Ennistymon Union Minute Books

Book No. 4 

Meetings held from 11th February 1848 - 28th February 1848


Meeting held on the 11th day of February 1848.

The register book was signed from No. 5200 to No. 5210.
The outdoor relief register was signed from No. 4780 to No. 5796.

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

s

d
Received during the week

170

9

11
Paid during the week

57

0

0
Balance in favour of the guardians

40

17

7
Rates collected and lodged

234

14

11
Rates remaining

1562

12

8 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities received

89

4

0 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

62

12

3 1/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

6
Total expenditure in outdoor relief

287

8

0
Destitute cases relieved out of workhouse

5,433

Destitute persons, including applicant and family

13,599

Read Commissioners' letter of the 7th inst. requiring a return of the number of paupers relieved for 4 weeks ending 5th. February inst. both in and out of the workhouse.

Doctor's Report
There are 30 patients in the fever hospital and 58 in the infirmary. Diarrhea continues to increase in the house and I think it would be advisable to stop giving molasses at least to the children for sometime - say one month, as it is amongst this class bowel affections are most prevalent. The quantity of rice in the stirabout might be also increased with advantage of one part to 3 of meal.
We had 5 deaths since last report one of fever, one of cancrein and three of diarrhea.
                                                                James Shannon. M.D.

Read Commissioners' letter of the 9th inst. In reference thereto,
Resolved that our clerk do request the Commissioners to issue an order to relieve able bodied persons in this union for one month from the 16th inst.

Read tenders for Indian meal.
Resolved
- that we accept the tender of James Bannatyne and Son for yellow meal at 9-14-0 per ton.
- that we accept the tender of Thady Molony for 1 dozen spades with handles at 2/6 each, 1/2 dozen of pitch forks with handles at 1/- each.
- that a legislative enactment to enable boards of guardians to rent increased farms of land for the employment of the paupers in the workhouse would tend to the improved health and morals of the inmates and to the reduction of the poor rates now levied for their support and that we beg to call the attention of the Commissioners to the subject.

It appearing to the board that several persons engaged in the sea coast fishery are still, from the unfavourable state of the weather, in a state of destitution,
Resolved
- that the weekly stipend heretofore allowed to each of them in a state of destitution be continued.
- that Daniel Lysaght the master shoemaker be dismissed forthwith.
- that cheques be drawn in favour of Mr. Thomas Morony for 14-0-9 poundage in Miltown Malbay and Pat Flanigan for 20 in part payment of poundage for Ennistymon.

Mr. Calcut gives notice that he will on this day fortnight move that the poundage on all rates here after collected shall not exceed 9d in the pound.

Resolved that the increased and increasing number of applicants for out door relief renders it highly necessary for the protection of the rate payers and for the purpose of avoiding misrepresentation or imposition to apply the labour test to all except those who are from old age or infirmity unable to work and for that purpose that the following plan be strictly adhered to viz.
When the weekly relief shall amount to one shilling that the recipient or some male member of his family shall give one day's labour from 6 to 6 o'clock in each week and work diligently during said period on the nearest road or roads left unfinished by the Board of Works under the direction of a gangsman or steward to be appointed by this board.
That those receiving more than 1/- and under 2/- per week shall by himself or by a like substitute give 3 full days work in each week. And all persons receiving 2/- and upwards shall by himself or a substitute as aforesaid give 3 days work.
Resolved that this board do for that purpose appoint 2 or more well conducted men in each electoral division capable of writing and keeping accounts to superintend the persons so to be employed and to lay out work for them at a weekly salary not exceeding 6 shillings and that the several relieving officers be requested to furnish to said steward a list of the persons receiving relief with his or her residence and the weekly amount and the relieving officers be restrained from paying the weekly stipend unless the applicant produces the stewards' certificate, that the specific work has been given. And it is further resolved that the guardians for the several electoral divisions do from time to time visit the works and report to this board whether the steward has or has not performed his duty.

Resolved that the following persons be appointed stewards for the several electoral divisions for the purpose specified in the foregoing resolutions.

