Ennistymon Union Minute Books

Book No. 4 

Meetings held from 3rd March 1848 - 17th March 1848


Meeting held on Friday the 3rd day of March 1848.

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

s

d
Received during the week

230

10

4
Paid during the week

210

10

8
Balance in favour of the guardians

155

14

4
Rates collected and lodged

230

10

4
Rates remaining

1057

15

8 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities received

--

--

--
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

48

8

7 3/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

6
Total expenditure in outdoor relief

265

15

10

The clerk stated that he read the following letters before Mr. Lloyd P.L. Inspector in the absence of the board of guardians which was dissolved in persuance of the Commissioners' sealed order, which was also read by Mr. Lloyd, on Saturday last and which accompanied the other sealed order suspending the election of guardians.

1. Commissioners' letter of the 23rd ult. No. 8787/48 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 Caherciveen redirected and received here on Sunday the 27th ult.

There was only one other letter of the same date directed to this union and which letter accompanied a plan and specification.
2. Commissioners' letter of the 25th ult. 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.
3. Commissioners' letter of the 25th ult. No.194 m/48 making enquiry whether the abstracts of the a/c's for the half year ending 29th September last have been ready for audit.
4.Commissioners' letter of the 25th ult. No.186 m/48 respecting the publishing of lists of the persons receiving relief in and out of the workhouse.
5. Commissioners' letter of the 24th ult. No.191 m/48 recommendning whiskey as a stimulant for fever patients instead of wine.
6. The clerk read the Commissioners' sealed order appointing Owen Llyod Esq. and Andrew Rourke of No. 89 Lower Dorsett Steet 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.

The clerk read the Commissioners' circular bearing date 29th ult. accompanying forms of the monthly returns of the unions funds.

Doctor's Report
We have 33 in the fever hospital nearly all going on well.  We have 68 under treatment in the infirmary, principally chronic cases. We have 4 deaths within the last week. viz.
James Molony, 50, diarrhea after fever.
Biddy Hogan, 50, diarrhea after fever.
Stephen Doherty, 1 day, a birth in the house.
Peg Dillon, 60, natural decay.
                                                Charles Finucane. M. O.

The clerk read the Commissioners' sealed order appointing J. Cronin Esq. to be a paid officer in the Ennistymon Union, to carry into effect in conjunction with Owen Llyod and Andrew Rourke Esq. the provisions of the acts now in force for the relief of the destitute poor in Ireland.

Ellen Buidenell, has a pension - must be charged with the out relief given to her child (Martin Hynes). Ordered that the clerk be required to ascertain what fund she gets the pension from.

Read tender for wheels.

Resolved
- the Andrew Gardiner's tender be accepted for 12 linen spinning wheels at 8/- each and for 6 woollen spinning wheels at 6/- each.
- that the clerk do advertise against this day fortnight for a master shoemaker.
- that bread and groceries be advertised for against this day fortnight on the local paper and General Advertiser.

Ordered that ten sets of tins be supplied for the use of the relieving officers of the union, a set to consist 2 qts, 1 qt and 1 pint.

In reference to letter 195.
Ordered that the clerk do attend to the Commissioners' instruction as therein refered to.
In reference to letter 194.
Ordered that the clerk do reply thereto and explain.
In reference to letter 186.
Ordered that order be made for 1000 copies of the forms therein refered to.

Ordered that turf, medicine and rice be advertised for.


Meeting held on Friday 10th day of March 1848.

The register book was signed from No. 5253 to No. 5261.

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

s

d
Received during the week

21

0

0
Paid during the week

60

0

0
Balance in favour of the guardians

116

15

4
Rates collected and lodged

21

0

0
Rates remaining

1036

14

8 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities received

32

9

4 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

55

8

5 3/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

8

1/2
Total expenditure in outdoor relief

--

--

--

The clerk's report read to the following effect
that he had ordered for groceries and a master shoemaker, medicines, turf and rice.

Read
- Commissioners' letter of the 2nd inst. requiring a return of the number of births in the workhouse and the total number of persons relieved in each of the 4 half years ending the 25th March 1848, which return is required immediately after the 25th of March inst.
- Commissioners' letter of the 1st inst. with reference to a certain form of admission and discharge book.
- Commissioners' letter of the 4th March inst. accompanying forms of returns to be made weekly of the number of cases and persons relieved out of the workhouse and the cost of such relief.
- Commissioners' sealed order bearing date of the 8th of March 1848 revoking the appointment of Mr. Lloyd and Mr. Cronin as paid officers and appointing James Copland of Galway in the county of the town of Galway, Esquire, to be a paid officer for carrying into execution in conjunction with Andrew Rourke the provisions of the acts now in force for the relief of the poor in Ireland.

Doctor's Report
We have this morning 35 patients in the fever hospital. 11 of them I have now discharged cured.  One new case of fever taken in today gives us 25 now in fever. We have a great many cases of diarrhea in the house.  To some of them I have been obliged to give meat.  Indeed most of those are children only a short time since taken in.    A man named Hogan aged 50 died of diarrhea after suffering fever since last report.
                                                        Charles Finucane. M.R.C.S.L.

Ordered that the relieving officers of Kilonahen, Kilfenora, Burren, Corrofin districts do attend at the workhouse on Thursday for the purpose of settling their accounts with the clerk.Ennistymon, Miltown, Kililagh and Liscannor Districts on Tuesdays for the same purposes.

Resolved
- that in conformity with the general regulations the collectors be ordered to attend on Thursday next and in future once on every fortnight, viz.
On every alternate Thursday being the day previous to the board day for the purpose of having their a/c's examined and compared by the clerk and that they submit the same to the vice guardians the following day.

