th of April 1848.

Medical Report
We have 32 patients in the fever hospital and 88 in the infirmary. We had one death since last report.
                                                                            Charles Finucane. M.D.

Resolved that in reply to the Commissioners' letter thatthe charges prefered by Mr. Davoran against Mr. Hynes, R.O. are unfounded and that the conduct of Mr. Davoran is highly reprehensible.

Read letter of the 3rd inst. in reply to the Commissioners' letter that we were not previously aware of any application on behalf of Mary Brennan for admission to the workhouse and if any application had been made the master would have been obliged to reject same, as the house contained 650 being it's full compliment.

Resolved

- that the time for receiving tenders for barley and wheat be extended to this day fortnight and that advertisements calling for further tenders against that day be published and that a cheque for 13 be drawn in favour of the master to purchase whole meal during the interim to be used in equal proportions in bread with Indian meal.
- to appoint a committee to investigate the cause of the increase of expence for the support of the paupers and the best means of reducing the weekly expence.
- that the daughter of the nursetender be admitted as a pauper on the first vacancy.
- that any officer who leaves the house without the leave of the master shall be dismissed.
- we consider the work executed by the shoemakers over the last 12 months inadequate and a loss of 26.12. 1 1/2 has been sustained and he will be dismissed unless ample reparition be made in future.
- that bread be composed of equal parts of Indian Meal and wholemeal.
- that the collectors do settle their a/c's once in every fortnight with the clerk, but that they must make weekly lodgements with the treasurer.


Meeting held on 12th November 1847.

The register book was signed from No. 4915 to No. 4950.

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

   

s

d
Received during the week

385

9

9
Paid during the week

307

1

10
Balance in favour of the guardians

340

18

9
Rates collected and lodged

385

9

9
Rates remaining

5490

13

11 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities received

37

14

2 3/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

47

4

5
General average cost of an inmate

2

1

Read Commissioners' letters
- referring to the resolution of the 29th ult. calling on the collectors to pay up their balances within one month.
- forming a committee in Corofin District to assist the relieving officers there.
- calling for the union liabilities on 31st inst.
- on payment of the auditor.
- on the committee for Corofin stating that an order would be issued for sanctioning same.
- relative to the case of Mary Brennan and enquiring whether guardians intend to procure additional workhouse accommodation.
- accompanying a communication received from Patrick B. O'Cavanagh.

Resolved
- that placing the handmill in the male bathroom will give no inconveniences to the accommodation of persons seeking admission.
- that the Kilonahen District being upwards of 6 miles from the workhouse that the following guardians be appointed to assist the relieving officer in forming his lists of persons fit for relief viz.
George McNamara, Pat McNamara, Mr. Skerrit, Mr. Henry McDonough, Michael O'Brien.
- that likewise for the Burren District viz. Mr Skerrit, Mr John Kerin and Mr John Mc Gann.

Medical Report
We have 30 patients in the fever hospital and 50 in the infirmary.We had 2 deaths since last report, Norry Hogan one year and a quarter old, and Peg Tobin a quarter of a year old of diarrhea.

                                                                                    Charles Finucane M.D.

Resolved
- that the shoemaker be supplied with a hide of sole leather, 1 piece of upper leather, 3 lbs of lining leather, 3 lbs of leather and heel stuff, 1oz of haires, 3 lbs of heel tack, 1,000 tip nails.
- that cheques be drawn in favour of the following persons for the following sums viz.

John Donoghue, building boundary wall, 2- 0-0
Mrs Mary Moran for milk, 319-18-5 1/4.

The master shoemaker having put in a written statement in consequences of the communication made to him agreeably to our resolution of the 5th inst. in which he denies that a loss of 26-12-1 1/2 was sustained through his means,
Resolved that the said master shoemaker be directed to produce at our next meeting in debit and credit a/c and that the matter be then discussed.
In as much as bread made of Indian meal and wheaten meal mixed has not answered our expectations,
Resolved that bread in future be made of each and also from barley meal when it can be procured.
- that the baker be supplied with the same rations as the shoemaker and tailor.
- that the following cheques be drawn in favour of the following persons viz.

   

s

d
Master for bread, malt, hops

0

19

6
Master for school books

9

1

0
James Stack, conveying paupers to burial ground

1

6

0
John Reidy, conveying paupers to fever hospital

2

2

0



Meeting held on the 19th of November 1847.

The register book was signed from No. 4951 to No. 4964.

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

   

s

d
Received during the week

402

14

5
Paid during the week

354

2

1
Balance in favour of the guardians

389

11

1
Rates collected and lodged

402

14

5
Rates remaining

5087

19

6 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities received

26

7

11 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

31

14

3 1/2
General average cost of an inmate 2

1

Resolved
- that outdoor relief be commenced this week in Miltown District and that a cheque for 40 be drawn in favour of the relieving officers there to dispense relief to those authorised by the chairman.
- that cheques be drawn in favour of the following persons for the following sums viz.

