Kilrush Union Minute Books 1849

Meeting held on Saturday, 28th day of April, 1849

Kilrush UNION.

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STATE of the WORKHOUSE for the Week ending Saturday the 21st day of April 1849 .

Number of Inmates for

which accommodation is

provided:-

Workhouse,        1100

Temporary

Buildings,

 

Aged

and

Infirm.

 

Able-bodied.

 

 

 

Boys

 

Girls

 

Children under
2 years.

 

Born.

 

 

 

Total.

Additional

Workhouse,          280

Permanent

Fever Hospital,

Fever Sheds,        150

Total,                 1530

 

Male

 

Fem

 

Male

 

Fem

     

 

Male

 

Fem

 
Remaining on previous Saturday, as per last Reurn.

76

56

200

375

331

309

9

"

"

1356

Admitted during the Week.

14

13

43

87

26

25

6

"

"

214

TOTAL,

90

69

243

462

357

334

15

"

"

1580

Discharged during the Week

Died . . . .

1

7

1

"

13

"

36

"

6

4

7

1

"

2

"

"

"

"

64

14

Total Discharged and Dead

8

1

13

36

10

8

2

"

"

78

REMAINING ON THE ABOVE DATE.

82

68

230

426

347

326

13

"

"

1492

 

 

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,             189

In Fever

Hospital               88

Total,                 277

In separate

Wards,

In Wards

with other

Inmates,         __ 

Total,              6


RETURN of D
ESTITUTE PERSONS relieved out of the Workhouse, as by Relief Lists, for the last Week ended Saturday, the 21st day of April/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.

No. II.

No. III.

No. IV.

No. V.

No. VI.

No. VII.

No. VIII.

No. IX.

723

503

470

651

616

372

496

352

157

1865

1237

1203

1836

1102

962

924

806

381

369

294

365

759

910

647

346

682

320

1416

983

1278

2443

2219

1608

1196

2051

931

1092

797

835

1410

1526

1019

842

1034

477

3281

2220

2481

4279

3321

2570

2120

2857

1312

Car. forward

4340

10316

4692

12125

9032

24441

COPY of Minutes of Proceedings of the Board of Guardians, at a Meeting held on Saturday the 28th day of April 1849

PRESENT: In the Chair, Edmund Kelly Esq

Other Guardians: Michael Meagher. Esq

Captain Kennedy Inspector Present

The Minutes of last Meeting were read and Signed.
The Workhouse Register was produced, examined, and authenticated, from No. 16701 to No. 16892, both inclusive, by the signature of the Chairman, and countersignature of the Clerk.
The Out-door Relief Register was produced, examined, and authenticated from No. 12721 to No. 13,001 inclusive, by the signature of the Chairman, and countersignature of the Clerk.

The Treasure’s Book of Receipts and Payments was produced, by which it appeared that there had been received during the week -                                          15.
Paid during the week - - - -                                        614.  0.  10
And that the Balance on the Account against the
Guardians was - - - -                                                  1966.  3.   6
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 :-
(The amts declared by the Guardians as being irrecoverable in last Board day and here deducted from amounts Remaining uncollected on same day on the several Electoral Divns.)

Declared unrecoverable on last Board day.

Name of each Collector.

Name of Electoral Division.

Collected and Lodged.

Remaining.

 

 

19

5

4 A Mc Mahon Kilrush

"

s.

"

d.

"

2486

s.

7

d.

11

19

5

4    

"

"

"

2486

7

11

"

"

"

"

"

"

Daniel M’Donnell Killimer

Knock

"

"

"

"

"

"

348

730

9

10

6

1

"

"

"    

"

"

"

1114

19

7

5

14

34

18

5

17

8

10

2

Samuel Bourke Killofin

Kilfiddane

Kildysert

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

686

655

706

2

9

2

7

113/8

23/8

55

2

1    

"

"

"

2047

14

8

1

5

11

14

3

9

John Lillis Kilmihil

Kilmacdooan

"

"

"

"

"

"

760

1083

4

15

8

8

6

6

"    

"

"

"

1844

0

5

"

"

" Wm Brew Kilmurry

"

"

"

2104

6

3

"

"

"    

"

"

"

2104

6

3

"

12

"

5

"

1

S. Stackpoole Killard

Kilkee

15

"

"

"

"

"

1227

108

2

8

8

10

12

5

4    

15

"

"

1335

11

6

31

26

4

7

5

6

Patt Healy Moyarta

Killballyowen

"

"

"

"

"

"

1177

605

11

9

103/8

65/8

57

11

11    

"

"

"

1783

1

5

151

10

5   Total, -

15

"

"

