Ennistymon Union Minute Books

Book No. 4 

Meetings held from 7th January 1848 - 4th February 1848


Meeting held on the 7th. of January, 1848.

The register book was signed from No. 5113 to No. 5124.

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

s

d
Received during the week

38

19

9
Paid during the week

381

5

10
Balance in favour of the guardians

83

15

8
Rates collected and lodged

38

19

9
Rates remaining

3008

4

11 1/4
Cost of provisions and necessities received

42

9

10 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

57

8

9
General average cost of an inmate

1

9

Read Commissioners' letters
- of the 29th ult. on the subject of a house for a fever hospital at or near Miltown Malbay.
- of the 29th ult. on the subject of the conversion of the store and idiot wards into dormitories.
- of the 31st ult. referring to discrepancies in the monthly return of the union funds.
- of the 29th ult. on the subject of increasing the workhouse accommodation.
- of the 3rd inst. respecting Pat Flannigan poor rate collector.
- of the 3rd inst. referring to the collector John Mc Carthy and making enquiry what time it is likely the guardians would issue new warrants for the collection of the rate made the 1st October last.
- of the 3rd inst. with reference to Michael Quin collector of poor rate.
- of the 5th inst. on the subject of the resignation of Mr J. McGann. 

The board having taken memorial of Pat Fitzgibbon bearing date 17th Dec. into consideration,

Resolved that the charges therein contained are unfounded and that this board are of opinion that any communication from him is too contemptable to be noticed by the Poor Law Commissioners. The Commissioners should recollect his unfounded charges on former occasions and the great trouble he caused them and this board on the occasion of his being rejected as Poor Law guardian and that our clerk do return the answer of the Miltown district guardians and relieving officer contained in the copy of the memorial and the memorial itself.

In reference to the Commissioners' letter of the 29th ult.
Resolved that our clerk do respectfully state to the Commissioners that it is the opinion of this board considering the poverty of the union and the impossibility procuring or supporting more than the present establishment and having reference to the report made by our medical officer and transmitted to the Commissioners that unless they are at liberty to enlarge the house by the means already suggested for the admission of ablebodied paupers that the worst consequences are to be apprehended and further that our clerk do call the attention of the Commissioners to the alteration already made in the Ennis and Kilrush Workhouse by building sheds and otherwise and to express a hope that they will have liberty to afford relief by similar means.

Resolved that unless the several collectors do show cause on this day fortnight for not having the amounts of their warrants lodged with the treasurer that our law agent be directed to proceed against them.

Read Commissioners' letter of the 6th inst. on the subject of aged and infirm males and females etc. etc.

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

s

d
Anthony Considine, relieving officer Liscannor

30

0

0
John Herbert, 3 months salary

12

10

0
Fergus Curtin, relieving officer Rathborney

20

0

0
Fergus Curtin, 3 months salary

11

5

0
James Clancy, relieving officer Miltown Malbay

30

0

0
Matt Hehir, relieving officer Killilagh

30

0

0
Mick Hynes, relieving officer Burren

15

0

0
James Clancy, relieving officer Miltown Malbay

10

0

0
Mort Culliny, relieving officer Kilfenora

20

0

0

In reference to the commissioners' letter of the 3rd inst.
Resolved that the collectors do not get their warrants therein referred to until the balance of the rate in course of collection is first paid in.

Read letter of the 29th inst. on the subject of the refusal of relief to applicants on the grounds of them not belonging to the union.

Medical Report
We have 24 patients in the fever hospital and 29 in the infirmary. We have had three deaths since last report.

                                                                Charles Finucane M.R.C.S.L.

In reference to Mr McGann's resignation the guardians are of the opinion that it is unnecessary at this late period to have a new election in Carron.


Meeting held on the 14th. of January, 1848.

The register book was signed from No. 5125 to No. 5146.
The outdoor relief register was signed from No. 1 to No. 3501.

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

s

d
Received during the week

253

6

9
Paid during the week

220

0

0
Balance in favour of the guardians

117

2

5
Rates collected and lodged

253

6

9
Rates remaining

2754

18

2 1/4
Cost of provisions and necessities received

43

13

8
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

54

6

0 1/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

9
Total expenditure in outdoor relief

211

5

11
Destitute cases relieved out of workhouse

4,194

Destitute persons, including applicant and family

10,384

Resolved that the master get a cheque for 7-18-7, balance of meal and another for 20-0-0 to buy meal.

