Kilrush Union Minute Books 1849

Meeting held on Saturday, 24th day of November, 1849

Kilrush UNION.

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STATE of the WORKHOUSE for the Week ending Saturday, the 17 day of Novem 1849.

Number of Inmates for
which accommodation is
provided:-
Workhouse                 1100
Temporary
Buildings,
Additional
Workhouse,                1580
Permanent
Fever Hospital,
Fever Sheds                ____
Total,                          2680


RETURN of D
ESTITUTE PERSONS relieved out of the Workhouse, as by Relief Lists, for the last Week ended Saturday, the 17 day of Novem/49 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 relieved 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.

703

1798

"

"

703

1798

No. II.

534

1510

"

"

534

1510

No. III.

501

1381

"

"

501

1381

No. IV.

682

1936

"

"

682

1936

No. V.

491

1225

"

"

491

1225

No. VI.

447

1089

"

"

447

1089

No. VII.

525

1062

"

"

525

1062

No. VIII.

377

1013

"

"

377

1013

No. IX.

189

469

"

"

189

469

Car forward

4449

11483

"

"

4449

11483


COPY of MINUTES of Proceedings of the Board of Guardians, at a Meeting held on Saturday the 24 day of November 1849

PRESENT: In the Chair,  Benjamin Cox Esq

           Other Guardians:   Jonas Studdart J.P.           Robt Boroug J.P.           Geo Studdart J.P.
Danl O Grady J.P.               Michl Brew                      Rick FPatrick                Thomas Lillis
Danl Mulvihill                    Fra Corry                          Francis Greene              Thomas Linnane
Michl O Donnell                 Thomas Daley                   John Healy                     Edm O Mahony             Jno Pilkington
Corns. Doherty                   Denis Hynes                      Michl Myers                 Thomas Studdart            RH Donovan Timothy Kelly                     Ambrose Moore                 Michl. Studdart and
                                                            Captain Kennedy    Inspector Present


The Minutes of last Meeting were read and Signed.
The Workhouse Register was produced, examined, and authenticated, from No. 22364 to No. 22664, both inclusive, by the signature of the Chairman, and countersignature of the Clerk.

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, -                                           147.     5.    2.
Paid during the week, - - - -                                            74.     3.    "
And that the Balance on the Account against the
Guardians was - - - -                                                     1555.  10.   10.
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.

Alex McMahon Kilrush

40

s.

15

d.

4

665

s.

13

d.

5

   

40

15

4

665

13

5
Danl McDonnell Killimer

Knock

"

"

"

"

"

"

67

183

6

11

6

7

   

"

"

"

250

18

1
Saml Bourke Killofin

Kilfiddane

Kildysart

9

5

"

9

13

"

8

5

"

151

135

157

8

1

9

4

61/8

111/8

   

15

3

1

443

19

9
John Lillis Kilmihill

Kilmacdooan

27

10

17

6

1

"

234

341

8

3

1

4

   

38

3

1

575

11

6
William Brew Kilmurry

21

11

11

447

5

3
   

21

11

11

447

5

3
Stephen Stacpoole Killard

Kilkee

"

"

"

"

"

"

468

304

2

17

1

3

   

"

"

"

772

19

4
Patrick Healy Moyarta

Kilballyowen

5

26

9

2

9

"

360

99

12

7

"1/8

65/8

   

31

11

9

450

19

6
  Total, -

147

5

2

3616

7

1

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
104. 13s. 4d.
                                                                                                                                  s.         d.
Debit Provision Account, and Credit Invoice Account.
The Cost of Provisions and Necessaries consumed was                      102.       8.        9
Debit Maintenance Account, and Credit Provisions Account.
And the general average Cost of an Inmate for
the week was - - -                                                                                                        1.        0
Average cost in Infirmary, - -                                                                                    1.        9
Average cost in Fever Hospital, -

The Master’s estimate of Provisions and Necessaries required for the ensuing week was examined, and Orders were duly made for the several articles specified, namely:

        Rye & Barley Meal      4 Tons
        Meat                        151 lbs
        Ind Meal                     2 Tons
        Milk                     4286 quarts
        Sugar                      14 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 Account.
                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 17th day of Nov/49 ; whereby it appeared that in that week the Total Expenditure in Out-door Relief was
                                                                                         s.         d.
        In money - - - -                                                        11.       9
        In kind - - - -                                               226.       9.        9
                                Total, - -                              227.       1.        6

