Ennistymon Union Minute Books

Book No. 2 

Meetings held from 9th February 1844 - 24th April 1844

[1]
Meeting held on the 9th day of February, 1844.

The register book was signed from No. 739 to No. 740. 
The clerk's report was read to the following effect:

The contractor for meat has not mentioned or offered securities in his tender for the due performance of his contract.

The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that the

   

s

  d

Balance in favour of the guardians was

    0

16

6
[2]
Rates collected and lodged

    9

0

0
Rates remaining

169

15

3 1/4
[3]
Cost of provisions and necessities received

   8

2

2 15/16
Cost of provisions and necessites consumed

   9

0

3 1/2
General cost of an inmate            10 1/2

[4]
The state of the chimneys requires attention.
The master again calls attention to the priority of getting the piers of the gate built.
Two panes of glass have been broken, one in the probationary ward the other in the girls' dormitory.
The master requests an order of brooms and oils.
Changes of diet by medical officers' order can be seen on reference to the book for that purpose.
[5]
Resolved
- that Mrs. Ellen O'Brien get a check for 14 pounds 3 shilling 5 pence due to her for stationary books.
- that John Dillon and Michael Culligan be discharged as recommended by the doctors from tomorrow.
Mr. McNamara gives notice that he will on this day week move an application to the Poor Law Commissioners to have a portion of this workhouse allocated to a fever hospital.

Medical Report.
There are two patients in hospital namely John Dillon and Michael Culligan, now quite well and fit to be discharged.  There are 14 still under medcial treatment.
                                                                                                        James Shannon, M.D.
[6]
Meeting held on the 16th day of February, 1844.
The register book was signed from No 741 to No 741.
The clerks report was read to the following effect.
That the meat contractor has executed his bond and his sureties also.
[7] The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that the

  

s

d
Balance in favour of the guardians was

         

16

6
Rates collected and lodged

10

0

0
Rates remaining

159

16

1 1/2
[8]
Cost of provisions and necessities received

   7

15

11 5/32
Cost of provisions and necessites consumed

   9

10

10
General cost of an inmate

                  

10 1/2

[9] Resolved that the following persons be discharged on tomorrow viz:
Thomas Barrington
Michael Walsh
Bridget Connellan
Margaret Kean and two sisters
Jim Jordan
Biddy Reid

Master’s Report.
The house continues in the same state of health with the exception of one case reported to be in fever.  The dietary continues to agree well with the inmates.  Changes of the diet by medical officers can be seen on reference to the book for that purpose.
Brooms and oils badly wanted.
There are dormitories on the upper floor of the western and eastern wings of the main building which the master would require for the purpose of transferring some of the clothes in store for safety thereto as the size of [10] the store is small and the superabundance of clothing require care; no expense can attend it but the putting a few lines across the room and a good lock.
Resolved that the upper dormitories of the female side of the house in the main building be converted into a temporary store and that the master gets line and hooks for hanging clothes and gets the lock prepared to secure them.

Medical Report
There are 13 patients in hospital at present. One of them suffers from fever of a mild type.  Bridget Reed is now well and fit to be discharged, a patient named John Hennessy died since last meeting aged 84.
                                                                                                            James Shannon, M.D.

Read Commissioners' letter of the 16th inst. approving of the reduction of salaries.
On the motion to reconsider the reduction in the officers' salaries on this day.  On considering the master's and matron's salary in the first instance a division took place when there appeared for raising the salary to its original state 7 against 1.
[11]
Resolved

- that the salaries of the master and the matron be 40 pounds a year, that is 30 pounds for the master and 10 pounds for the matron.
On reconsidering the clerk's salary there appeared for raising it to its original state, 6 against 3.
- that the salary of the clerk be 40 pounds a year.
On reconsidering the schoolmaster's salary there appeared for raising it to its original state, 5 against 4.
- that the salary of the schoolmaster be 15 pounds a year.
On reconsidering the salary of the chaplain there appeared for raising it to 40 pounds a year, its original state, 6 against 1.
- that the salary of the chaplain be 40 pounds a year.
- that a committee of 3 members of our board, namely Mr. Morony, Mr. MacNamara, Mr. O'Dwyer and the two medical gentlemen attend on this day 4 weeks for the purpose of considering what portion of the land could be made available for the purpose of the fever hospital.
[12]
- that the contractor for sweeping the chimneys be continued at 1 pound 10 shillings for one year.
- that 2 ton of straw be advertised for.
Proposed that potatoes and meal be advertised for.

