Ennistymon Union Minute Books

Book No. 6 

Meetings held from 10th October 1848 - 31st October 1848


[1] Meeting held on the 10th of October 1848.

State of the workhouse for the week ending 7th Oct 1848.
No. of inmates for which accommodation is provided
[WH 870; Aux. WHS 250; Permanent Fever Hosp. 30]

1150

Admitted during the week

468

Discharged during the week

23

Died

2

Remaining on above date

2296

Destitute cases relieved out of workhouse

3397

Destitute persons, including applicant and family

8163

[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

203

17

8

Paid during the week

94

11

5

Balance in favour of the guardians

446

13

8

Rates collected and lodged

203

17

8

Rates remaining

13033

12

6 1/4

Clerk's account of petty disbursements

4

17

3 1/2

Cost of provisions and necessities received

158

8

9 3/4

Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

137

14

5

General average cost of an inmate

1

2

3/4

Total expenditure in outdoor relief

192

0

7

The register book was signed from No.7312 to No.7779.

[4]Clothing account

s

d
George Blackwell

22

10

0
Establishment account
Michael Kean, transcribed R books

8

0

0
Michael Kean, petty disbursements

5

0

0
John Herbert, boundary wall

100

0

0
Out Door Relief Invoice account
Messrs Bannatyne & Son, meal

300

0

0

[5] Medical Report.
We have 54 patients in infirmary and infirm wards and 62 in fever hospital. The house is healthy with the exception of a great increase in fever, of which we had 35 new cases during the last week. There were two deaths during the week both children, one only an hour in the house.
                                                                    James Shannon M.D.

[6] Read commissioners' letters
- 29th September 1848, enclosing copies of a circular to poor rate collectors containing extracts from the commissioners' general order of 25th October 1847.
- enclosing forms of a diary to be kept by the relieving officers.
- Intimating that the clerk do forward the diaries to the respective relieving officers.
- 30th September 1848 approving of the appointment of Michael Kerin, John Cahill, D. Considine, J. McCarthy, Thomas Morony and Michael Owens as poor rate collectors.
- 3rd October 1848, enclosing forms of monthly liabilities.
- 3rd October 1848, authorizing the vice guardians to pay for provisions and articles delivered at the
fever house when no entry appeared in the master's books.
- 3rd October 1848, authorizing the relieving officers to change the cost of conveyance of paupers to fever hospitals in their receipt and expenditure books.
[7] - 3rd October 1848, approving of the appointment of Mary Foley as assistant nurse at the Moymore Fever Hospital.
- 3rd October 1848, enclosing queries to be answered by the asst. master Michael O'Brien.
- 4th October 1848, stating that the memo of agreement signed by Mr. B. Moroney on the giving over of the Atlantic Hotel to the vice guardians had been forwarded to Messrs Geale and Dwyer. 
- 5th October 1848, enclosing queries to be answered by Mathew Hehir and John Kerin who were appointed rate collectors.
- 5th October 1848, enclosing copy of a letter from the clerk wherein he requests being paid 10 for writing the rate books and sanctioning the amounts.
- 7th October 1848, enclosing queries to be answered by the person who may be appointed collector on 10th inst.
- 7th October 1848, approving the alterations required at the Aux W. House at Miltown Malbay, being done according to authority invested in the vice guardians by article 22 of general regulations without tenders.
[8] The vice guardians proceeded to elect a master, matron and porter for the Aux.W House at Miltown Malbay where the following candidates appeared

For the situation of master
   1 John Lennon
    2 Cornelius O'Sullivan
    3 Maurice Finucane
    4 Thomas Lysaght
    5 Michael O'Connell
    6 Thomas Kean
    7 Pat Mulqueeny
    8 John Mc Cann
    9 Pat Crehan
    10 Michael Sullivan
    11 Daniel Shine
    12 William Corry

For the situation of matron
   1 Eliza Flanigan
    2 Margaret Shine
    3 Susan Mulqueeny
   