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. Simon Boland 5 Tons 35. 0. 0
No. II. Jno Moloney 4 " 31. 10. 0
No. III. Thomas Guinnane 4 " 28. 0. 0
No. IV. Nicholas Lillis 5 " 38. 10. 0
No. V. Jno OGorman 3 " 21. 0. 0
No. VI. Patt Kelly 3 " 21. 0. 0
No. VII. Geo Brien 2 " 14. 0. 0
No. VIII. Danl Gorman 3 " 21. 0. 0
No. IX. Thos Mc Inerney 1 " 8. 15. 0
Car. forwd.   31 218. 15. 0

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

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

In accordance with a letter from Doctor Considine a sum of 12 : 16 . (due to him for Salary is transferred to the credit of Thomas Moroney and a sum of 10 : 0. to the credit to Michael Studdert

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Randal Boroughs Tender for the distribution & carriage of Meal in Moyarta @ 10/ - P week and 2/4 P Ton, was accepted.

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The Clerk reported that in accordance with the Boards orders on Saturday last he had communicated with John Boland Steward @ Leadmore Auxiliary, and that he had consented to accept 10. a year with Apartment and Rations (same as Workhouse porter) instead of his present wages of 9/= p Week, and to discharge the duties of Porter or Wardman.
The Board made an order accordingly subject to the approval of the poor Law Commissioners

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The Clerk recommended that the Rate Collectors Messrs McMahon, Bourke, McDonnell & Lillis should attend here on Thursday, Messrs Brew, Stackpool, & P Healy on Friday next, for the purpose of transferring the outstanding arrears, to the new Rate Books, and that the collection should be suspended, pending the making of the New Rate.
Ordered Accordingly

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The following orders of the Poor Law Commissioners were laid before the Board and directions given thereon, as follows :

The Clerk further recommended that all arrears of Rates considered irrecoverable should be inserted on the Minutes as such prior to the transfer of the outstanding Recoverable Arrears into the New Rate Books.
The Clerk respectfully begs leave to impress on the Board the urgent necessity of an immediate and satisfactory adjustment to those arrears.

The following Letters from the Poor Law Commissioners 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 13th Nov/ 49.    No     72.410/49.
  "    2nd   of the    same date       No    703 M/49
  "    3d      "  "    14th Nov/49    No    72764/49
  "    4th     "  "    16th Nov/49    No    71.392/49
  "    5        "   "     same date        "      70.827/49
  "    6        "   "     same date        "      70.827/49
  "    7        "   "     same date        "      70827/49
  "    8        "   "   17th Novem      "       51.337/49
  "    9        "   "   21st Novem      "       71.359
                                                               1849
  "  10        "  "    23d Novem       "       77.779/49
  "  11        "  "      same date        "      73.992/49
  "  12        "  "      same date        "      71358/49
  "  13        "  "     same date         "      72799/49
  "  14        "  "     same date         "      72799/49
  "  15        "  "     same date         "      72799/49
  "  16        "  "    24 Nov /49       "       72799/49
      17        "   "   24   "      "                73987/49

Proposed by Michael Studdert seconded by Michl Brew & carried unanimously, Resolved that a Committee of 3 or 5 Members of this Board be formed with a view to ascertain the state of the Union on the day that the former Board of Elected Guardians had been dissolved stating the number of persons then receiving relief, with the salaries of the different persons their under pay and the state of the funds and liabilities generally of this Union.
And also to state the number of Persons receiving relief with the amount of salaries to the different persons under pay & the state of the Fund and liabilities generally on the day that the present elected Guardians came into office and that said Committee do frame resolutions in accordance to the results of their enquiry for the approval of the next meeting of Guardians in order that several copies of the same be printed and published for the inspection of the Rate Payers of the Union.

