Reports and Returns Relating to Evictions
in the Kilrush Union (1847-1849)

Extract from Report of Captain Kennedy - March 16, 1848

"WE admitted a considerable number of paupers, among whom were some of the most appalling cases of destitution and suffering it has ever been my lot to witness. The state of most of these wretched creatures is traceable to the numerous evictions which have lately taken place in the Union. When driven from their cabins they betake themselves to the ditches or the shelter of some bank, and there exist like animals, till starvation or the inclemency of the weather drives them to the workhouse. There were three cart-loads of these creatures, who could not walk, brought for admission yesterday, some in fever, some suffering from dysentery, and all from want of food. They were immediately handed over to the medical officer, and provided with nourishment. I leave no effort untried to mitigate their misery."

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