Kilrush Union Minute Books 1849

Meeting held on Saturday, 29th day of December, 1849

Kilrush UNION

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                Population in 1841,                                                              Present Net Annual Value,

                STATE of the WORKHOUSE for the Week ending Saturday, the 22nd 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

 

1730

 

 

 

____

2830

 

 

 

 

Male

 

 

 

 

 

Fem

 

 

 

 

Male

 

 

 

 

Fem

 

 

 

 

Boys

 

 

 

 

Girls

       
Remaining on previous Saturday,

as per last Return,

466

486

33

27

453

475

225

71

36

2272

Admitted during the Week,

48

50

4

3

35

36

12

8

1

197

TOTAL,

514

536

37

30

488

511

237

79

37

2469

Discharged during the Week,

Died, . . . . . .

60

3

27

1

1

3

2

1

27

2

26

3

5

1

8

1

3

5

159

20

Total Discharged and Dead,

63

28

4

3

29

29

6

9

8

179

REMAINING ON THE ABOVE DATE ,

451

508

33

27

459

482

231

70

29

2290


RETURN of D
ESTITUTE PERSONS relieved out of the Workhouse, as by Relief Lists, for the last Week ended Saturday, the 22d day of December/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.

658

1673

"

"

658

1673

No. II.

488

1150

"

"

488

1150

No. III.

517

1525

"

"

517

1525

No. IV.

595

1785

"

"

595

1785

No. V.

495

1211

"

"

495

1211

No. VI.

235

763

"

"

235

763

No. VII.

445

889

"

"

445

889

No. VIII.

377

1013

"

"

377

1013

No. IX.

211

504

"

"

211

504

Car forward

4021

10513

"

"

4021

10513

COPY of MINUTES of Proceedings of the Board of Guardians, at a Meeting held on Saturday the 29th day of December 1849.
P
RESENT : In the Chair, Benjamin Cox Esqr V.C.
                Other Guardians : Robert Borough Michael Brew Francis Corry John Cuggran
Thomas Daley Cornelius Doherty R.H. Donovan Rick Fitzpatrick Francis Greene
Denis Hynes Tim Kelly Thos. Lillis Thos. Linnane Michl. Meers Danl. Mulvihill
Michl. O’Donnell Wilm. O’Donnell Francis O’Donnell John Pilkington Thos. Studdert
Michl. Studdert and George Taylor.

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 was read a second time.
 
 
 

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

Rate in aid received
     Kilmurry                 41 : 11 :  0
    Killard                     10 :   7 : 10
    Moyarta                    4 : 17 :   9
    Kilballyowen           14 :   3 :   6
                              106 : 19 :   6

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,    -                                                          731.    15.    8
Paid during the week,     -     -      -     -                                            250.      2.    7
And that the Balance on the Account against the
Guardians was    -     -     -      -                                                        1266.    10.    3
The Book was signed by the Chairman.

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

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

arrears last Minute

New Rate

Total

Name of each Collector

Name of Electoral Division

Collected and Lodged

Remaining

 

640

438

16

1

5

2

1523

1159

8

10

11

"

2164

1597

5

11

4

2

William Brew Kilrush

Kilmurry

179

343

s

17

17

d

6

"

1984

1253

s

7

14

d

10

2

1078

17

7

2682

18

11

3761

16

6

   

523

14

6

3238

2

"

67

183

151

135

157

6

11

8

1

9

6

7

4

6

11

382

575

439

505

722

3

10

14

11

18

10

1

1

8

8

449

759

591

640

880

10

1

2

13

8

4

8

5

2

7

Jno Whitestone Killimer

Knock

Killofin

Kilfiddane

Kildysert

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

449

759

591

640

880

10

1

2

13

8

4

8

5

2

7

694

17

10

2625

18

4

3320

16

2

   

"

"

"

3320

16

2

197

310

14

5

31

"

"

"

"

"

"

197

310

14

5

3

1

  Kilmihill

Kilmacdooan

"

"

"

"

"

"

197

310

14

5

3

1

507

19

4

"

"

"

507

19

4

   

"

"

"

507

19

4

429

248

5

15

8

9

602

"

