Kilrush Union Minute Books 1849

Meeting held on Saturday, 22nd day of December, 1849

Kilrush UNION.

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                    Population in 1841, 82,353                                                Present Net Annual Value, 59.248,

                    STATE of the WORKHOUSE for the Week ending Saturday, the 15 day of December 1849

Number of Inmates for which accom-modation is provided.

No. that can be accommodated in each building.

 

Able-Bodied

Aged and Infirm persons, and adult persons, above 15 years of age, but not working.

Boys and Girls above 9 and under 15 years of age.

Children above 5 and under 9 years of age.

Children above 2 and under 5 years of age.

Infants under 2 years of age.

 

Total

Workhouse,

Temporary

Buildings,

Additional

Workhouse,

Permanent

Fever Hospital,

Fever Sheds,

Total

1100

 

1580

 

 

 

____

2680

 

 

 

 

Male

 

 

 

 

 

Fem

 

 

 

 

Male

 

 

 

 

Fem

 

 

 

 

Boys

 

 

 

 

Girls

       
Remaining on previous Saturday,

as per last Return,

506

515

32

26

473

514

233

79

46

2424

Admitted during the Week,

31

44

1

1

29

19

16

7

4

152

TOTAL,

537

559

33

27

502

533

249

86

52

2578

Discharged during the Week,

Died, . . . . . .

69

2

72

1

"

"

"

"

46

3

58

"

19

5

14

1

13

3

291

15

Total Discharged and Dead,

71

73

"

"

49

58

24

15

16

306

REMAINING ON THE ABOVE DATE ,

466

486

33

27

453

475

225

71

36

2272

 

 

RETURN OF

SICK AND LUNATICS

Number in Hospital

on the above

date.

No. of Lunatics

and Idiots in

Workhouse on

the above date.

In Work-

house Hospital,         221

In Fever

Hospital,                   ___

Total                         221

In separate

Wards,

In Wards

with other Inmates,

Total

RETURN of DESTITUTE PERSONS relieved out of the Workhouse, as by Relief Lists, for the last Week ended Saturday, the day of authenticated and laid before the Board of Guardians at this Meeting.

 

Destitute Persons relieved out of the workhouse,
under 10 Vict. c. 31, s. 1.

Destitute Persons relieved out of the Workhouse, but not comprised in Sec. 1.

Total relived out of the Workhouse

 

RELIEF

DISTRICT

 

Number of cases relieved.

Number of Persons, including Applicant and Family, dependent on him or her.  

Number of cases relieved.

Number of Persons, including Applicant and Family, dependent on him or her.

 

Cases

 

Persons.

No. I.

"

"

"

"

"

"

No. II.

"

"

"

"

"

"

No. III.

"

"

"

"

"

"

No. IV.

"

"

"

"

"

"

No. V.

"

"

"

"

"

"

No. VI.

"

"

"

"

"

"

No. VII.

28

96

"

"

28

96

No. VIII.

10

39

"

"

10

39

No. IX.

143

349

"

"

143

349

Car. forward

181

484

"

"

181

484

COPY of MINUTES of Proceedings of the Board of Guardians, at a Meeting held on Saturday the 22nd day of December 1849.
PRESENT : In the Chair, Colonel C.M. Vandeleur,
                Other Guardians : Henry J. Burton Jonas Studdert Frances N. Keane
Captain J Studdert George Studdert Danl OGrady Sir Burton McNamara Francis Corry
Benjamin Cox Thomas Daly Cornelius Doherty, R.H. Donovan Rick Fitzpatrick John Healy
Timothy Kelly Thomas Lillis Jeremiah Moloney Ambrose Moore Danl Mulvihill
Francis O’Donnell Jno. Pelkington Thos. Studdert Michael Studdert and George Taylor,

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The Minutes of last Meeting were read and Signed
Notices of Marriage between the parties hereunder named having been received from the District Registrar by the Clerk, were duly read at the Board this day in accordance with the 15th section of the 7& 8 Vic., c. 81.

John Marshall and Mary Walsh of Kilrush
 
 

The Out-door Relief Register was produced, examined, and authenticated from No. 18,733 to No. 18,812, inclusive, by the signature of the Chairman, and countersignature of the Clerk.