Read Commissioners' letters
- of the 13th inst. on the subject of additional accommodation, out relief etc.
- of the 10th inst. respecting an admission and discharge book with certain headings required by the master.
- of the 12th inst. accompanying a memorial from Thady Fitzgerald of Kilfenora, a cooper, which memorial was also read.

Medical Report
We have 27 patients in the fever hospital all going on well. We have 33 patients in the infirmary. We had 3 deaths since last report.
                                                            Charles Finucane M.O.

Resolved that Mr. Fergus Curtin, relieving officer, do pay his outdoor relief in Kilonahen Division at Fermoyle immediately after 13th February next.

I hereby give notice that I will on this day fortnight move the board to appoint an assistant to the clerk on account of his increased duties in consequence of the out relief.
                                                                    John O'Dwyer.

The Chairman's notice of action respecting the trades people is adjourned to this day week.

Resolved that this meeting do adjourn to Tuesday next at 10 o'clock.


Meeting held on Friday the 21st day of January 1848.

The register book was signed from No. 5147 to No. 5164.
The outdoor relief register was signed from No. 3502 to No. 3721.

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

s

d
Received during the week

198

16

2
Paid during the week

251

8

7
Balance in favour of the guardians

64

0

0
Rates collected and lodged

356

18

11
Rates remaining

2398

19

3 1/4
Cost of provisions and necessities received

57

16

1 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

52

2

1 3/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

9
Total expenditure in outdoor relief

214

12

2
Destitute cases relieved out of workhouse

4948

Destitute persons, including applicant and family

11,494

Read
- Commissioner' circular of the 18th inst. on the subject of reserving the workhouse accommodation for the ablebodied persons.
- Copy of a letter containing the resolution entered into at a meeting of the Killarney board of guardians held on the 27th Dec. '47 and headed "state of Killarney Union".
- Commissioners' letter of the 19th inst. accompanying a plan and specifications respecting temporary buildings.

Resolved that no business other than that relating to the relieving officers' books and accounts be entered into at any adjourned meeting of the board.

I give notice that I will on this day fortnight move that the resolution of the 14th inst with reference to an office in the Killonahen District be rescinded.
                                                                January 22 1848
                                                                        Michael O'Brien.

Resolved that a cheque be drawn in favour of Ellen Sexton nurse tender for 2-0-0 for 3 months salary to 25 December last and a cheque to Frank Egan for carrige of treasurer's book to same time for 2-0-0

In reference to the clerk's report,
Resolved
that unless the several collectors do pay in their several balances on this day week that our clerk do hand over their several bonds to the law-agent without further notice, with directions to sue themselves and their respective sureties forthwith unless sufficent cause can be shown to the contrary.

The clerk having read the Commissioner's letter of the 14th inst. and the memorial of Patk. Fitzgibbon therein referred to,
Resolved that our clerk do respectfully state in reply that the reading of said memorial occupied more time than the board could spare for that idle and useless purpose and to express their conviction, that the several statements therein contained are merely calumnable but in truth and in fact unfounded. And further that he do submit for the consideration of the Commissioners that letters and memorials emanating from persons of his character and condition in life is waste of time and trouble.

Medical Report
We have 28 patients in the fever hospital and 36 in the infirmary. We have a good many cases of influenza in the house. We had 4 deaths since last report.
                                                        Charles Finucane M.O.

It appearing by the master's report that the pauper men and women were without milk for breakfast on the 4th inst.
Resolved that unless the milk be delivered at 8 o'clock every morning in such quantities as will be required by the master, that the contractor's bond be put in suit without further notice and that a copy of the resolution be given to the contractor.
In reference to the master's report
Resolved that our clerk do intimate to the schoolmaster and to the several master tradesmen that if a similar report shall be hereafter made, this board is determined to take measures to have them dismissed and further that it is the opinion of this board that the conduct of those who left without leave and neglect of their duty is highly reprehensible.