15

"

10

"

1032

248

1

15

6

9

Stephen Stacpoole Killard

Kilkee

85

"

6

"

6

"

946

248

15

15

"

9

678

1

5

602

15

10

1280

17

3

   

85

6

6

1195

10

9

323

94

18

9

10

5

694

376

2

13

2

4

1018

471

1

2

"

9

Patrick Healy Moyarta

Kilballyowen

51

70

16

17

10

10

966

400

4

4

2

11

418

8

3

1070

15

6

1489

3

9

   

122

14

8

1366

9

1

           

10360

13

"

               

3378

4

5

6982

8

7

19360

13

"

  Total, -

731

15

8

9628

17

4

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 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
128 9s. 6 d.
Collective Days 16,385
                                                                                                                                            s.        d.
Debit Provision Account, and Credit Invoice Account.
The Cost of Provisions and Necessaries consumed was                                 116.      6.      10
Debit Maintenance Account, and Credit Provision Account.
And the general average Cost of an Inmate for the
week was     -     -     -                                                                                                           1         0
Average cost in Infirmary    -     -                                                                                       2        2
Average cost in Fever Hospital,     -                                                                                 1       11

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:

4 Tons of Rye & Barley Bread
1 Ton of oat meal
4 Tons of Indian Meal
Milk 5701 Quarts
Meat 195 lbs
Flour Bread 1803 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 22nd day of December/49 ;whereby it appeared that in that week the Total Expenditure in Out-door Relief was
                                                                                          s.         d.
        In money,     -     -    -    -                                "          3.         8
        In kind,    -     -    -    -                                   96          0          7
                    Total,   -   -                                        96          4          3

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.

By Check on Treasurer

Article and
quantity.

Value . s. d.

No. I. Simon Boland " 5 tons 36. 5. 0
No. II. Jno. Molony " 4 " 32. 12. 6
No. III. Thos. Guinnane " 4 " 29. 0. 0
No. IV. Nickl. Lillis " 5 " 39. 17. 6
No. V. Jno. O’Gorman " 3 " 21. 15. 0
No. VI. Patt Kelly " 3 " 21. 15. 0
No. VII. George Brew " 2 14. 10. 0
No. VIII. Danl Gorman " 3 21. 15. 0
No. IX. Thos. McInerney " 1 9. 1. 3
Car. forwd     31 226. 11. 3

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.
Patt O’Connor Clothing on ac/c                                                     3          3          "
William Hennessy     ditto     ditto                                                 11        13          8

Debit Clothing Account and Credit Treasurer, with the several sums as above.
                2. Establishment Account.
Charles McDonnell Coffins
for drowned Paupers                                                                       7          4           "

Debit Establishment Account, and Credit Treasurer, with the several sums as above.
            3. Workhouse Invoice Account.
Wilm. Lumsden Provisions                                                            33         6          11
Garret Doherty     ditto                                                                   60         "          "

Messrs. J.N. Russell & sons, do,                                                     88         5
Alicia Lucas Milk on ac/c                                                               13         7          "
Glanville Elliott      ditto                                                                   3         6          "
J.N. Russell & sons provisions                                                        53         5          "

Fever Hospitals Dispensaries
Wilm. Lumsden                                                                           16.        2.         10
Rd. Pilkington                                                                                 4.       15.          9

Debit Workhouse Invoice Account, and Credit Treasurer, with the several sums as above.
                4. Out-door Relief Invoice Account
Messrs J.N. Russell & Son                                                           218       15           "

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 Richard H. Donovan Resolved with reference to the Commissioners letter of the 10th Instant in which it is stated that the Commissioners. would not feel justified in applying to the Treasury on behalf of the Kilrush Union, as they do not think the resources of the Union, have been made available to the utmost possible extent which is an essential condition to a grant being made in any Union and the Commissioners feel bound to state that the Guardians have not taken any effective steps to comply with it. In reply as before stated this Board are of opinion that the rate fixed on was as high as the present condition of the union would admit at this particular season and the Board beg to remind the Commissioners that in September 1848 where the Liabilities of the Union were 20,500 nearly one third over what they are now. The Vice Guardians only struck a similar rate, although made two months earlier in the season when a higher rate could have been much easier collected and when the country was in a better condition, which rate was not alone sanctioned by the Commissioners but from the day it was made several free grants were sent to the Union through Captain Kennedy and again in March 1849 when the position of the union was nearly similar to what it is now. Liberal free grants were made to the Union, almost from the day the rate was struck. This Board had therefore the example of the Vice Guardians who had been for months in office, and knew well what the Union could bear and they only expect from the Commissioners the same assistance so freely given their predecessors.

