Ennistymon Union Minute Books

Book No. 5 

Meetings held from 24th March 1848 - 21st April 1848


Meeting held on 24th March 1848
[1]
State of the workhouse for week ending 18th March 1848.
No. of inmates for which accommodation is provided --

Admitted during the week

92

Discharged during the week

65

Died

6

Remaining on above date

671

Destitute persons, including applicant and family

10,106

Destitute cases relieved out of workhouse

5178

[2]
The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that there had been

   

s

 d

Received during the week

84

8

8
Paid during the week

--

--

--
Balance in favour of the guardians

367

19

6
Rates collected and lodged

82

0

0
Rates remaining

783

14

6 1/2
[3] Cost of provisions and necessities received

45

6

0 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

49

11

9 3/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

7 1/2
Total expenditure in outdoor relief

286

19

7 1/2

 The register book was signed from No. 5277 to No. 5368
[4]

Establishment account

   

s

d
Wiliam Lawler for tins and iron-works

6

0

0
Thady Malony, smith, spades

2

0

0

Medical Report
We have 26 patients in the fever hospital.  In the infirmary and infirm wards we have 85. Of these a great number are cases of diarrhea.  I do not think Indian meal for breakfast and dinner is doing well.  I would think it prudent to let them have whole meal or flour baked for the dinner instead of Indian meal, the stirabout of Indian meal as before in the mornings.  I hope by this means the diarrhea may be checked, and I do not think there will be any loss.  I beleive it will effect a saving.  I think our dietary may be altered and that diet No.6 should be 3 pints of barley water and 1 pint of milk. The barley water may be sweetened with liquorice root or sugar. We had 3 deaths since last report, Pat Doherty, aged 8, Mick Tuthill aged 10, and Ellen Mc Inerney, a child aged 5 years, all of diarrhea.
                                        Charles Finucane. M.D.

[6]
Read
commissioners' letter
- of the 18th inst. requiring a certain return of the numbers of persons to whom out door relief was given for each of the 4 weeks ended 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th inst respectively.
- of the 21st inst. requiring to be supplied with a return of the number of able bodied male adults receiving relief in and out of the workhouse on the 4th Dec 1847, 1st Jan., 5th Feb and 4th March 1848. Also the dates of every order that has been received to authorize the grant of out door relief specifying the cases, if any, in which out door relief was given in money.
- of the 22nd inst. requiring a return of the electoral divisions, if any, which comprise the property of a single individual or of 2 proprietors only.
[7]
- of the 22nd inst. with respect to the observations of Doctor Collins, resident of the College of Physiciary, on the prevention of contagious diseases.
In reference to the medical officers' report, ordered that the change in dietary prescribed by him be adopted. 

The schoolmaster and schoolmistress having tendered their resignations,
Resolved that they be accepted.

Ordered that the clerk do advertise for tenders from competent persons to fill the situation of schoolmaster and schoolmistress.

Resolved that the rates made by the board of guardians of this union, on the first day of October 1847, be quashed in as much as they are illegal, the amount of arrears then due not having been inserted in the rate books nor included in the warrants.

Resolved that the following rates be struck on the different electoral divisions in this union viz. 

[8]

Burren 5/10 per pound.
Carron 3/4  "
Corrofin 3/9  per pound
Drumcreehy 5/5 "
Ennistymon 4/2 "
Kililagh 5/-  "    "
Kilfenora 4/2  "    "
Kilonahen 4/7 "
Liscannor 5/5  "    "
Miltown 5/10 "    "
Rath 2/11
Kilshanny 5/-  "    "
Rathborney 2/11 "    "


Meeting held on 31st March 1848 

[1]
State of the workhouse for week ending 25th March 1848.
No. of inmates for which accommodation is provided 700 [WH 600; Aux.WHS 70; Permanent Fever Hospital 30]

Admitted during the week

42

Discharged during the week

19

Died

4

Remaining on above date

690

Destitute cases relieved out of workhouse

4753

Destitute persons, including applicant and family

11694

[2]
The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that the

   

s

d

Balance in favour of the guardians was

32

18

6
Rates collected and lodged

--

--

--
Rates remaining

783

14

1 1/2
[3] Cost of provisions and necessities received

59

19

3 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

49

0

5
General average cost of an inmate

1

7 1/2

The register book was signed from No. 5369 to No. 5410

[4]