For the situation of porter
    1 Anthony Hennesy
    2 Michael O'Connell
    3 Pat Connoulty
    4 Michael Tyrell
    5 William Ryan
    6 Michael Riely
    7 Andrew Davoren
    8 John Howard
    9 James Quin
    10 Murty Slattery
    11 Michael Fitzgerald
    12 Michael Mc Inerney
    13 James Halloren
    14 Thomas Mc Guan
    15 Pat Deely
    16 John Mc Donnell

and the different candidates having been duly examined it was resolve that the following persons be appointed to[9] these situations respectively, Daniel Shine, master at a salary of 25 a year Margaret Shine, matron at a salary of 15.
James Quin, porter at a salary of 10 per annum with rations, apartments.  The master requires the following articles for the use of the W. House

500 large platters 500 pint saucepans
12 bass brooms 100 large combs
1000 yards of ticking 800 yards of green flannell
500 Glengarry caps 150 suits of boys clothing
150 pairs of boys shoes

Ordered that the above articles be procured from the contractors respectively with as little delay as possible.

Resolved that the following tenders be accepted for the supply of provisions and necessaries to the auxillary workhouse at Miltown Malbay at the respective prices, marked opposite to the contractors names and to continue up to 25th March 1849.
Bread, wheaten 4lb loaf 9d, brown 4lbs 6 1/2d, Pat Cuff and Michael Hynes.
Tea at 3/6 per lb, Anne Donnellan, Miltown
Coffee at 1/3 per lb, John O'Loughlin, Ennistymon
Sugar at 4 1/2d per lb, Anne Donnellan, Miltown
Starch 4/5 per stone, Patrick Keating, Ennistymon
Blue Buttons 3 1/2d per lb, slate 8d, Michael G. O'Dwyer Ennis.
Wine port 2/6 per bottle, Michael G. O'Dwyer, Ennis
Soap Irish per cwt 28/0, Anne Donnellan
Shoes per pair 2/6 all sizes, Maurice Walsh
Salt per cwt 2/6, Patrick Keating
Blankets per pair 6/10, Pat O'Dwyer
Boys clothes 6 to 15 4/8, 4/11, 5/11, 5/3 Pat O'Dwyer
Coffin sizes 1/3, 2/1, 2/6, 3/3, Pat O'Halloran, Miltown
Straw 19 per tonne, Pat Fitzgerald, Ennistymon
Milk Mrs Francis Hehir per qt 1 1/2d to supply up to 200 qts daily and Mr Burdett Moroney to supply any quantity [10] that may be required when the consumption exceeds the above quantity, in the meantime both to supply equally, Glengarry caps sizes per dozen 5/ Anne Donnellan.

Resolved
that Michael Mc Namara be declared a contractor for the supply of Indian meal for out door relief up to the 25th March next at 9.19.0 per ton for the electoral divisions of Burren, Carron, Drumcreehy, Rathbourney, Killonahen, to be delivered free of carriage at the various depots.

Resolved

- that the clerk do advertise for tender for the supply of Indian meal, barley meal, and oat meal for the aux. w. house, Miltown Malbay. Also meat.
- that the clerk be directed to report that about 350 persons presented themselves for admission into
the w. house, but could not be taken in for want of indoor accommodation, two of whom from extreme exhaustion were unable to walk and had to be taken into the house with their families.
- that Martin Hynes be appointed rate collector in the electoral division of Burren subject to the approval of the commissioners at a remuneration of 1/2d in the pound on the amount collected - to collect within 3 months.
- that the rations allowed to the officers at the aux. w. house be the same as that allowed at the parent establishment


[11] Meeting held on the 17th day of October 1848.

