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

Extract from Report of Captain Kennedy - March 28, 1848

"I Have the honour to inform you that the Kilrush workhouse contained two above the authorized number, on yesterday. This rapid filling is attributable to the numerous evictions on the 25th instant and demolition of cabins.
"To meet the emergency I immediately proceeded with Mr. Meagher, Vice-Guardian, and selected 50 cases for discharge, principally widows with one child dependent, and some elderly widows without any. I anticipate a considerable pressure during the next fortnight. Cabins are being thrown down in all directions, and it is really extraordinary and, to me, unaccountable, where or how the evicted find shelter."

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