Poverty Before the Famine, County Clare 1835
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Parishes of Tomfinloe, Kilnasullagh, Kilmaleary and Drumline.
Town Newmarket-on-Fergus. Barony Bunratty.

DESERTED AND ORPHAN CHILDREN

THERE are no foundlings supported by public contributions or cess in the four parishes. Mr. M’Cullagh could not recollect whether any children had been deserted or not in the parish of Tomfinloe within the last 11 years ; but be it as it may, they have not had parochial assistance, for there was not a vestry held there during that period. For the last three years there has been but one child deserted, and that was supported for about a year by private contributions, and then it was proposed to send it to the Foundling-hospital ; but when this intention reached the ears of the mother, her dormant affections were awakened ; she claimed the child, and received it.


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