State of the workhouse for week ending 14th Oct., 1848.
No. of inmates for which accommodation is provided

1150

Admitted during the week

103

Discharged during the week

42

Died

4

Remaining on above date

2353

Destitute cases relieved out of workhouse

3654

Destitute persons, including applicant and family

9051

[12]
The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that there had been

   

s

d
Received during the week

714

10

10
Paid during the week

464

10

0
The balance in favour of the guardians

696

14

6
Rates collected and lodged

714

10

10
Rates remaining

12316

0

1 1/4
[13] Clerk's account of petty disbursements

6

12

6
Cost of provisions and necessities received

167

6

8
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

164

9

8 1/2
General average cost of an inmate

0

1

3 3/4
Total expenditure in outdoor relief

239

8

1 3/4

The register book was authenticated from No 7786 to No -

[14] Clothing account

   

s

  d

Patrick O'Dwyer

80

0

0

Francis O'Brien, wool

26

3

7

Pat Fitzgerald, straw

9

5

10

Establishment Account
Michael Morony, master

6

0

0

M. Kean, clerk, petty disbursements

1 0

0

0

Bridget Mc Donagh, postage

3

9

0

Margaret Barrett,rent of aux w.house Lahinch

25

0

0

Thomas Keane, writing Out Door Relief registry

5

0

0

Work House Invoice account
Edward Neylon, turf

11

13

4

Out Door Relief Invoice account
Messrs J Bannatyne & Son for Indian Meal

300

0

0

Michael Mc Namara for Indian Meal

80

0

0

[15] Medical Report.
We have had a great increase of fever during the week having had 65 cases occuring mostly amongst those in probationary ward, and the late admissions, it is generally of a mild type and we had no death from it since the beginning of the month, not withstanding the very crowded state of the hospital, to relieve which something should be done by the vice guardians either by sending the patients to the temporary fever hospital of the union or the Ennis Fever Hospital. There are 114 at present in fever. 
We have 64 in infirmary and had four deaths amongst the children from diarrhea.
                                                                        James Shannon M.D.

Master's Report.
The master reports that from a spirit of insubordination, he has been necessitated to lodge information against 25 of the inmates of the house . They have been accordingly prosecuted at petty sessions, and have been punished by the magistrates according to their deceit, varying from 14 to 30 days imprisonment.

[16] Read commissioners' letters
- 10th October 1848, acknowledging the receipt of report of 8th inst.
- 10th October 1848, enclosing copy of a letter from W.O'Loughlin about a regime for poor rate.
- 13th October 1848, enclosing queries to be answered by the officers appt. to the aux. w. house Miltown.
- 13th October 1848, authorising the master to take credit for the deficiency of provisions and necessaries appearing on hands when he entered on office.
- 13th October 1848, approving of the day of meeting of the vice guardians to Tuesday of each week.
- 12th October 1848, about allowing the relieving officer of Ennistymon Electoral Division two labourers.
- 13th October 1848, enclosing copy of a letter from Hannah Curry about relief.
- 13th October 1848, approving of the appointment of Mr M. O Brien as asst. master.
[17] - 12th October l848 approving of James Shannon as porter to the temporary fever hospital at Miltown.
- 12th October l848 approving of the appointment of Mr. M. Hehir as rate collector in the electoral divisions of Drumcreehy and Killonahen.

Resolved that the clerk has directed to inform the Commissioner that in consequence of the relieving  officers of the Corofin and Burren divisions not having their application and report books properly arranged the workhouse registry was not authenticated.
Resolved that the clerk do inquire from the commissioners whether they can afford any or what redress to Mr. Neptune Blood of Roxton under the following circumstances, Mr. B. was rated for a certain portion of land some time ago in his possession. Subsequently, he let a part of it to a tenant who had been properly rated for the quantity of land given over to him, but by an oversight of the valuation, Mr. B. has been rated the full amount as if he still held all the land in his own possession -can the vice guardian reduce proportionally Mr. Blood's valuation?

The master requires the following articles for the use of the Moymore Temporary Fever Hospital. [18] Two tables, one pot hook, and hand hooks, a milk tub to contain 30 qts, callender, five candlesticks, four chairs, 12 chamber pots, lines for drying clothes.
Also, for the workhouse as follows;-
100 suits of mens clothing, l00 pairs of shoes (mens), 500 yds of material for handkerchiefs for women, l00 pairs of womens' shoes, rail door for mens wards, 6 lamps for dining hall, 24 metal saucepans, two tables for masters' and matrons' rooms, two pairs of candlesticks, and snuffers, thread and 2 dozen shovels.