For Liscannor Anthony Considine, Clohanes.
  "             " John McDonald, Birchfield.
For Miltown Malbay, Augustine Hanrahan, Legard.
  "         "            " Anthy Hennessy, Miltown.
For Kilshanny Patrick Walsh, Black, Ballymacraven
For Ennistymon Michael Sexton, Ennistymon
  "           " ? Walsh, Ennistymon.
For Kilfenora ? Ganden, Kilfenora.
  "         " James Culliny, Kilfenora.
For Killilagh John Quealy, Drumhansna.
  "          " Tom O'Brien, Roadford.
For Corrofin Denis McNamara, Corofin
   "         " Martin O'Brien. Corofin.
For Rath Thomas Burke, Monreel.
  "     " John Guinnane, Corrofin.
For Carron Terence McMahon,Cappah.
"       " John Halloran, Fahy.
For Burren Tim Salmon, New Quay.
  "      " Thomas Scanlon, Finnavarra.
For Drumcreehy John Howard, Ballycornice.
  "           " John O'Brien, Wood.
For Rathborney Michael Byrne, Crough.
  "          " John Malone, Gregans.
For Killonahen Morgan O'Loughlin, Greyrock.
  "           " Thomas McInerney, Ballytigue.


Meeting held on the 18th day of February 1848.

The register book was signed from No. 3211 to No. 5219.
The outdoor relief register was signed from No. 5197 to No. 5659.

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

s

d
Received during the week

111

2

11
Paid during the week

135

8

10
Balance in favour of the guardians

16

11

8
Rates collected and lodged

111

2

11
Rates remaining

1451

9

9 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities received

49

14

2 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

49

7

7 1/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

6
Total expenditure in outdoor relief

299

6

0
Destitute cases relieved out of workhouse

  5,356

Destitute persons, including applicant and family 13,532

Read Commissioners' letters
- of the 15th inst. the subject of the non-transmission of the return of the collector's a/c's which was transmitted on the 12th inst.
- of the 16th inst. on the subject of the doctor's report, changing molasses in the childrens' dietary.
- of the 16th inst. accompanying the Commissioners' sealed order authorizing out door relief under section 2, to certain chapters which order was also read.

Resolved
- that Patt Maurice be appointed the 2nd steward in Kilshanny Electoral Division in pursuance of the resolution of the 11th inst.
- that the bread be advertised for.

Doctor's Report
There are 25 patients in fever hospital and 55 in infirmary. We had 4 deaths during the week two of diarrhea, one of chronic asthma and a child of cancrum oris. The children are looking badly. The matron reports they not using the Indian meal bread. I think they ought to get, at least those under 8 years, white flour bread instead.
                                                            James Shannon. M.D.

In reference to the resolution of the 11th inst. entered into with a view to applying the labour test to applicants for outdoor relief and of completing the unfinished work in the several electoral divisions.
Resolved that our clerk do respectfully represent to the Commissioners the difficulty of carrying out that plan for want of implements and suggest the fact that the tools used during the last year by the Board of Works are at present idle in their stores and that he do earnestly and respectfully request the Commissioners to procure an order from the secretary of the Board of Works to the county surveyor, to give such implements as may be necessary upon an undertaking to return the same when the works will be finished.

Read tenders for soap, salt, candles.

Resolved that we accept the tenders of Edward Comber for

Best Irish soap at 1-12-0
Best salt per cwt at 2-7-0
Best dipt candles per dozen 6-3-0
Best mould candles per dozen 7-3-0

Read tenders for meat.
Resolved
- that we accept Pat Lynch's tender for best mutton at 5d per lb. For best beef at 3 1/4d per lb.

In reference to the doctor's report.
Resolved
- that milk be the dietary of the children instead of molasses and white bread instead of Indian meal bread to children under 6 and that an ounce of rice additional be given in place of an ounce of Indian meal to this class.
- that 1 hide of sole leather, 1 hide of upper leather, 1 dozen of awl blades with handles, 1 dozen of sewing awls, 1 dozen of hairs, 3,000 pound tack, 1 lb of heel tacks, 1 lb of wax. 4 lb of hemp, 4 lb of closing hemp, 3 dozen of heel tips, 1 knife, 1 calfskin 1 qt of flour for paste, 1 sharpening stone be had from the contractor for mending shoes.
- that another fortnight be extended to the collectors for the payment of their balances.

Pat Mc Namara gives notice that he will move on this day fortnight to appoint a third steward in Killonahen Electoral Division.

Resolved that in addition to the resolution of this day respecting the procuring of implements from the Board of Works that our clerk do write also to Mr Lloyd, the Poor Law Inspector, requesting his influence in procuring the necessary tools to put ablebodied paupers to work and to furnish him with the number of each description of the tools required.
In accordance with the above resolution the clerk did furnish Mr Lloyd with a list of implements which he got from the several relieving officers and which list Mr Lloyd returned with the following observation.