Resolved
- that the shoemaker's salary be reduced to 8 a year and that it is the opinion of this board that the several master tradesmen and dressmaker, except the baker, be continued during good behaviour or until further orders.
- that tenders be invited for 12 wheel barrows and 6 hand barrows to be constructed according to a plan to be shown by the master.
- that the 12 wheel barrows and 6 hand barrows in the house since the commencement be condemned as useless.
- that any person quitting the workhouse without cause will not be entitled to outdoor relief.


Meeting held on the 28th day of January 1848.

The register book was signed from No. 5765 to No. 5774.
The outdoor relief register was signed from No. 3722 to No. 3903.

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

s

d
Received during the week

637

16

6
Paid during the week

224

0

0
Balance in favour of the guardians

477

16

6
Rates collected and lodged

362

11

2
Rates remaining

1910

14

6 3/4
Cost of provisions and necessities received

42

15

6 3/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

53

2

7 1/2
General average cost of an inmate

1

9
Total expenditure in outdoor relief

280

15

3
Destitute cases relieved out of workhouse

5053

Destitute persons, including applicant and family

12,728

Resolved that in as much as the fishing season has commenced the outdoor relief heretofore given to persons engaged in that trade be forthwith suspended by the several relieving officers.

Read Commissioners' letter of the 22nd inst. on the subject of the irregular transmission of the weekly abstracts of the collector's receipts and lodgements.
In reference thereto,

Resolved that to meet their views on that subject that the several collectors of the union (not withstanding the pressure of the collection) do attend the clerk on every second Monday for the settlement of their a/c's on pain of dismissal and it is further resolved that the several relieving officers of the union do attend the clerk for the settlement and authentication of their books and a/c's on every Thursday on pain of dismissal.
Read Commissioners' letter of the 24th inst. accompanying an extract from a constabulary report of the death of Mary Gleeson which was also read.

Resolved that our clerk do inform the Commissioners in reply thereto that Mary Gleeson and her daughter therein named got relief in the Burren district from the relieving officer and that he, considering them in fever, had them transmitted by car to the County Fever Hospital that he did not hear of them until a week had elapsed when he was informed that the mother was dead and the relieving officer thereupon continued to relieve the survivor.
Read Commissioners' letter of the 26th inst. on the subject of Thady Fitzgerald's memorial. In reference thereto,

Resolved that our clerk do inform the Commissioners that Thady Fitzgerald as therein referred to is receiving relief from the relieving officer for the last fortnight and that this board do not make any such condition in dispensing relief as is in that letter refered to.

Read letter from the Education Officer 26th inst. stating that no place remains unoccupied in the training establishment for the schoolmistress of this union at present.
Read Commissioners' letter of the 27th inst. in reference to the minutes of the 29th of November last and the report of the master to the committee appointed to enquire into the best means of providing additional workhouse accommodation. In reference thereto it is,
Resolved that our clerk do again respectfully submit for the consideration of the Commissioners the urgent necessity of enlarging the present workhouse and as such object can to a considerable extent be effected by allowing the idiot wards, which never have been used to be applied to the purpose, also by raising the walls of that part of the building so as to form sleeping apartments overhead and which may be accomplished at a trifling expense, as the present timber and slates will nearly answer.
And that he be directed to state to the Commissioners that there are no houses in the union that could be hired on reasonable terms calculated for additional workhouse accommodation and that if such could be procured that the expense of the necessary staff would be very considerable and more than the union could afford, and further that Mr. Herbert be directed to furnish a plan and specification of a nursery in the female yard for 30 infants and their nurses with a view of converting the present nursery into additional accommodation and further that our clerk do communicate the opinion of the Commissioners that for temporary dormitories stone buildings are, considering this wet climate and the great facility of obtaining the building material and workmanship, preferable to timber erections and which in the end prove cheaper besides giving more employment to the labouring classes more pressing for outdoor relief and that a plan be procured from Mr. Herbert for those buildings.

Resolved that tenders be invited against this day fortnight for best Indian meal per ton and that same be published by hand bills through the union and that our clerk do inform Mr. Bannatyne and Mr. Russell the principal dealers in that article of this advertisment.

Medical Report.
We have 24 patients in the fever hospital and 33 in the infirmary. We had 6 deaths since last report.
                                                                Charles Finucane. M.O.

Upon Mr. O'Dwyer's notice of motion for the appointment of an assistant clerk after giving the subject due consideration it was considered more advisable to increase the salary of the present clerk and let him procure the necessary assistance. It was thereupon moved that an addition of 20 a year be given to the clerk. Moved as an amendment an addition of only 10 be given.
The original motion was carried by majority of 9 to 4.