The cases of provisional relief , and application for relief were considered and decided on, as set forth in the Application and Report Book.
The number of provisional admissions to the Workhouse confirmed was       67
Ditto, disallowed - - - - -                                                                                               "
The number of applicants admitted to the Workhouse was -                            300
The number of cases of provisional Out-door relief was - -                                 23
Do. do. in which relief was continued by the Guardians - -                                 23
The number of applicants in the Relieving Officer’s Books
relieved by order of the Guardians was - - -                                                           80

The number of applicants for whom relief was not ordered -

The Bonds and others securities in force were laid before the Guardians by the Clerk, together with his Report thereon, as follows: (this on the second meeting after the Annual Election in every year)

With reference to the Comrs letter of the 23d Nov/49 No 72.779. Proposed by Thomas Studdert and seconded by Robert H Borough, resolved that it is the opinion of this Board that a rate not higher then 3s/6d in the Pound be struck for this Union and that we have increased the 6d with a view of meeting as far as possible the views of the Commss and we are further of opinion striking a higher Rate from the present state of the County would never be collected

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Proposed by Robert H. Borough & seconded by Michael Brew. Resolved. That the Majority of the Board of Guardians appointed to enquire after the Out Door Temporary Medical department of this Union have come to the conclusion that the necessity which had created this staff no longer exist, and that they do recommended their removal - carried by a Majority of 19 to 6

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The following amendment was proposed by Richard H Donovan & seconded by Ml ODonnell Resolved. That we think it a great hardship on the poor of the Union that they should by altogether deprived of Medical Aid, without providing some other means to alleviate their sufferings and the means proposed are to provide large In Door accommodation or to enlarge the Medical districts thereby lessening the Medical staff and at the same time providing in some measure for the attendance on the Poor. Lost by 19 to 6.

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John Deloherys Tender for the situation of Master Tailor of the Workhouse @5/= p Week was accepted

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John M Shannons Tender for measuring the Broken stone through the Union @ p Cubic yard was accepted

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Proposed by Thomas Daly, seconded by Thos Linnane Resolved. That there ought to be a Rate Collector appointed to each Electoral Division in the Union caused by a Majority of 23 to 2

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Proposed by George Taylor Seconded by Mr Brew Resolved that competent persons be advised for to send in Tenders for the Collection of the forth coming rate, accompanied with names of two solvent sureties

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Proposed by Michael O Donnell seconded by Edmond Mahony. Resolved That in accordance with the notice given this day fortnight the 3d Inst by Frances O Donnell the Clerk do advertise for a competent person or persons to revalue the Union, @ a Salary or remuneration to be fixed on by the Board.

Mr Daniel Mc Donnell Rate Collector Tendered his resignation which was accepted.

The Clerk was directed to call upon Mr Samuel Bourke Rate Collector to send in his resignation.

Proposed by Richd H Donovan Seconded by Rob H Borough Resolved. That, in consequence of the delay that would be caused by the striking of a New Rate it is proposed to rescind the Motion which has been adopted this day of an increase of 6d in the and to adhere to our former resolution @ the same time sending forward to the Commss an explanation of the state of our affairs & of the difficulties we have to contend with.

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Proposed by Richard H Donovan Seconded by Mr Brew Resolved that the Board of Guardians make application to the Poor Law Commss for a Loan until the Board are in position to refund same which they propose doing by instalment & that they are counselled to make such application in consequence of the state of their present finances being reduced to perfect bankruptcy & their credit completely ruined, & in addition that owing to some unfortunately in the Collectors Books the Collection of the Arrears of Poor Rate due is declared to be perfectly illegal.

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Proposed by H Donovan & seconded by George Taylor Resolved that a statement of the Financial Condition of the Union be immediately forwarded to Commss & the Government, it being perfectly Bankrupt & the Guardians unable to get credit for one shilling without making themselves personally responsible for same. That the Collection of the arrear of Rate is declared to be illegal and also as the New Rate cannot be made available for some time to come they think they are only multiplying themselves by continuing in office if either can initiate Loan or grant is not afforded to them

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Mr Daniel O Grady gave notice that I will on this day fortnight move for an account of the expense of the Kildysart temp Dispensary established as also the expense attending on all the different other Temp Dispensaries established with a view to have them closed where there are county Dispensaries established

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Mr Martins Tender for 80 yards of Broken stone @ 7d p yard was accepted

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Benjamin Cox chairman Dec 1 - 1849


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