Ordered
that the above be procured and that the clerk do write tenders for the clothing, shoes, etc., etc.,

The medical officers have reported that a supply of medicine was required for the house,Ordered that it be procured from the contractor Boilean and Ussher, Dublin.

Resolved
that the clerk be directed to submit the enclosed copy of a dietary for the officers and the paupers of the union, to the Commissioners for their approval it having been alReady approved by the medical officer of the house, the vice guardians having found that the dietary in use at present in the workhouse was too much and beg to state that by this change a great saving will be effected in favour of the union.
[19] The vice guardians having taken into consideration the report of Dr. Shannon direct that the master do procure horses and cars and transmit to the fever hospital at Ennis such cases of fever as may occur in the workhouse during the ensuing days and until vacancies offer for reception of the patients into the Moymore Temporary Fever Hospital and that the clerk do communicate with Dr. Finucane the medical attendant at Moymore the directions of the vice guardians that he will for the present reserve all vacancies occurring at Moymore for the inmates of the union and auxiliary house and that the relieving officers shall, until orders, send the several new cases of fever to the Ennis Fever Hospital.


[21]
Meeting held on the 24th of October, l848

The register book was signed from No.7780 to No. 7885. 

State of the workhouse for week ending 21st of Oct. 1848.
No. of inmates for which accommodation is provided

1150

Admitted during the week

3

Discharged during the week

50

Died

6

Remaining on above date

2300

Destitute cases relieved out of workhouse

3534

Destitute persons, including applicant and family

8572

[22]
The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that there had been

   

s

d
Received during the week

773

2

1
Paid during the week

456

2

4
The balance in favour of the guardians

1013

14

3
Rates collected and lodged

773

2

1
Rates remaining

11542

18

4
[23] Clerk's account of petty disbursements

11

11

8

Cost of provisions and necessities received

168

4

1 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

167

3

4 1/2
General average cost of an inmate

0

1

4 1/9
Total expenditure in outdoor relief

221

18

9 1/4
[24] Establishment account

   

s

d

Marcus Talbot, carriage of parcels

6

12

0

Rev. J. Sheehan, salary

60

0

0

William Carrol, buildings

100

0

0

Marcus Talbot, stationary

21

12

6

Michael Hynes, R.O.,salary to 25th March

10

0

0

John Herbert, buildings

100

0

0

James D. Lysaght, printing

4

13

0

William Lawlor, tin work

8

1

0

Mort Culliney, salary to 25th March

10

0

0

Michael Guthrie, writing out the O.D.R.R.

10

0

0

Work House Invoice account
Mary Moran, milk

200

0

0

Edmond Comber, bread

100

0

0

Michael Liddy, milk

100

0

0

Out Door Invoice account
Michael Mc Namara

100

0

0

Thady Flanigan, Indian meal

71

7

3

Messrs J Bannatyne & Son, meal

300

0

0

Medical Relief
Mary Kerin, milk, Moymore F.H.

25

0

0

Thomas Drew, coffins

7

12

8

[25] Medical Report:
There are 132 fever patients under medical treatment all, (with the exception of about six) of a very mild form, to the accommodation of which number, I had to appropriate a portion of the infirmary, our fever hospital containing only 30 beds. We had 71 new cases since this day week, and trust that a favourable change is beginning to set in as the number of the cases occurring for the last few days have diminished, 65 sick in infirmary and infirm wards. Deaths, one from fever, one from dysentry, one from small pox and 5 from diarrhea.
                    Signed
                    James Shannon - M.D.