Establishment Account

  

s

  d

James D. Lysaght, printing

2

12

4
Daniel Lysaght, shoemaker, salary

1

18

0
Schoolmaster, salary to 25th Mch.

3

15

0
Mich. Herbert, flooring schoolroom and
shelving store room.


20


10


10
Out-door Relief Invoice Account
Master for out door relief

2

14

9

[5]
Medical Report.
We have 22 patients in the fever hospital and in the infirmary and infirm wards 88 labouring under chronic and cutaneous diseases and diarrhea. There are 4 nursetenders in the infirimary and 3 in the fever hospital all from the house. Some time since the extra diet allowed to them was stopped. I think it would be prudent to restore it to them as they have a great deal to do. It will help to enable them to resist disease, it will give them an interest in doing their duty, and it will give me a greater check over them.
We had 3 deaths since last report. Joney Mc Namara aged 7 of diarrhea after fever, Margaret Doherty of decline, aged 10 and an old man Tim O 'Connors, only one day in the house, of diarrhea.
                                        Charles Finucane M.D. 

Ordered that the clerk do put forward the following advertisement in the Clare Journal. 

                                                                                            Ennistymon Union.
The vice guardians will receive proposals after 12 o'clock at noon on Thursday 13th of April for making certain alterations and repairs in the school house at Lahinch according to specifications to be seen at the workhouse.  

[6]
Read
- Order bearing date 27th of March 1848, dismissing Francis Walsh as unfit for the office of relieving officer.
- Order that the clerk do advertize for a relieving officer to supply the vacancy in the Ennistymon District.
- commissioners' letter of the 29th ult. on the subject of the liabilities of the union.
- commissioners' letter of the 29th ult. on the subject of the progress of the collection of rates.

Ordered that an order be made and given to the shoemaker of the house for 1 hide of sole leather, 1 calf skin, 2 1b heel tacks, 2,000 pavers, 1 lb wax, 1 hammer, 1 dozen sewing divls, 1/2 gallons neatsfoot oil, 2,000 tacks, and that the master gets an order for 100 tin platters at 4d each, 100 tin pints at 2d each, 50 tin quarts at 3 1/2d each.

[8]
Read tenders for raising the idiot wards from the following persons viz.
William Carroll's tender for 500 to be completed on the 20th of May next.
John Herbert's and Thomas Russell's for 497 to be completed before the 6th July next. Francis Donohue's tender for 536. Western House to be completed on the 20th of May and Eastern House on the 20th of June. 

Resolved that William Carroll's tender be accepted.


Meeting held on April 7th 1848.

[1]
State of the workhouse for week ending 1st April 1848

No. of inmates for which accommodation is provided

700

Admitted during the week

240

Discharged during the week

52

Died

4

Remaining on above date

838

Destitute cases relieved out of workhouse

5547

Destitute persons, including applicant and family

13478

[2]
The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that there had been

   

s

d
Received during the week

549

1

5
Paid during the week

30

4

1
Balance in favour of the guardians

846

16

0
Rates collected and lodged

--

--

--
Rates remaining

787

4

7
Cost of provisions and necessities received

77

13

4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

57

16

6
General average cost of an inmate

1

5 1/2

Total expenditure in outdoor relief 316

0

2 1/4

The register book was signed from No. 5411 to No. 5584.
[4]

Establishment account.

  

s

d
Michl. Quinn, spinning wheel

2

8

4
Bridget Mc Donough, postage

5

11

4
Vaccination visits

1

1

3
Clerk, salary in part

5

0

0
Ml. Mc Namara, copying ratebooks

5

0

0
Eliza Flanigan, schoolmistress, balance of salary

3

4

7
Blacksmith, on account

1

0

0
Andrew Gardener, for spinning wheel

4

4

0

 

Out-Door Relief Invoice Account

   

s

d
Master for out-door relief

2

19

9
Wages of stewards of quarries

8

8
2 Mr Ml. Daly, for meal in part

250

0

0
Master for out-door relief

4

7

0
Master, for stewards' wages

12

0

[5]
Medical Report
We have 101 patients under medical treatment, the greater number suffering from diarrhea, of which disease 3 died during the week. There are 30 patients in the fever hospital. We had 11 new cases of fever during the week of which 1 died.
                                                James Shannon.