Read Commissioners' letter of the 9th inst. accompanying forms of return of certain particulars required by the House of Commons.

The master reported that he required a variety of trifling articles such as brooms, brushes, lead, wine.
Ordered that the master do purchase those small articles and furnish the several bills.
The master having represented to the vice guardians that there were 63 infirm persons and others who came under the 1st section of the extension act it was ordered that a cheque be drawn in favour of the master for 3-8-3 in order to discharge that number to make room for able bodied applicants.

Ordered that our clerk do get from Mr. Thom the following books and stationary viz.
Eight outdoor relief lists, new form of admission and discharge book, one indoor relief list, 1 porter's book, 2 minute books printed and bound (same as copies of minutes sent to the Commissioners), 1 ream of best fools cap, 1 ream of best letter paper, 1 lb of best red wax, 500 envelopes to enclose minutes to the Poor Law Commissioners and for the purpose of the vice guardians, 1 gross of the best description of steelpens, 2 dozen of bonds for supplies.

Read tenders for flooring the stables for the purpose of converting them into a female schoolroom viz,

s

d
Pat Quinn's tender for

22

0

0
Pat O'Dwyer's tender for

20

0

0
Michael Herbert's tender for

20

10

10 1/2

Ordered, that Michael Herbert's tender be accepted at 20-10-10 1/2 he having engaged to have the work complete on the 18th inst. or forfeit the sum of 3.


Meeting held on Friday the 17th of March 1848.

The register book was signed from No. 5262 to No. 5276.

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

s

d
Received during the week

166

15

6
Paid during the week

--

--

--
Balance in favour of the guardians

283

10

10
Rates collected and lodged

166

15

6
Rates remaining

865

14

6 1/2
Cost of Provisions and necessities received

52

7

6
Cost of Provisions and necessities consumed

46

10

8 1/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

7

1/2
Total expenditure in outdoor relief

139

3

9 1/2
Destitute cases relieved out of workhouse 5,123
Destitute persons, including applicant and family 10,761

The clerk's report read to the following effect.
That the relieving officers and collectors have attended him for the examination of their several a/c's in compliance with the orders of the vice guardians.
The clerk laid before the vice guardians the Commissioners' sealed order prescribing a form for the allowance and making of rates by the said paid officers, and also certain forms of general warrant, to collect and levy poor rates and notice that a rate has been made.

Doctor's Report
I have to state for the information of the vice guardians, that it is the opinion of my colleague and myself that cleanliness in bathing, cutting and combing the hair, particularly on admission, and the changing the straw in the beds once a month would correct the evils complained of. Recommended that the entire house should be at once painted, and that all the clothes of those in the house be subject to close inspection, that such as will bear it be well washed, such as will not be at all events, steeped in boiling water.
I think that racks should be put up in each ward of the infirmary to hang up the clothes of those confined to bed.  We have 21 in the fever hospital and 79 in the infirmary.    We had 5 deaths, since last report Peg Molony aged 12 diarrhea, Peg Reidy aged 5 diarrhea, after fever, John Walsh aged 47 phthisis after fever, Pat Flanigan aged 40 from diarrhea, only admitted the day before, Mary O'Loughlin aged 5 diarrhea, admitted within the week.
                                                                                Charles Finucane. M.R.C.S.L.

Read
- tenders for groceries and the following articles as under.

Pat Keating, tender for tea 3/8, 4/0 and 4/6 per lb.
  "       "             "       " sugar 5/6, 5/9, 6/10 per st.
  "       "             "      " coffee 1/2, 1/4 per lb.
  "       "             "      " cocoa 6d per lb.
  "       "             "      " ground pepper 1/- per lb.
  "       "             "      " porter 2d per bottle
  "       "             "      " best port wine 2/6, 2/9 per bottle.
Pat O'Dwyer,   "    " sugar 5/10, 6/2, 6/6 per st.
  "       "             "     " tea 4/ per lb.
  "       "             "     " coffee 1/1 per lb.
  "       "             "     " cocoa 6/9 per st.
  "       "             "     " pepper 10d per lb.
  "       "             "     " port wine 2/4 per bottle.
  "       "             "     " porter 2d per bottle.
Denis Daly, tender for tea at 3/8 4/- 4/8 5/-
Bridget Molony, tender for bread at 8d per 4lb loaf.
Edward Comber,  "         "     "     "   7d   "     "    "
Thomas O'Neill,    "         "     "     "   7d   "     "    "
Thomas Stack,      "         "     "     "   7d   "     "    "
John McBeth, tender for rice at 19 per ton.
James Tyrell, tender for master shoemaker to the workhouse at 10 per annum.
Daniel Lysaght's,     "             "           "    "         "              " 15 per annum
John McGann's,     "             "           "    "         "              "    8 per annum.
Pat Molloy's,     "             "           "    "         "              "    5 per annum.

Ordered that we accept Pat Keating's tender for sugar at 5/9 per stone, for coffee at 1/4 per lb. and for pepper at 1/- per lb., for cocoa at 6d, for porter at 2d per pint bottles, for whiskey at 7/- per gallon.
Denis Daly's tender for tea at 4/- per lb.
Edward Comber's "" " bread at 7d per 4 lb loaf.
John McBeth's tender for rice at 19 per ton.

Resolved that John McGann's tender be accepted at 8 per annum.
Ordered that Messrs. Quin and Howley get a cheque for 1-13-10 for hanging bells and lining windows of board room with baize.
Ordered that the clerks do make a copy of the agreement between the vice guardians and Mrs. Barrett of Lahinch respecting the house at Lahinch for the purpose of transmitting the same to the Commissioners for administering the law for the relief of the poor in Ireland.


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