[26]
Read commissioners' letters
- l7th October l848, approving of the appointment of Mr. Martin Hynes as rate collector, Burren division.
- 12th October l848, the secretary, Central Board of Health, enclosing copy of Act 12 Vict Cap 123.
- l6th Oct, l848, circular intimating that the rate collectors cannot take part payments.
- l6 Oct l848, relative to the investigation held on Mr Daly and enclosing copies of the evidence taken by M. Cronyn and letter to M. O' Brien.
- 21st October, l848 enclosing Mrs. Barrett's lease of the premises at Lahinch.
- 23rd October, l848, about appointing a distributor at the Ennistymon Relief Depot.

[27] Resolved that the clerk be directed to invite tender for the supply of medicine, stationary [sic] and printing for the use of the workhouse and its auxiliaries for 12 months. The advertisement to appear in the local papers and by handbills.

Resolved
that the medical officer of the workhouse be requested to fill up every week his sick dietary book in accordance with the 66th article of the Poor Law commissioners' general orders, and that the clerk be directed to furnish the medical officer with a copy of this resolution.

Resolved
that Dr. Finucane be appointed medical officer to the Moymore temporary fever hospital,at a salary of 5/0 per diem, subject to the approval of the Commissioners of Health in accordance with the Act 12th Vict C 131.

The master requires the following articles for the use of the workhouse viz.,
200 yds., of shrowding calico, 3 oz. white thRead, 3 oz. black thRead, 16 gross of buttons, l0 pairs of scissors, 20 dozen thimbles, 4 dozen of tailors thimbles, 12 trays for conveying food.
Ordered that the above articles be procured from the contractors respectively with as little delay as  possible.
[28]
Resolved that the following tenders be accepted for the supply of provisions and necessaries, for the workhouse and its auxilaries, Indian meal 10.19.0 per ton, barley meal 10.19.0, oatmeal 13.l0.0 and rice 19 to be supplied by Messrs. Bannatyne & Son. If not paid for within two months after delivery, an additional sum of 10/0 per ton will be charged.

Sugar, Patrick Keating 5/9 per stone, lump 7d per lb.
Cocoa, John O'Loughlin 5d per lb.
Coffee,     "     "      " 1/3 per lb.
Pepper,     "     "      " 1/2 per lb.
Batt brick,     "     "      " 2 1/2 per lb.

Shoes, Patrick Cuffe, mens 3/9 per pair
                                 womens 2/9 per pair
Men's clothing - l00 suits 9/6 per suit, George Blackwell Shambray 5 1/2d per yard.
Meat, James Harrison, beef 4d per lb., mutton 5d per lb.
The contracts to continue in force to 25th March, l849.

[31] Meeting held on the 31st October 1848

The register book was signed from No. 7886 to No. 7922.

State of the workhouse for week ending 28th Oct. 1848.
No. of inmates for which accommodation is provided

1150

Admitted during the week

34

Discharged during the week

39

Died

9

Remaining

2280

Destitute cases relieved out of work house

3293

Destitute persons, including applicant and family

7550

[32]
The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that there had been

   

s

d
Received during the week

1157

11

10
Paid during the week

957

1

2
The balance in favour of the guardians

1214

4

11
Rates collected and lodged

       -----

Rates remaining

       -----

[33]
Clerk's account of petty disbursements

5

7

10 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities received

156

19

9
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

165

12

10 3/4
General average cost of an inmate

1

4

3/8
Total expenditure in outdoor relief

203

8

5 3/4
[34]
Clothing account

s

d
George Blackwell

100

0

0
Establishment account
Michael Gardner, erecting pumps

8

6

0
John Mason, for cleaning privies

4

3

6
George Clune, for repairs

5

0

0
John Herbert, building at Lahinch

100

0

0
Mathew Hehir, salary as master

13

5

9
Michael O Brien, rent of meal depot

5

0

0
Fergus Curtin, salary acting as R.O.

6

0

0
Messrs Shannon & Finucane, salary to 29th Sept

20

0

0
Clerk, petty disbursements

15

0

0
Patt Jourdan, revising officer

40

0

0
Work House Invoice account
John Mac Beath, rice

100

0

0
Patrick Lynch, meal, Moymore T.F.Hospital

16

5

11
Out Door Relief Invoice account
Messrs J. Bannatyne & Son, Indian meal

600

0

0
Michael Mc Namara, Indian meal

100

0

0
Medical Relief
E.O Dwyer, medicine, Moymore T F Hospital

24

6

5
John Mc Namara, rent of Moymore.

25

0

0

[35] Medical Report:-
The house with respect to fever (tho' still in an unhealthy state) exhibits a favourable change as compared with last week, the number of new cases being 47 last week they were 97.There are 124 in hospital, 5 deaths from fever, one from dysentry, one diarrhea and two small pox. 
There are 67 under medical treatment in the infirmary.
            James Shannon. M.D.