The Clerk’s Report on the execution of Orders previously made by the Board was read to the following effect :

P Captain Kennedy                  100 -
    Rates                                         47 - 14  0
                                                147 : 14 : 0

The Ledger was produced by the Clerk, posted up to the last day of Meeting, with the proper Debits and Credits, as ordered on that day.
The Treasurer’s Book of Receipts and Payments was produced, by which it appeared that there had been received during the week,     -                                              265.    19.    6
Paid during the week, -     -     -      -                                     147.    14.    0.
And that the Balance on the Account against the
Guardians was     -     -      -     -                                           1748.      3.    4
The book was signed by the Chairman.

The Weekly balance-sheets of the several Collectors were laid before the Board, their accuracy having been first ascertained and authenticated by the Clerk.

The lodgements made of Rates collected in the several Electoral Divisions appear to have been as follows:-

Name of each Collector.

Name of Electoral Division.

Collected and Lodged.

Remaining.

   

s.

d.

s.

d.
Alex McMahon Kilrush

"

"

"

640

16

5
   

"

"

"

640

16

5
  Killimer

"

"

"

67

6

6
Danl McDonnell Knock

"

"

"

183

11

7
   

"

"

"

250

18

1
  Killofin

"

"

"

151

8

4
Sam Bourke Kilfiddane

"

"

"

135

1

61/8
  Kildysert

"

"

"

157

9

111/8
   

"

"

"

443

19

9
  Kilmihill

"

"

"

197

14

2
John Lillis Kilmacdooan

"

"

"

310

5

1
   

"

"

"

507

19

4
William Brew Kilmurry

"

"

"

438

1

2
   

"

"

"

438

1

2
  Killard

17

5

"

429

5

7
Step Stackpoole Kilkee

30

9

"

248

15

9
   

47

14

"

678

1

4
  Moyarta

"

"

"

323

18

101/8
Patrick Healy Kilballyowen

"

"

"

94

9

45/8
         

418

8

2
  Total, -

47

14

"

3378

4

6d

NOTE. - A total is to be inserted in Red Ink at the foot of each Collector’s District, as well as for the entire Union,
Debit the Treasurer and Credit the several Electoral Divisions, with the respective amounts lodged.

The Clerk’s Account of petty Disbursements made by him since last Meeting amounting to          was produced and passed.
The following Books were exhibited by the Clerk, he having first ascertained the accuracy of the entries made therein by the Master of the Workhouse, and authenticated the same by his signature :
                1. The Weekly Relief List and Abstract.
                2. The Provision Check Accounts.
                3. The Provision Receipt and Consumption Account.
By which it appeared that the Cost of Provisions and Necessaries received during the week, was
96,, 0s. 6 d.
                                                                                                                                s.      d.
Debit Provision Account, and Credit Invoice Account.
The Cost of Provisions and Necessaries consumed was                    113.     11.     2
Debit Maintenance Account, and Credit Provision Account.
And the general Average Cost of an Inmate for the
week was     -     -     -                                                                                               0.     117/8
Average cost in Infirmary,     -     -                                                                         2.      3
Average cost in Fever Hospital, -
Collective Days 16.849

The Master’s estimate of Provisions and Necessaries required for the ensuing week was examined, namely:

Rye & Barley Meal         3 Tons
Milk                          5055 Quarts
Indian Meal                    2 Tons
Flour                               1   "
Meat  
                        157 lbs

The following Books were also produced by the Clerk, their accuracy having been previously ascertained by him and authenticated by his Signature :
                1. The several Clothing Accounts.
                2. The Medical Officers’ Books.
The Out-door Relief Lists and Weekly Receipt and Expenditure Books of the several Relieving Officers were then produced by the Clerk, their accuracy having been previously ascertained by him, and authenticated by his signature.
The Abstract of the Out-door Relief Lists was also produced by the Clerk, having been duly entered up by him for the last week ended Saturday, the day of ; whereby it appeared that in that week the Total Expenditure in Out-door Relief was
                                                                                                        s.     d.
        In money, - - - -                                                            "           "      "
        In kind,     -      -     -     -                                               3        19      8
                Total,      - -                                                        3        19      8

Credit each Relieving Officer, as per Receipt and Expenditure Book.

The requirements of each Relieving Officer for the ensuing week having been duly considered and estimated by the Board, checks on the Treasurer, and orders on Contractors, were duly signed and delivered to each of them, of the following amounts and value, respectively:

   

By Order on Contractors.

RELIEF

DISTRICT.

Name of
Relieving Officer

Article
and quantity.

