Kilrush Union Minute Books 1849

Meeting held on Saturday, 30th day of November, 1849

Kilrush UNION.

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STATE of the WORKHOUSE for the Week ending Saturday, the 24th day of November 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 24th day of Nov /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.

705

1809

1

2

706

1811

No. II.

535

1440

"

"

535

1440

No. III.

598

1362

"

"

598

1362

No. IV.

686

1951

7

29

693

1980

No. V.

491

1224

"

"

491

1224

No. VI.

463

1145

"

"

463

1145

No. VII.

404

1032

"

"

404

1032

No. VIII.

381

1019

"

"

381

1019

No. IX.

198

485

"

"

198

485

Car forward

4461

11467

8

31

4469

11498

COPY of MINUTES of Proceedings of the Board of Guardians, at a Meeting held on Tuesday the 30th day of November 1849.

PRESENT : In the Chair, Benjamin Cox Esqr V.G

                Other Guardians:         Michael Brew            Francis Greene              Edmd Mahony
Thomas Studdert                            Thos Daley                 John Healy                    Jerry Moloney
Michl Studdert                               Corns Doherty           Denis Hynes                 Michl O Donnell
George Taylor,                               R H Donovan            Timothy Kelly               Francis O Donnell
Rick F.Patrick                                Francis Lillis              Jno Pilkington
                                                                Captain Kennedy Present


The Minutes of Last Meeting were read and Signed.
The Workhouse Register was produced, examined, and authenticated, from No. 22665 to No. 22863, 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, -                                                    118.    15.    9
Paid during the week, - - - -                                                    241.      4.    1
And that the Balance on the Account against the
Guardians was - - - -                                                               1667.    19.    2
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 in as follows:-

Name of each Collector.

Name of Electoral Division.

Collected and Lodged.

Remaining.

 

Alex McMahon

Kilrush

"

s.

"

d.

"

665

s.

13

d.

5

   

"

"

"

665

13

5
Danl McDonnell Killimer

Knock

"

"

"

"

"

"

67

183

6

11

6

7

   

"

"

"

250

18

1
Saml Bourke Killofin

Kilfiddane

Kildysart

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

"

151

135

157

8

1

9

4

61/8

111/8

   

"

"

"

443

19

9
John Lillis Kilmihill

Kilmacdooan

29

10

"

7

11

"

205

330

7

16

2

4

   

39

7

11

536

3

7
Wm Brew Kilmurry

9

4

1

438

1

2
   

9

4

1

438

1

2
Stephen Stacpoole Killard

Kilkee

21

25

11

12

6

6

446

279

10

4

7

9

   

47

4

"

725

15

4
Patrick Healy Moyarta

Kilballyowen

18

4

1

18

7

2

342

9

10

9

51/8

45/8

   

22

19

9

436

19

9
 

Total, -

118

15

9

3497

11

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 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 Necessaries received during the week, was 90. 14s. 10d.
                                                                                                                                  s.         d.
Debit Provision Account, and Credit Invoice Account.
The Cost Provision and Necessaries consumed was                           109.      16.      10
Debit Maintenance Account, and Credit Provisional Account
And the general average Cost of an Inmate for the
week was - - -                                                                                                              1.        0
Average cost in Infirmary - -                                                                                    2.        5
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 Bread           4 Tons
        Butter                              60 lbs
        Meat                              156 lbs
        1st Flour                           2 Tons
        Milk                           4957 quarts

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 24th day November whereby it appeared that in that week the Total Expenditure in Out-door relief was
                                                                          s.       d.
        In money, - - - -                              ".        8.        5
        In kind, - - - -                                220.    15.        8
                    Total, - -                            221.      4.        1

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:
                Clerk of Union                                                                                                      s.       d.
EJ Kennelly for petty disbursements                                                                            10        0        0

Debit Clothing Account and Credit Treasurer with the several sums as above.
                2. Establishment Account
EJ Kennelly for fitting Rate Books                                                                                10        0        0

Debit Establishment Account, and Credit Treasurer, with the several sums as above.
                3. Workhouse Invoice Account.
JN Russell & Sons for provisions supplied                                                                   41         "        "

Debit Workhouse Invoice Account and Credit Treasurer, with the several sums as above
Collection Account.
Saml Burke for collection on a/c                                                                                   13       11        6
Stephen Stackpoole Ditto                                                                                              17        5         "

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:

Captain Kennedy informed the Board that in compliance with a communication from the Poor Law Commissioners he had sent Bessy Conway the child of a convict from the Workhouse to the Grange Gorman convict Depot Dublin and would lay an account of the expences attendant upon her transmission before the Board for their consideration on a future day.

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Captain Kennedy drew the attention of the Guardians to the Relieving officers Abstract by which it appears that 12 persons were receiving Relief under 2nd section in Kilrush El Div 29 persons in Kilmihil E Div which is illegal

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Proposed by George Taylor, seconded by Thomas Studdert Resolved that we postpone the consideration of the appointment of Rate Collectors (which had been advertised for) to Saturday the 8 December next on which day the Board will appoint competent persons in the several Electoral Divisions

The Report of the Medical Officer was read,

Sir.
I have again to call your and the Boards attention to the want of lime & straw, as it is impossible to keep the house and its Auxiliaries in a clean or healthy state without these most important necessaries: I hope you will make arrangements for keeping up a constant and regular supply
The Surgery has not as yet been filled up so that Apothecary discharges his duties at considerable inconvenience. The patients in the Infirmary have been left for several days without getting the prescribed quantity of milk. I trust you will direct that a sufficiency be sent there in future. The Boys are still in a very unsatisfactory way and much in want of the caps &c. Many of the Inmates particularly those @ Leadmore Auxiliary house are very badly off for shoes and are consequently labouring under Pectoral affections. I remain &c
                                                                                    (Signed) Thos B O Donnell