Master's Report
I wish to inform you the present position of the house regarding accommodation, the numbers up to Saturday the 28th inst., was l495, allocated as follows, women, girls and children 786, men and boys 520. These of course do not include the number of both sexes in fever hospital and infirmary. You may perceive by the numbers the overcrowded state of the female side compared with the male, and I would suggest, in order to relieve the house from its crowded state, to draft 100 women with two or more children to Miltown, which would enable me to give accommodation for l00 more that may seek for provisional admission - this arrangement if carried.For answer see end of the minutes.
[36] About the collection of the rates and the form of bond entered into by the collectors,
Ordered that the clerk do furnish the respective rate collectors with a balance sheet and copy of the circular, above referred to.
Letters of the commissioners and others were read
- l9th October, l848, enclosing copies of collectors manual.
- 23rd October, l848, intimating that the R. officers diaries need not be forwarded to the inspector.
- 25th October, l848, about the valuation of the union.
- 28th October, l848, about the seizure of Mr. O'Loughlin's horse for poor rate.
- 28th October, l848, reply to query submitted about rate due on land, the property of Mr. Blood.
- 28th October, l848, approving of the appointment of Mr. Daniel Shine as master of the auxililary workhouse Miltown.
- 28th October, l848, approving of the appointment of Mrs. Margaret Shine as matron of the auxililary workhouse, Miltown.
- 28th October, 1848, approving of the appointment of Mr. James Quinn as porter of the aux w.house, Miltown Malbay.
- 28th October, l848, approving of the scale of dietary submitted on l7th inst.,
[37] - 28th October, l848, Secretary, Central Board of Health approving of the appointment of Dr. Finucane as medical officer at the T. F. Hospital Moymore @ 5/- per diem. 

Resolved
that the clerk do forward to the Commissioner the letter of the Rev. M. Connolly in which he intimates his inability in future to attend the sick poor in the Moymore Temporary Fever Hospital without salary, and that the commissioners be requested to inform the vice guardians whether any or what provision should be made to provide spiritual attendance for the inmates of that institution. Resolved that the clerk do forward the letters of Messrs. Curtin and Hynes relieving officers, for the Burren and Killonahen districts, wherein they request an increase of salary, and request that the commissioner will favour with their opinions thereon.

The master requires the following articles for the use of the workhouse, one gross yard black tape, ne do. white, [38] 500 needles no. 4, 500 yds shambray, 300 pairs of blankets, 1000 yds. of linen, l00 suits of mens clothing, 3 lamps for dining hall, 3 looking glasses, 1 tea canister, 3 bread knives, 1 doz razors, 1/2 doz spectacles, l doz white wash brushes, 3 dusting brushes, 2 yds. of oil cloth, l set shoe brushes, 2 dozen spindles and furrells, l hair mattress, l feather bed and 8 ton straw. Ordered that the above articles be procured as soon as possible. 

Cont. of the Master's Report
- into effect would tend to the greatest possible comfort of the inmates and enable me to encourage manufacture, more than I therefore could from want of accommodation - other than the above arrangements will leave me in the same position as at present, that is, the overcrowded state of the female dormitories and day rooms, and also prohibit me from admitting any new paupers unless those selected from the male portion which possibly could not be  done.
                                                    M. Moroney, Master.
Ordered that l00 young married women including their children under two years of age betransferred to the auxiliary workhouse at Miltown Malbay as speedily as arrangements can be made for their reception.

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