12716

11

11

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 26 . 17 . 11 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 Lists 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
103 14s. 6d.
Collective days 9896
                                                                                        s.    d.
Debit Provision Account and Credit Invoice Account.                   94.    11.    7.
The Cost of Provisions and Necessaries consumed was
Debit Maintenance Account, and Credit Provision Account.
And the general average Cost of an Inmate for the
week was - - -                                                                                                   1.    3.
Average cost in Infirmary - -                                                                         2.    0.
Average cost in Fever Hospital - -                                                               2.    2

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 :

        Milk             4330 quarts        Rice        Ton
        Meat             186 lbs              1st Flour  1 Ton
        Whiskey          1 gallon         Tea           7 lbs
        Rye Meal         Ton          Sugar        3 Stones
        Barley Meal     Ton          Pepper      2 Stone
        Indian Meal    2 Ton           Butter        1 lb.
        Oatmeal          5 Sacks

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 21st day of April /49 ; whereby it appeared that in that week the total Expenditure in Out-door Relief was
                                                                 s.     d.
In money, - - - -                                 "     10.    "
In kind, - - - -                                  583.  16.   8.
Total, - -                                          584.    6.   8.

Credit each Relieving Officer as per Receipt and Expenditure Book.

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.
Wm. Peacock for Wool                                                                  9     17      "

Debit Clothing Account and Credit Treasurer, with the several sums as above.
                3. Clerk of Union Account
Clerk of Union for petty disbursements                                        34     7       3

Debit Clerk of Union Account, and Credit Treasurer, with the several sums as above.
                4. Out-door Relief Invoice Account
Wm Lumsden for Bread in ac/c                                                    5       2       9

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 :
The following are the days appointed by the Vice Guardians for revising the Relief Lists for the Week ending 12 May viz-     Tuesday      the   8th May for Kilballyowen @ Cross
           Wednesday  "     9th     "     "   Killofin at Labasheeda
          Thursday      "    10th    "     "  Killard @ Dunbeg
          Friday          "    11th     "     "  Kilrush & Killimer @
                                                           Boardroom

Daniel McDonnell, Alex McMahon & Patt Healy Rate Collectors have given cheques for the Deficit appearing respectively against them on the last Minutes, viz
Daniel McDonnell        136.  18.     9
Alex McMahon                   8. 13.      1
Patt Healy                         17.   0.    10

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John Scanlans tender for slating the Sheds for the old clothes store has been accepted.

A letter from John Hennessy was read, tendering his resignation of his situation as Workhouse Porter which was accepted. The Clerk was ordered to advertise for a porter in his place @ a Salary of 14 - p annum and rations to be considered on Saturday the 12th Inst

In consequence of Mr Meaghers (Vice Guardian) visit to the Meal Depot at Kilmurry on Tuesday last and finding numbers of the Paupers without food owning to the negligence of the Distributor (Mr James Kelly and from numerous complaints of a like nature made by Clergymen Relieving officers, & respectable Rate Payers) it has been resolved by the Vice Guardians to dismiss him forthwith and appoint another in his stead.

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

The Clerk has been directed to call upon the Chairmen of each Committee where a Cholera Hospital has been established to furnish forthwith a list of all expenses incurred to this period.

________________

The Clerk was ordered to write to the several Doctors of Temporary Dispensaries to visit weekly each Stone Breaking "Depot" within their Districts and to exempt from labour any person or persons whom they considered proper objects for such exemption.

________________

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 :)

1st No. 23254/1849 dated 20 April 1849, sanctioning that 2 oz of Rice in every 6 oz of Indian Meal should be used as dietary of all classes in the Workhouse.
2nd No. 23247/1849 dated 20 April 1849, with reference to a Resolution of the Vice Guardians, on the 26 March acceding to Mr. Foleys proposal to pay 1/3d. of the expenses attendant upon sending out Emigrants from Moyarta and Kilballyowen, and expressing their regret that the provisions of the 13th Section of the Irish Poor Relief Extension Act had not been attended to also stating that the Commissioners were in communication with Captain Kennedy with the view of obviating the difficulty

________________

The Vice Guardians have resolved that the services of the Steward, for clearing the town, be dispensed with from this day forward.
The Vice Guardians having taken into consideration the great extent of Mr Lillis
(Relieving officer) District, and he having performed his duty very much to their satisfaction, they have resolved to increase his salary to 50 p ann subject to the approval of the Poor Law Commissioners.

________________

John Kellys tender for supplying the Workhouse with New Milk from 1st day of May to 1 Novr. @ 1 p quart was accepted.

