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

Extract from Report of Captain Kennedy - March 23, 1848

"WHOLE districts are being cleared and re-let in larger holdings. These measures, though productive of immediate suffering, will eventually aid the working of the law, and facilitate the collection of rates.
"Many of those evicted are deserting their families, some going to America, some in search of employment. I have every reason to anticipate a very great increase of this class within a short period. If they are all brought into the workhouse, it will soon be converted into one vast nursery; and if relieved out, it would encourage and increase the evil to an unmanageable extent. Relief, I find, was extended to this class last year under the Relief Act; and I find, from personal inquiry, that many expect it this spring."

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