Value.

s. d.

No. I

No. II.

Sim. Boland

Jno. Molony

   
No. III. Thos. Guinnane No supplies granted  
No . IV. Nickl. Lillis for Out Door Relief.  
No V. John OGorman    
No. VI. Patt Kelly    
No. VII. George Brew    
No. VIII. Danl Gorman    
No. IX. Thos. Mc Inerney    
Car. forwd.      

Credit Treasurer with Checks ; Debit each Relieving Officer with Checks and Orders.

On the Report and recommendation of the Finance Committee, the following Bills having been duly examined, and found to be correct, and in accordance with the several Orders were directed to be paid, and Checks for the several amounts were duly drawn on the Treasurer, and Signed, namely :
                1. Clothing Account.
                                                                                                                      s.        d.
Arthur O’Donnell Wool                                                                   3             1          2

Debit Clothing Account and Credit Treasurer, with the several sums as above.
                2. Establishment Account.
E. J. Kennelly Salary to 24 Dec                                                      16           13          4
J. Carroll Printing                                                                          10
Simon O’Donnell                                                                           26             1          2
Matt Kelly      Insurance                                                                 3            15          4
Geo Taylor     Land                                                                       13            16          3

Debit Establishment Account, and Credit Treasurer, with the several sums as above.
                3. Workhouse Invoice Account.
Simon O’Donnell   Milk                                                                38             4          7
Francis Brew              "                                                                 27             7          3

Debit Workhouse Invoice Account, and Credit Treasurer, with the several sums as above.
                4. Out-door Relief Invoice Account.
Clerk of Unions a/c
Petty Disbursements                                                                      10             "          "

Credit Treasurer and Debit Out-door Relief Invoice Account with the several sums as above.

The Report of the Visiting Committee was read, and Orders were made thereon as follows :

Proposed by Francis N. Keane, Seconded by Jonas Studdert, Resolved that Captain Kennedy be entreated to represent what he has now stated, to the Commissioners, as he must be aware his doing so to us is useless, as it is not in our power to give Out Door Relief at present, and we perfectly agree from our own experience that very great distress exists in many parts of the Union

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Captain Kennedy drew the attention of the Guardians to the state of the poor in the union, hitherto in receipt of Out Door Relief he had been an eye witness to some very fearful suffering during the week and thought the Board should not separate without making their inquiry, as to the state of the poor from the respective Relieving officers

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Resolved, That the relieving officers be instructed that the Board have no prospect of giving Out Door Relief for sometime and that there being room in the workhouse for five hundred persons they will be admitted to the workhouse on being approved

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Proposed by Frances N. Keane Seconded by George Taylor, Resolved, that having maturely considered the Salaries of the several Relieving officers connected with this Establishment, with a view to curtail our expenditure and to introduce economy where we possibly can do so, we now respectfully call on the Poor Law Commissioners to allow this Board to make the following reductions in those officers Salaries as we are strongly of opinion they are overpaid at present for their services

The Kilrush and Killimer Relieving officer from     50 p annum to be reduced to 30-
Knock and Killofin to be reduced from                    45 to 35
Kilfidane and Kildysart         "      "                        50 to 40
Kilmihill and Kilmacdooane  "      "                        50 to 35
Kilmurry                               "      "                        45 to 30
Killard                                   "      "                        40 to 30
Kilkee to Stand as at present at                               30  "  "
Moyarta from                                                          40     30
Kilballyowen                                                           30

The following Letters from the Poor Law Commissioners and others were read by the Clerk, and directions given to answer them respectively, to the following effect, (or Orders made on them respectively, as follows :)

The 1st of the 17th, Inst No. 76:616/49. with certain queries annexed & Counsels opinion thereon
  " 2nd of the 19th No. 756/M/49. accompanying monthly returns of Collection of Poor Rates
  " 3d   "   "  20th Inst No. 752 - M/49. accompanying Returns of Expenses & Liabilities
  " 4     "   "  21st Inst No. 77897/49 relative to the Valuation of the Union
  " 5     "   "  same date No. 77897/49 relative to a Report from the Medical officer of the Workhouse
  " 6     "   "  same date No. 77896/49 relative to certain informalities in the Collectors Books
  " 7     "   "  same date accompanying Copy of a statement of John Lillis Poor Rate Collector
    8th  of the same Date No. 79 314/1849 relative to the making a Rate on Kilkee Elec Division