________________

Captain Kennedy having made a calculation by which he considered a large saving might be effected in the Tin work of the house, recommended that a workman be employed to make tins and platters in the Workhouse, and to instruct a few of the boys in his trade.

________________

Captain Kennedy informed the Vice Guardians that he had made inquiries and believes that Peter Griffin (or Griffy) and Widow Nash had been evicted and their houses levelled on the land of Finnemore Electoral Division of Kilmurry without legal notice having been served on the Relieving officer of the Districts.

The cases of provisional relief, and applications for relief were considered and decided on, as forth in the Application and Report Books.
The number of provisional admissions to the Workhouse confirmed was    28
Ditto, disallowed - - - - -                                                             "
The number of applicants admitted to the Workhouse was -                        106
The number of cases of provisional Out-door relief was - -                            56
Do. do in which relief was continued by the Guardians - -                             56
The number of other applicants in the Relieving Officer’s Books
relieved by order of the Guardians was - - -                                                   205

The number of applicants for whom relief was not ordered -

Captain Kennedy stated to the Guardians that he had attended the Inquest upon a boy who was scalded to death (accidentally) in the Boiler of the Factory Auxiliary Workhouse on Wednesday the 25th April & from all the circumstances elicited he is of opinion that the School Master in charge of the Establishment can not be trusted in the charge of a separate Establishment.
It was proved in evidence that he permitted the Boys to be employed till 12 or 1 o’Clock at night making Stirabout though two men were attached to the Establishment for that purpose
Captain Kennedy recommended that he be called upon to resign in which recommendation the Vice Guardians fully concur, from the habitual negligence of the Schoolmaster
Captain Kennedy recommended that the whole of the Dormitories be numbered and that the Number of persons they are calculated to accommodate should be painted on each door

________________

Complaints having been made of the quality of food issued as outdoor Rations, Captain Kennedy recommended that the Relieving Officers be instructed to inspect it on the first
day of Issue in each Week, and immediately forward a sample (say 7lbs) to the Vice Guardians together with a special Report should the food be of indifferent quality .

________________

The amounts declared by the Vice Guardians as been irrecoverable in the collection of the several Electoral Divisions on last B. day been duly credited to each collector
An Investigation having been held by Captain Kennedy & the Vice Guardians with respect to the substitution of adulterated for genuine Brandy, sent for the use of the Kilkee Cholera Hospital, they have come to the conclusion that the Brandy was so adulterated while under the charge of Mr Terence O’Brien (although there was no legal evidence to criminate him) and have decided that he should pay the cost of said Brandy

________________

Simon O Donnells tender for supplying the Workhouse with sweet Milk to 1st of Novr. next @ 1 p quart was accepted. 100 quarts

Francis Brews tender for supplying the Workhouse with sweet Milk ( 30 Quarts daily) Milk the 1st of Novr. @ 1 p Quart was accepted.

Patt Haughs Tender for Broken stone (400 Tons) @ Doonbeg @ 7d. p Ton was accepted

________________

The Vice Guardians have passed the following Resolution .
Resolved that the Commrs. be Memorialled for permission to occupy about 14A . 3R. of land adjourning the Workhouse in conformity with the 11 & 12 Victoria 1 sec C. 25.

Neptune Emersons Tender for supplying the Workhouse with 10 Quarts daily of New Milk @ p Quart to the 1st of Novr. was accepted .

Mary Culligans tender for supplying the Workhouse with 30 Quarts of New Milk daily to the 1st of November @ 1 p Quart was accepted.

The Clerk was directed to write the following letter of which is a copy to each of the Rate Collectors viz
"I have been directed by the Vice Guardians to call your most serious attention to the absolute necessity of enforcing the Rate in your Collecting District, without any loss of time

The heavy claims for relief and the depressed state of the finances of the Union call imperatively for the strident attention on your part to the above order and should you neglect complying promptly with such the Vice Guardians will take such steps as they are empowered by law to compel your compliance "

The Clerk brought under the notice of the Guardians several Discrepancies between the Receipt & Expenditure books of the R. Offs & the order cheque Books & Minutes for the half year ending 29th Sep / 48, which estimated the preparation of the accounts for Audit, to which the Clerks unremitting attention is devoted.

Medical Report for Week Ending Saturday April 28/49.
Total under treatment in Fever Hospital & Infirmary by last Report      250.
Admitted into both places this Week                                                         69
Discharged Cured                        72                                                       319
Died                                             15                                                         87
Total under treatment in both places                                                      232
In Girls Dysentery Ward                                                                          9
In Skin Disease                                                                                        54
" Old & Infirm                                                                                          8
                                                                                                              303

Deaths
In Infirmary     10
" Fr Hospital     5
                        15


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