Ordered
- that the recommendation of the medical attendants with regard to extra allowances to the nursery be adopted.
- that the clerk do advertize for tenders for the supply of the following articles, viz. milk, lime and sweeping brushes, black lead, iron spoons, horn combs, horn buttons, sewing needles, knitting needles, black and white tape, marking ink, oils, chamber and house buckets, chamber utensils, commode pans, pearl and french barley, tin ladles, roach lime, straw, tobacco, medicines.
[6]
- that the master do put upon out door relief the nineteen paupers mentioned in the list furnished by him.

Read
- commissioners' letter dated 3rd April stating that they had made an application to the agent of the British Relief Association for an advance of 500 to be repaid out of the rate now about to be put in course of collection.
- commissioners' letter referring to their letter of 3rd instant.
- Letter from John Cronyn Esq., Inspector at Ennis, annexing copy of letter from Count P. Shezlecki - intimating that the Association had placed at the disposal of Mr. Cronyn, for the use of the vice guardians of this union, a sum of 500 to be repaid out of the rate now about to be put in course of collection.

[7]
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[8]
Resolved
that Mrs. Alicia O'Donnell be appointed schoolmistress.
Resolved that Mr. Michael McDonough the clerk of this union be suspended in consequence of neglect of his duties, until such time as the orders of the commissioners may be received on the subject.


Meeting held on 14th April 1848. 

[1]
The register book was signed from No. 5585 to No. 5686.
State of the workhouse for week ending 8th April 1848.

No. of inmates for which accommodation is provided

700

Admitted during the week

67

Discharged during the week

30

Died

6

Remaining on the above date

869

Destitute cases relieved out of workhouse

4953

Destitute persons, including applicant and family

12262

[2]
The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that there had been

   

s

d
Received during the week

49

1

0
Paid during the week

302

12

0
Balance in favour of the guardians

593

4

11
Rates collected and lodged

--

--

--
Rates remaining

--

--

--
[3] Cost of provisions and necessities received

48

8

10
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

63

14

5 1/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

6

[4]

Clothing Account

 

s

d
Pat Foster for wool

9

17

7
Establishment Account
W.Herbert, altering female school

16

9

5
Pat Quinn for coffins

2

14

0
Francis Daly for seed potatoes

13

0

0
James Shannon M.D, salary to 25th March.

10

0

0
Charles Finucane Do Do

10

0

0
Peter Blake, wheel and hand barrows

8

5

0
John Roache for stone hammers

2

3

6
Michael Walsh, master for sundries

7

4

4
Out-Door Relief Invoice Account
Michael Walsh, out-door relief

3

0

0

[5]
Medical Report

We have 112 patients under medical treatment in the infirmary and infirm wards, and 33 in fever hospital. There were 9 new cases of fever during the week and 5 deaths, 4 from diarrhea, 1 from dysentery. We would want 10 commodes for the use of the infirmary.
                                                James Shannon. M. D.

Master's Report
Read tenders for the situtation of relieving officer from the following persons.
Henry Daly.
Michael McNamara.
Patt Kitson.

Resolved that Henry Daly be appointed relieving officer for Ennistymon Electoral Division at a salary of 40 per annum.

Read the following tenders for alterations in the intended school house at Lahinch, Messrs. John Herbert and Martin Tuohey, house 438, porch 30, total 474.
[6] From Francis O'Donohue, house 449-10-0, porch 43, total 492-10-0.
Resolved that the tender of Messrs. Herbert and Tuohey be accepted.

In consequence of the boundary wall being but 6 feet from the outside, and 4 feet from the inside in height, and having been originally built with dry stones, it is no longer a security against communication between the inmates of the workhouse and their outdoor friends, and the schoolmaster, having crossed the wall at 6 o'clock in the morning and not having returned to the house until 12 o'clock, and from the general insubordination arising out of the facility of ingress and egress, the vice guardians have not the control necessary to the well being of the establishment.
[7]
Resolved
that tenders for rebuilding and raising the wall be advertised for.
Resolved that Mr. Henry Whitstone, architect, of Ennis, be appointed to superintend the works now executing by Mr. Carroll.