Resolved that the clerk do get an addition of 20 a year to his salary in consequence of his increased duties under the amended Poor Law Act.

I give notice that I will move on this day fortnight to dismiss the master shoemaker in consequence of his conduct before the board.
                                                                        January 28th, 1848.
                                                                        Thomas Stack.

Resolved that our clerk do advertise in the usual manner that the revising valuator has sent in his books and that they will remain in his office for the space of twenty one days for inspection of rate payers before they are sent to the Poor Law Commissioners for approval and signature.

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

s

d
Doctor Costelloe, necessaries for Miltown Malbay Temporary Fever Hospital chargeable to that division


92


0


0
James O'Brien, R.O. 3 months salary

11

5

0
Michael Hynes,   "      "     "          "

10

0

0
Anthony Considine,   "      "           "

10

0

0
Matt Hehir,                "      "         "

10

0

0
Pat Quealy, building shoemaker's workshop

28

0

0
Pat Quin, coffins

4

13

0
Master, sundries

15

3

2
Master for meal

5

15

11
Pat O'Dwyer, clothing

50

9

1
Mrs. Molony, bread

48

10

10
Master to buy meal

30

0

0

The baker's services being now dispensed with,
Resolved that he be forthwith dismissed.

Resolved that we accept the tender of John Blake of Moy for straw for 12 months at 1-1-0 per ton.


Meeting held on the 4th day of February 1848.

The register book was signed from No. 5098 to No. 5199.
The outdoor relief register was signed from No. 3904 to No. 4779.

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

s

d
Received during the week

29

10

4
Paid during the week

540

2

0
Balance in favour of the guardians

32

15

2
Rates collected and lodged

292

5

0
Rates remaining

1648

9

7
Cost of provisions and necessities received

48

2

8 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

53

2

7 1/2
General average cost of an inmate

1

6
Total expenditure in outdoor relief

281

14

4
Destitute cases relieved out of workhouse

5,311

Destitute persons, including applicant and family

13,321

Read
- Commissioners' letter of the 25th January last containing instructions for the coming election.
- Commissioners' sealed order for the ensuing election of guardians 27th January 1848.

Moved that Mr. Curtin's office for payment of out relief remains at Knocketain instead of been removed to Fermoyle and that the resolution of the 14th respecting that office be rescinded.
Resolved that Mr. Curtin continues to keep his office at Knocketain (carried unanimously).

Resolved that tenders be invited against this day fortnight for beef and mutton, for soap, salt, candles, bread for the sick and for officers.

Doctor's Report
We have 43 patients in the infirmary and 24 in fever hospital the greater number of whom are convalescent. Bowel affections are a good deal on the increase. We had 4 deaths during last week, 3 from diarrhea and 1 of influenza. I would recommend the board to get the best baker's bread for the patients in infirmary and fever hospital.
                                                            James Shannon. M.D.

Read petitions from Michael Conole, John Molony and John Roche of Kilonahen complaining of the distance they had to go for relief and praying that the office for payment should be made more convenient.
Resolved
- that 1 dozen spades and 6 dozen pitch forks be condemned and that one dozen spades with handles, 6 pitch forks be advertized for this day week.

It appearing from the master's statement and in reference to the Commissioners' regulation that all contracts where the amount may be expected to exceed 20 should be published in some newspaper circulating in the union,
Resolved that not withstanding any former resolution that all contracts where the amount shall exceed 20 shall be published in one number of the General Advertizer and in the Limerick and Clare Examiner.

Resolved
- that the plans furnished by Mr. Herbert be sent to the Commissioners for their approbation.
- that we accept the tender of Peter Blake for making barrows at the following prices viz.
wheel barrows each at 11-
hand barrows without boras each 4-
hand barrows with boras each 7-
- that cheques be drawn in favour of the following persons, viz.

s

d
Master for sundries per bill

4

14

4
Master for balance of meal

2

7

6
Master to buy meal

10

0

0
John Carrigg for tobacco

0

14

8
Pat Lyons, baker for 3 mths. salary to this day

3

0

0
Rutledge and Cahill, brushes

6

14

2

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