The Commissioners again state that on the first day of meeting Captain Kennedy brought the financial State of the union under the special notice of the Board and had the estimates, together with nine of the Rate Books out of 13, laid before them and there does not appear to the Commissioners any sufficient reason why the poundage Rate should not then be determined, this however the Guardians did not do, but adjourned the consideration of the subject until the 5th when only three Guardians attended and no decision was arrived at nor the requisite notice given until the 17th. The Board beg in reply to say that even if they were disposed to make a rate on their first meeting unprecedented as such a course would be, Captain Kennedy‘s report was in itself sufficient to prevent their doing so in as much as he represented that there should be to their Credit in the Bank 6,000 being a balance of 2,000 the Treasurer had agreed to allow them to overdraw and an outstanding uncollected Rate of 4000 coming in at the Rate of 400 a week, and further the Board state that the abstracts of accounts, financial statements of liabilities etc. were not printed or laid before them until some days after, and the Board submit that those documents were necessary before any correct conclusion could be come to as to the adjournment to the 5th referred to. There is not one member of the Board that understood the adjournment to be for the purpose of striking a rate but that a few members should come together to see what reduction could be made in Salaries etc. and to make themselves acquainted with the routine of business accounts etc.

The Commissioners will also bear in mind that of the nine furnished books they refer to, the dismissed Collectors Bourke and McDonnell collected from four of those so that in point of fact had they been otherwise prepared they could only have commenced their collection on five divisions, the rate was agreed upon the 10th and its not being confirmed or the requisite notice served it was not intentional on the part of the Board. The Commissioners state that the resolution of the board of Guardians to alter the Collecting Districts and to advertise for new Collectors materially prejudice the Collection on this point the Board feel the Commissioners were misinformed and at all events the result of the advertisements turned out most beneficial to the Union, as the rate of poundage was thereby reduced from one shilling to four pence making a saving of 290 on the present rate alone while at the same time no material alteration was made either in the divisions or Collectors, as to want of confidence on the part of the Contractors from any act of the present Board all confidence was gone before their commencement in office and this Board are satisfied that no act of theirs increased it but the contrary can be shown by many circumstances.

In conclusion this Board beg to state that they returned to office under difficulties perhaps without a parallel that they have done their best as far as their knowledge and ability went to overcome those difficulties and they did expect the co-operation of the Commissioners. The Board do not feel they deserve the censure put upon them nor do they think that censure was borne out by circumstances and it will now be for them to consider, whether they will not demand from a higher tribunal a full and searching enquiry as well into their own conduct as into all matters connected with this unfortunate Union for the last two years. In the meantime they again and again entreat the Commis. not to withhold from the Union any assistance in their power to bestow in consequence of alleged neglect on the part of this Board and without which this Union will be reduced to a more deplorable state that it has heretofore arrived at.

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    -         441
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. -

Proposed by Geo Taylor and Seconded by Denis Hynes, Resolved, In reply to the Commissioners letter of the 27th December in consequence of the great depreciation in the value of land and other reatable property and the existing valuation having been made so long back as the Year 1841- with the knowledge of the fact of the great number of appeals now being made to the valuation on the grounds of it being both high and unequal and that the revision lately made has not in any way whatsoever reduced the valuation, and that the revising officer has no authority to do so, that several of the Board feel themselves aggrieved in the valuation of their own holdings, and will be compelled to appear at the quartersessions as applicants, and who if a revaluation was forthwith ordered would not resort to such a proceeding, considering unbecoming of them to do so we therefore press on the Commissioners the absolute necessity of at once ordering a revaluation on the above grounds, and we are convinced that it would be attended, with the most benificial results.