Meeting held on 21st April 1848.
[1]
The register book was signed from No. 5687 to No. 5690.
State of the workhouse for week ending 15th April, 1848

No. of inmates for which accommodation is provided

700

Admitted during the week

14

Discharged during the week

27

Died

5

Remaining on the above date

851

Destitute cases relieved out of workhouse

5,689

Destitute persons, including applicant and family

13,775

[2]
The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that there had been

   

s

d
Received during the week

1

15

0
Paid during the week

31

16

5
Balance in favour of the guardians

3

3

9
Rates collected and lodged

7

16

0
Rates remaining

413

16

4
[3] Cost of provisions and necessities received

114

10

1
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

66

0

7 1/2
General average cost of an inmate

1

5 1/2
[4]
Establishment Account
John Mason, cleaning of sewers and cess-pools

4

0

0
Martin Conole for straw

3

11

6
Martin Conole, horse labour

1

15

0
William Lawler for tin ware

3

12

1
Patrick Lynch for wool

3

6

6
Workhouse Invoice Account
Patrick Lynch, for meat

16

7

4
Out Door Relief Invoice Account
Michael Hynes, R.O., outdoor relief

7

0

0
Henry Daly, R.O., outdoor relief

7

10

0
James O 'Brien, R.O., outdoor relief

3

10

0
James Clancy, R.O., outdoor relief

6

0

0
Mort Culliny, R.O., outdoor relief

3

0

0

[5]
Medical Report
There are 100 patients under medical treatment at present, the greater number of whom are suffering from diarrhea, which I am happy to say is on the decrease. We have 39 patients in fever hospital and had 16 new cases since this day week. There were 10 deaths, 8 from diarrhea, 1 from dysentery, and a child a few days old from convulsions.
                                                        James Shannon. M.D.
[6]
Ordered that the clerk of the union do record in this day's proceedings the particulars of the different tenders taken in on the Wednesday and the resolutions thereon.

Read tenders for milk from the following persons,

Mrs. Mary Moran

at 7d per gallon.

Mr. Michael Lyddy

at 6d per gallon.

Mrs. Fitzgerald

at 7 1/2d per gallon.

Mr. Morgan O'Loughlin

at 7d per gallon.

Mrs. Mary Kerin

at 7 1/2d per gallon.

Mr. Pat Crowe

at 7 3/4d per gallon.

Mr. Edward Neylan

at 7d per gallon.

Mr. Daniel Garrahy

at 7d per gallon.

Resolved that the tenders of Mary Moran and Michael Lyddy be accepted.

Read tenders for Glengarry Caps from James O'Brien, Edmond J. Beveridge, George Blackwell, Pat O'Dwyer, Mrs. Daniel Guthrie, and Pat Barry.
Resolved that James O'Brien's tender be accepted.

Read tenders for tobacco from the following;
Bridget Molony and John Carmody.
Resolved that Bridget Molony's tender be accepted.
[7]
Read tenders for the following articles.

Pearl barley Sweeping brushes Lime
Horn combs Rape oil Blacklead
Iron spoons Neatsfoot oil Marking ink
White tape Needles Oak buckets
Black tape Horn buttons Bass brooms
Tin ladles Commode pans
Earthern chambers Sheet iron buckets

from the following persons, William Cahill and John Carmody, William Anderson and George Blackwell, Patrick D. Behen and William Daniel.

Resolved that William Anderson's tender be accepted for bass brooms, commode pans and earthern chambers.
Resolved that William Cahill's tender be accepted for the remainder of the above named articles.
Resolved that Andrew Considine's tender for lime be accepted.
[8]
Read tenders for medicines from the following persons,
Boilean and Usher, Dublin, Edward O'Dwyer, Ennistymon, Austin Swiney, Ennistymon.
Resolved that the tender of Messrs. Boilean and Usher be accepted.

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