The following report was handed in by the master, Viz,
A return of Admissions and Discharges at Kilrush Workhouse from 18th November to 22nd December 1849
        Date/49                                              admissions,              Discharges,              Deaths,              observations
Week Ending 24th Nov.                                 280                            75                          1                         "     "
Week ending 1st Dec.                                     205                          159                          7                         "     "
Week ending 8th Dec.                                    237                          139                          7                          "     "
Week ending 13th Dec.                                 154                           291                        15                          "     "
Week ending 22nd Dec.                                169                          183                         19         up to 12 o’clock Saturday
The Rate Books for Killimer & Knock have been this day duly signed @ 3s/= in the

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Last Medical Reports for Week ending 22.d Dec. / 49
Number In Infirmary by last report                                     219
Admitted During the Week                                                   76
Discharges                 22                                                      295
Sent to Hospital          4
died                           14                                                         40
Number in Infirmary this day                                             255
In Fever hospital                                                                   90
" Girls dysentry wards                                                         11
" ditto skin Disease wards                                                    67
" Boys ditto   ditto   ditto                                                     34
" Pock wards                                                                         8
" other Dormitories                                                                7
Total under medical treatment this day                             472
Deaths
In Infirmary         14
" Fever hospt.        4
other Dormitories  2
    Total                20

The cases of provisional relief, and applications for relief were considered and decided on, as set forth in the Application and Report Books.
The number of provisional admissions to the Workhouse confirmed was     "
Ditto disallowed - - - - -
The number of applicants admitted to the Workhouse was -                         199
The number of cases of provisional Out - door Relief was - -                           "
Do. do. in which relief was continued by the Guardians - -                              "
The number of other applicants in the Relieving Officer’s Books                   "
relieved by order of the Guardians was - "

The number of applicants for whom relief was not ordered.

The following Returns were furnished by the Relieving officers in accordance with instructions from Col. Vandeleur.
Applicants for Relief

Kilkee Divis                                                                                         Kilrush Division
Cases    Persons                                                                                  Cases     Persons
   116     324     No appearance                                                            Viz
    22       74      Refused Workhouse                                                     12             28          Admitted to W. House
    34       77      Admitted to W. House                                                11             55          Refusal of W. House
     7        26      Put on Relief                                                               72           296          Did not appear
179        501                                                                           Total :    95          379

Killofin Divs                                                                                        Knock Division
Cases    Persons                                                                                  Cases     Persons
  113       337    No appearance                                                            103         305         No appearance
   18         57    Refused Workhouse                                                       24           70         Refused Workhouse
    5         45     Took Workhouse                                                            10           37         Took Workhouse
    6         15     Ordered Relief                                                                 6           27          Ordered Relief
142       424                                                                                          143        439

Kildysart Division                                                                              Kilfidane Division
Cases     Persons                                                                                 Cases     Persons
   1             8    no apperance                                                                 46         187          no apperance
   1             3    Refused workhouse                                                         1             2          Refused w. house
   3             6    accepted workhouse                                                        6             7          accepted . W. house
25            23    Ordered Temporary Relief                                            17           71          ordered Relief
30           90                                                                                           70         267

Kilmurry, Division,                                                                              Killard, Division,
Cases    Persons                                                                                   Cases     Persons
   79        283   not Called                                                                      117        339         no appearance
   26         32    admitted to workhouse                                                      5          15          refused
105        315                                                                                          119        380          admitted
                                                                                                               19          75          put on Relief
                                                                                                              260        809

Moyarta Division
                                                         Cases        Persons
Dec 5th                                                125          446      not Called
10 - 12                                                  56           133         "        "
                                                           181          579       on Wednesday 12th Dec. / 49
                                                            91           267       not Called
                                                              8             26       admitted
                                                            79           274       no appearance
                                                              3             12       refused
                                                          181           579
Dec. 19th / 49.                                    19             47
                                                             3               8        out door Relief
                                                             5               8        admitted
                                                             4             15        no appearance
                                                             7             16        refused
                                                           19             47
            Total                                     200           626

The Board adjourned to Monday the 24th Inst, when no business was transacted save the signing of a few cheques and orders.

Benjamin Cox Chairman Dec. 29 1849

Next Meeting of the Guardians to be held on

Saturday the 29 day of December 1849

(Signed) E J Kennelly

Clerk of the Union


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