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

George Taylor gave notice of motion for the 15 December/49 that taking the present state of our finances into account we feel that we are not in a position to increase our staff and that our resolution at a former meeting (relative to the appointments of an Assist. Matron, Assist. School Master, and Assist. School Mistress for Leadmore Auxiliary) resigned this day fortnight, and that the appointments be deferred to that day.
Mr. Taylor also gave notice Viz - That I will move on this day fortnight that a reduction be made in the Salaries of all the officers connected with Workhouse, to commence from the next Quarter day.

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 26 Nov. No. 73893/49. relative to the non attendance of some of the Collectors
  "   2    "   " same date No. 74590/49 relative to an order of the Comns. of Public Works for Hand Barrows &c on Kildysart Depot,
  "  3d   "   " 30 Nov No 73051/49 relative to the appointment of Thos Meagher and James Reidy Steward in the Kilrush Union.
  " 4th   "  " same date No. 75380/49 relative to the removal of the staff of Out Door Medical Officers
  "  5     "  " same date No. 75380/49 on the subject of the New Rate

Mr. Samuel Bourke Tendered his resignation as Collector for Killofin, Kilfiddane, and Kildysert Elec Divisions which was accepted

In accordance with a letter received from Mr. Patt Robertson a sum of seven Pounds Stg due to him for Distribution was transferred to the credit of Mr. John Pilkington.

Proposed by M Brew Seconded by Thomas Studdert that it is the opinion of the Board of Guardians of this Kilrush that the salaries of the several Officers connected with the Workhouse should be reduced to a certain scale from the depressed state of the Union

Proposed by Francis O Donnell Seconded by Michael Brew. Resolved that with reference to the Arrears of Rates now due out of the Townland of Newtown and it being alleged that said property is now under a receiver of the Court that the Solicitor of the Union do make enquiries in the proper quarter as to the fact of these lands being under the Court and if so that application be made to the Master to order the Receiver to pay such arrears

Proposed by Thomas Studdert Seconded by Francis O Donnell Resolved. That in reference to Comns. letters of the 30 Nov expressing regret that the Guardians did not strike a rate more commensurate with the requirements of the Union which they would have done had the present state of this our distressed condition justified us to do so, and we are of opinion that striking a 3/= rate in this distressed Union will be more advantageous to the support of our Poor than striking a larger rate which would in our opinion never be collected.

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Captain Kennedy informed the Board that the Map which had been forwarded to the Comns. of Mr. O Gradys store and premises was not considered sufficiently explicit & recommended that Mr Coffey the Union Person be instructed to make a map of the Premises without delay.
The Guardians order that Mr. Coffey complete the required Map without delay.

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        34
Ditto, disallowed - - - - -                                                                                                "
The number of applicants admitted to the Workhouse was - -                           205
The number of cases of provisional Out-door relief was - -                                  53
Do. do. in which relief was continued by the Guardians - -                                  53
The number of other applicants in the Relieving Officers Books
relieved by order of the Guardians was - - -                                                          146

The number of applicants for whom relief was not ordered -

The Bonds and 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).

Captain Kennedy communicated purports of a letter from the Comns. No. 75.528 Nov 30/49 relative to the contract lately entered into with Messrs. Nevis Russell & Sons.

Captain Kennedy laid Circular No. 72749 dated 30 Nov/49 together with Drawings of a drying closet before the Board.

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The following Milk Tenders were accepted
Mike Brew & sons for Supplying 20 quarts daily @ 1
Thomas Williams   "         "          10  Ditto    "        1

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Medical Report Week Ending 1st December ’49
No in Infirmary by last Report                          153
Admitted during the Week                                  55
                                                                          208
Discharged                     25
Sent to Fever Hospital     7
Died                                5                                   37
Remaining in Infirmary this day                       171
       In Girls dysentery Wards                             13
        " Girls Skin disease Wards                          63
        " Boys Ditto                                                64
        " Other dormitories                                     10
Total under Medical Treatment                        321

The following letter was read by the Clerk Viz

Workhouse Decr 1st 1849

Sir,
We the undersigned Relieving Officers beg most respectively to State that we have made frequent applications for money for Out door Relief purposes which we did not receive. We further beg to state that if it be withheld any longer the results will be fatal as we have not money to pay for conveying the sick to the Hospitals (who have no dwellings but dying in huts near the ditches) and other expenses attending them.
The Kildysert Relieving Officer begs to state that he must bury his dead without Coffins.
The Kilrush Relieving Officer also begs to state that he has 5 deaths for the last week which he believes to have occurred in consequence of his not having means to supply them as usual with milk and other necessaries and
The Killofin Relieving Officers begs to state that he has already expended of his own money over 3 to supply the wants of his Poor.
                                                            We have the honor to be
                                                                Sir, Your Obdt. humble Servant
                                                                (Signed)     Simon Boland Kilrush
                                                                                  Thomas Guinnane Kildysert
                                                                                  Patt Kelly Killard
                                                                                  Jno Molony Killofin

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                                                                                                            Crofton M Vandeleur

Next Meeting of the Guardians to be held on

Saturday the 8h day of Decr 1849

(Signed). _________________

Clerk of the Union.


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