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The Clerk reported that he had lodged a sum of 169. 7. 4d to the Credit of the union being the amount of a verdict had at the last Ennis assizes in the matter of the vice Guardians against Simon O’Donnell, and had handed Mr. Purcell Solicitor to the Board 60. 6. 8d being the balance for costs of execution for which the Clerk produced and read Mr. Purcells receipts.

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The following letter was handed in by Mr. Purcell Viz,
Gentlemen,
My attention being called by the Board, to the Commissioners letter of the 13th Inst as to the facts of any reason existing for preferring proceedings in the superior Courts to those by civil bill in the case of Immediate lessors.
I beg to state for the information of the Guardians that though it is open to adopt proceeding by Civil bill in those cases, and that as of course that proceeding will be adopted in the majority of them yet that in some ten or twelve of those Cases, where large amounts were in arrear that such a facility exists in the Civil Bill Courts for taking a successful advantage on the part of the debt, of technical points that to ensure a speedy settlement of those heavy claims in the present exhausted condition of your finances a proceeding in the cases alluded to should be taken in the superior Courts. Calculated to bring those parties to a speedy settlement, it is right here to observe that those persons, had been applied to by letter for their arrears, but to which they made no reply.
                                                                                         (Signed)
                                                                                               Bryan Purcell

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Proposed by George Taylor Seconded by Michael Studdert, Resolved, that it appears that an area of 9. 6. 3d has been brought forward against Charles Mc Donnell owner of the Police Barracks in Toler Street Kilrush, and an area of 13. 13. 0d against Colonel C. M. Vandeleur owner of the military Barracks at Cappa, and as it appears those several premises were not liable prior to the passing of the late act of Parliament it is now ordered that the Collector be instructed not to levy those sums
The Clerk requested to know the final determination of the Board relative to the new Rate on Kilkee with the view of having the Rate Book completed which, he was ordered accordingly to do so.

________________

Martin Mahony’s tender for supplying the Workhouse until the 25th of March 1850 with best beef and mutton at 3d p lb which was accepted.

________________

Captain Kennedy laid before the Board a bill for Coffins of drownded paupers amounting to 7. 4. 0d which was ordered to be placed to the Union account etc.

________________

Proposed by R. H. Donovan Seconded by Francis Donnell, Resolved, that Gareth Doherty be paid 60 on account.

________________

The Clerk reported that on examination of Mr John Lillis (late Rate Collector) books, he found that receipts had been passed to parties in the Kilmihill and Kilmacdooane Divisions to the amount of 18."11" 0d which had been brought into the Collecting Books, but not into the abstracts or to the credit of the Union. Ordered that Mr Lillis do lodge the money on Monday the 31st or he shall be proceeded against.

________________

Proposed by Corneilus Doherty Seconded by Francis O’Donnell, Resolved, that the reduction of the Relieving officer for Kilmurry be reduced from 45 to 40.

________________

James Kelly was appointed Rate Collector for the Electoral Division of Kilmacdooane at four pence to the . Subject to the sanction of the Poor Law Commissioners - securities named Matt & Michael Kenny of Beagh Castle.

________________

It being now 6 o’clock the Board adjourned to Monday the 31st December when the Guardians were engaged in considering the complaints of parties, who felt aggrieved by under and over rating.

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Medical Report for Week ending Saturday 29th December 1849
Number in Infirmary & Fever Hospital by last report                 346
Admitted into both places during the Week                                  98
                                                                                                    444
Discharged from both places                             84
Died in both places                                           15                        99
Total under Medical treatment in both places this day              345
In Girls dysentery wards                                                               2
In Skin disease wards                                                                 125
In small pock wards                                                                     18
In other Dormitories                                                                      6
Total under Medical Treatment this day                                   496
        Deaths
In Fever Hospital                     1
In Infirmary                          14
In Factory                               1
In small Pock wards  
           2
Total                                    18

________________

Benjamin Cox
      Chairman
5th Jany 1850

Next Meeting of the Guardians to be held on

Saturday the 5th day of January 1850.

(Signed) E. J. Kennelly

Clerk of the Union.

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