  

s

d
Thomas O'Neill for rice and meal

35

12

3
Thos Russell, carriage of parcels

4

12

6

Medical Report
We have 32 patients in the fever hospital and 88 in the infirmary. We had 2 deaths since last report. I require the under mentioned medicines for the surgery.
                                                        Charles Finucane. M.O.

Resolved
- that the medicine required by the medical officer be had from Mr O' Dwyer, contractor.
- that the master get a cheque for 12-5-0 due to him for meal and a cheque for 5-0-0 to purchase a quern to grind corn.
The shoemaker having furnished his debit and credit a/c
Resolved
- that same be referred to a committee who will meet on Friday next at 9 o'clock.
- that tenders be invited against this day fortnight for wheat, barley and Indian corn.
- that our clerk do write to the Commissioners' architect for a plan and specification for a kiln to dry corn.

With a view to having the outdoor relief under 1st section of the 10 Vict Cap. 31 carried into effect,
- that this board do adjourn until Monday 22nd inst.
- that tenders be invited against this day week for coffins and leather.


Adjourned meeting held at the boardroom on Monday the 22nd of November 1847.

It appearing to this board that by reason of the workhouse being full that several persons holding less than 1/4 of an acre of land in several electoral divisions of the union, who are considered ablebodied, are in a state of utter destitution for want of food or employment,
Resolved that the Commissioners for administering the laws for the relief of the destitute poor in Ireland, be requested to issue an order, under the 2nd sect. of 10 Vict. Cap 31, authorising the guardians to afford outdoor relief to such destitute persons.

Resolved
that the following cheque be drawn in favour of the following persons, viz.

Anthony Considine, relieving officer for Liscannor District to give outdoor relief 20.0.0
Francy Walsh, relieving officer for Ennistymon district to give outdoor relief 40.0.0
Resolved that this meeting do adjourn to Tuesday 23rd Nov. 1847 for the purpose of the outdoor relief.


Meeting held on the 26th of November 1847.

Mr. Hancock P.L. Commissioner was in attendance.
The register book was signed from No. 4965 to No. 4987.

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

   

s

d
Received during the week

193

12

9
Paid during the week

136

2

3
Balance in favour of the guardians

447

1

7
Rates collected and lodged

193

12

9
Rates remaining

4894

6

9 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities received

74

7

9
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

79

18

3 3/4
General average cost of an inmate

2

1

Resolved
That the following guardians be appointed to a committee to meet on Monday to examine into the care of each individual now in the workhouse who is entitled to receive outdoor relief and make such arrangements as may be necessary for placing them on the relieving officers' books and considering the cases portions of families now in the workhouse.

- that the committee be requested to examine into the possibility of taking a house to be used as a fever hospital and also the taking of a house for the purpose of receiving all the children from the workhouse.

- That it is necessary to form committees in the following districts namely Kilonahen and Burren to assist the relieving officers in revising lists. Kilonahen District consisting of the electoral division of Kilonahen, Drumcreehy and Rathborney, all of which are more than 6 miles from the workhouse. Burren District consisting of Burren and Carron Electoral Divisions both of which are more than 6 miles from the workhouse and that the Commisioners be requested to sanction those committees.

In reference to the copy of a letter dated at Ballyvaughan 27 October 1847,
Resolved that Mr O'Brien, Mr Moroney, Mr Kenny, Mr Owen, Mr Considine, Mr O'Gorman be a Committee to enquire into the circumstances of said letter.

Medical Report
We have 30 patients in the fever hospital and 91 in the infirmary. We have one death, a child named Michael Quealy since last report.
                                                                                                            Charles Finucane.
                                                                                                            M.R.C.S.L.

Resolved
that this meeting do adjourn until tomorrow at 10 o'clock in the morning.


Adjourned meeting held on 27th. of November 1847.

Thomas Stack gives notice that, unless the revising valuator has the revision complete on the 10th of December next, he will move the board that proceedings be instituted against the revisor and his sureties.  And he further gives notice that he will move the board on the 3rd day of December next that the contractor for building the shoemaker's workshop be proceeded against if the same be not finished before that day.

Read tenders for leather, shoemaker's findings and coffins.

Resolved
- that we accept John Carmody's tender for leather and shoemaker's findings.
- that we accept Pat Quinn's tender for coffins at 6/- each for adults, at 3/- for coffins for persons from 6 to 15 years old, and 2/- each for persons under 6 yrs.
- that cheques be drawn up for the following sums in favour of the following persons viz.

  

s

d
Harrison Lee for stoves

26

19

10 1/2
Master, balance due for meal

1

4

10
Pat O'Dwyer, 6 1/4 ton of Indian meal @ 12/16

80

0

0
Fergus Curtain, R. O. for out relief

20

0

0
Pat Quinn for coffins

1

2

0
Pat Quinn for fixutres in bread store

1

0

0
Master, to purchase flour

40

0

0
Master for lime brooms etc.

18

0
Michael Roughan, soap, salt, candles

30

0

0
Mrs. McDonough for postage

  3

7

4
Mr. Molony for bread in part payment

200

0

0
John S. O'Brien, last March rent of w.house

10

10

0

Resolved that this meeting do adjourn to Sunday next at 10 o'clock in the morning.