            The Inspector returns the list of implements as herewith set forth. The number appearing to him much greater than                the districts need, he requests the clerk will have the list revised.
                            Ennistymon, 19th February 1848. Owen Lloyd.

Read Commissioners' letters
- of the 16th inst. accompanying a letter which they received from Marcus Patterson.
- of the 15th Feb inst. accompanying forms of return of the number of cases and persons relieved out of the workhouse since the commencement to the 12th Feb. inst.
- of the 15th inst. in reference to cases arising under section 10 of the Irish Poor Relief Extension Act and containing the opinion of council on those cases.
- of the 17th inst. accompanying a list of balances left in the hands of treasurer of Relief Committees.


Meeting held on the 25th day of February 1848

The register book was signed from No. 5220 to No. 5232.
The out door relief register was signed form No. 5660 to No. 5817.

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

s

d
Received during the week

163

3

9
Paid during the week

44

0

9
Balance in favour of the guardians

135

14

8
Rates collected and lodged

163

3

9
Rates remaining

1288

6

0 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities received

37

17

8
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

48

3

1 1/2
General average cost of an inmate

1

6
Total expenditure in outdoor relief

305

13

2
Destitute cases relieved out of workhouse

5,359

Destitute persons, including applicant and family

13,486

Resolved
- that a cheque be drawn for 10-0-0 in favour of Pat Flanigan, rate collector, for poundage and a cheque for 8-10-8 due to the audit fund.
- that our clerk do write to Mr Bannatyne and ascertain from him whether he will supply and distribute Indian meal, to the different relief districts, for the price which he has contracted to supply this union workhouse and for the period of his contract, namely, 6 months, and if he refuses, to get 37 tons of meal to be brought by the several relieving officers from the workhouse to their district for distribution this week.
- that tenders be invited against this day fortnight from competent persons to raise the idiot wards, and make other alterations according to a plan and specifications of Mr Wilkinson to be seen at the workhouse.

Read Commissioners' Letters
- of the 18th inst. on the subject of payment of the audit fund instalment.
- of the 21st inst. on the subject of a discrepancy in the monthly return of the month's a/c of the funds of the union for the month of January last which was explained by the clerk.
- of the 23th inst. on the subject of making alterations in the idiot wards.

The following letter was ordered to be put on the minutes.

To the Ennistymon Board of Guardians.

Gentlemen
There is a little boy named Michael Rice of Lahinch aged about 4 years. He is an orphan, his father having died last year and his mother having expired on last Wednesday, who is now about to be buried without a coffin!! unless ye make some provision for such. The child in question is now at the workhouse gate expecting to be admitted. If not it will starve.
                                                            Rob. S. Constable

 
Ennistymon Union boardroom 28th February 1848.

Read the following letters before Mr Lloyd,P. L. Inspector in the absence of the board of guardians which is dissolved in pursuance of the Commissioners' sealed order which was also read by Mr Lloyd on Saturday last, and which accompanied their other sealed order suspending the election of guardians.

- Commissioners' letter of the 23rd inst. on the subject of the report of Mr Lloyd P. L. Inspector, his attendance at the board of guardians of the Ennistymon Union on the 18th inst. which letter was missent to Cahirciveen, redirected and received here on Sunday the 27th inst.
There was only one other letter of the same date directed to this union which letter accompanied a plan and specification.

- Commissioners' letter of the 25th inst. No.195 m/48 relative to the manner in which the return at the head of the new form of minutes has been filled up.

- Commissioners' letter of the 25th inst. No. 194 m/48 making enquiry whether the abstracts of the a/c's for the half year ending 29th September have been ready for audit.

- Commissioners' letter of the 25th inst. No. 186 m/48 respecting the publishing of lists of the persons receiving relief in and out of the workhouse.

In reference to letter 195.
Ordered that the clerk do attend to the Commissioners instructions as there in refered to.

In reference to letter 194.
Ordered, that the clerk do reply there to and explain.

In reference to letter 186.
Ordered that an order be made for 1,000 copies of the forms there in refered to.

3rd March '48.
The clerk read the Commissioners' sealed order appointing Owen Lloyd Esq. and Andrew Rorke of No. 89 Lower Dorsett Street in the city of Dublin Esq. paid officers for carrying into execution the provisions of the acts now in force for the relief of the destitute poor in Ireland.

3rd March '48.
The clerk read the Commissioners' circular of the monthly fund return bearing date 29th February 1848, accompanying form of the monthly return of the union funds.


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