Adjourned meeting held on 29th November 1847.

In reference to the master's report the committee appointed on the 26th inst. having duly examined the different appartments pointed out by the master, do consider that the master's report and the alteration therein contained be adopted which they consider would be a saving against accommodation.

Resolved
- That Mr. Mort Culliny, relieving officer, gets a cheque for 40.0.0 for out relief in Kilfenora.
- That our clerk do communicate this our opinion to the Commissioner and transmit the master's and doctor's report with the minutes of the day and to request their answer by return of post.
- That tenders be invited for clothing material of every kind for the paupers for 12 months and for straw for the same time.
- That all relieving officers be invited to attend on Thursday next to give effect to the discharge of portions of families and parties entitled to outdoor relief under sect 1.
- That the master and medical officer do proceed to Corrofin tomorrow to report on the propriety of taking additional workhouse accomodation in that locality.

The clerk laid before the board an order from the Commissioners of the Central Board of Health requiring the guardians to erect a fever hospital at Miltown Malbay for the purpose of accommodating patients from the Kilrush Union at the expense of this union.

Resolved that said order be rejected in as much as it is illegal and inconsistent.

Resolved that this meeting is adjourned until tomorrow at 10 o'clock in the morning


Meeting held on the 3rd day of December 1847.

The register book was signed from No. 4979 to No. 4991.

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

   

s

d
Received during the week

576

0

0
Paid during the week

481

18

5
Balance in favour of the guardians

541

3

2
Rates collected and lodged

576

0

0
Rates remaining

4224

15

10 3/4
Cost of provisions and necessities received

74

18

8 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

78

16

1
General average cost of an inmate

1

9

Read
- Commissioners' letter of the 16th ult. accompanying 9 copies of the general order of the 2nd August last to be distributed among the relieving officers.
- Commissioners' letter of the 29th ult. requiring the name of the union treasurer.

Resolved that in as much as accommodation cannot be procured in the neighbourhood of the workhouse for the entire destitute poor we contract with competent persons for the constructing those parts of the workhouse recommended to us by the master.

Read
- letter from the clerk of the Limerick Union forward to this board by Mr. Hancock, A.P.L.C. on the subject of the economy of employing the women in baking bread upon hot plates for the use of the inmates.
- Commissioners' letter of the 2nd. inst. on the subject of the formation of districts under Sect. 6 of the Irish Poor Relief Extension Act.
- Commissioners' letter of the 1st Inst. on the subject of a Communication which they received from the Central Board of Health on the subject of additional temporary hospital accommodation at Miltown.

Where as much inconvenience and confusion have arisen in the several electoral divisions from applicants for out relief resorting to the residence of individual guardians and making representations in the absence of the relieving officers,

Resolved that it shall be henceforth considered highly injudicious for any guardian to countenance such application out of the boardroom and highly improper of applicants to crowd about the habitation of guardians on such pretence and that it should be made known to them by publication of this resolution that applications for relief should be made to the relieving officers and further that our clerk do get this resolution printed and posted in the several electoral divisions. 

Whereas it appears that several persons reported to be ablebodied are at present without land or food or employment and who, tho they might heretofore have been considered able bodied, are not so at present and in danger of death from starvation,
Resolved that this board do in future grant relief to persons so circumstanced until they can be relieved in the workhouse. 

Read
- Commissioners' letter of the 2nd inst. accompanying the observatons of their architect on the subject of a corn kiln for the workhouse.
- Commissioners' letter of the 2nd inst. on the subject of an application to them from this board to give an order under the 2nd sect of the 10 Vict Cap 31.
- Commissioners' circular of 2nd Nov accompanying forms of the monthly returns of the union liabilities on the 30th ult.

Resolved
- that we accept the tender of Michael Smith for conveying patients to Ennis Fever Hospital at 3 shilling each journey, that he is employed for 3 months.
- that cheques be drawn in favour of the following persons for the following sums

s

d
Patt Lynch for meat

10

10

10
Fergus Curtin, R.O. for out relief in Drumcreehy

20

0

0
       "       "          "     "   "       "    " Rathborney

20

0

0
Matt Hehir,          "     "   "       "    " Kililagh

40

0

0
  "          "            "     "   "       "     " Kilshanny

40

0

0
James O'Brien,   "      "   "      "    " Corrofin

40

0

0
     "         "         "      "   "      "     " Rath

40

0

0
James Clanchy, "       "   "      "    " Milltown

40

0

0
Anthony Considine,    "      "      "     " Liscannor

40

0

0
Michael Hynes, "        "      "       "     " Burren

20

0

0
      "           "        "      "        "      "       " Carron

20

0

0
John Reidy for conveying paupers to hospital

1

12

0

Medical Report
There are 29 patients in the fever hopital and 87 in the infirmary. We have no deaths since last report. I visited the castle at Ballyportrey at the request of the board to see if it could be converted to the use of the children in this house. I think it every way inconvenient and unfit for such purpose and that to make it at all habitable would require an outlay of 200.
                                                                            Charles Finucane M.O.


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