[13]
Meeting held on Friday the 23rd of February, 1844.

The register book from No. 741 to No. 747 was signed.

The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that the

[14]

  

s

d
Balance in favour of the guardians was

   0

16

6
Rates collected and lodged

   0

0

0
Rates remaining

159

16

1 1/2
[15]
Cost of provisions and necessities received

   7

15

8 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessites consumed

   9

10

6
General cost of an inmate

0

0

10 1/2

[16]
Master’s Report:
The house continues in the same state of health as the last meeting with the exception of the schoolmistress who is ill.  The dietary continues to be liked and agreeing with the inmates.  The master would require an order of housewifes' thread, there is shirting almost worn out which would require to be condemned for the purpose of repairing other partially worn out.  The master was unable to convert the dormitories ordered into a temporary store, from the illness of the schoolmistress.  Two of the persons ordered to be discharged, they being brother and sister, was not fit to be discharged, the sister having been taken ill, she will in a few days be well, when she will be discharged.    Some spades, in addition to the four on hand, will be required for the purpose of tilling the ground round the workhouse.

Medical Report
There are 13 patients in hospital at present.  Fever has not extended since last report, one case of which continues under medical treatment.  The schoolmistress also has got fever of a mild type.  I had to order bread for breakfast in place of stirabout to a good many inmates during the last week in  consequence of their complaining of bowel complaints but hope to be soon able to put them back again on the ordinary house diet.
                                                                                                            James Shannon, M.D.
[17]
Resolved
- that our clerk does procure the plans and specifications of the fever hospital referred to in the Commissioners' letter of the 21st of February 1844.
Read letter from Mr. Talbot, printer.
- that we consider the explanation of Mr. Talbot, with request to the over charge in printing, which will be laid before the auditor, satisfactory.
- that on reading the Commissioners' letter of the 20th of February last that we defer entering into contract for potatoes and meat until Messrs O'Dwyer and Roughan hear from the Poor Law Commissioners on the subject.

Read tenders for straw.
Resolved
- that Pat MacNamara's tender for 2 tons of straw be accepted at 1 pound 7 shillings and 6 pence per ton.
- that Ellen Hughes get leave of absence for 3 days.
[18] - that the master give Mary Glynny the cloak that Hanora Clohessy wore on her admission, it being claimed by Mary Glynny as belonging to her.
- that the master gets an order for 6lbs. of houswifes' thread for mending clothing.
- that the clerk get an order for 1/2 ream of ledger paper, 1/2 ream of fools cap, 1lb. of wax, 1oz. of
wafers, 1 jar black ink, 1 gross of quills.
- that the schoolmaster get 1/2 ream of common writing paper, 1 gross of quills, 1 jar of black ink for use in the school.
- that the clerk gets an order for an order check book for the use of the board.

[19]
Meeting held on the 1st day of March, 1844.

Joseph Burke Esq. Assistant P. L. C. was present.
The register book was signed for No. 747 to No. 756.

The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that there had been

  

s

d
Received during the week

  28

0

0
Paid during the week

  20

18

7
Balance in favour of the guardians

    7

  17

11
[20]
Rates collected and lodged

    9

0

0
Rates remaining

150

16

1
[21]
Cost of provisions and necessities received

    8

2

9 1/4
Cost of provisions and necessites consumed

    9

0

8 3/4
General cost of an inmate                    11

[22]

Master’s Report:
Piers for the gate are very badly wanting.
Spades and seed potatoes for the ground are needed.
The white washing of the house will shortly require to be done for the prevention of disease.
The house continues healthy, the dietary agreeing well with the inmates.  The schoolmistress is much improved and will be able to resume her duties in a few days.
The average expence has increased from the extras allowed in hospital and infirm wards.    The abstracts of accounts for the half year ended the 29th Sept. 1843, as signed by Joseph Bourke Esq., auditor and Assistant Commissioner, were laid before the board and signed by the chairman.
[23]
Resolved
that tenders be received for printing 50 copies of the union acts.
Read the Commissioners' letter of the 28th February 1844 as regarded Pat O'Dwyer's contract for potatoes.
Resolved that the clerk be directed to write to Andrew Stacpoole Esq. stating that the guardians are about enclosing the workhouse grounds and there is a small strip adjoining the road containing about 20 perches, which the guardians are anxious to have to square the ground to the road, and to enquire what terms Mr. Stacpoole would grant them this small strip, which is useless to all parties in its present state.
Resolved that Peter Reynolds be discharged, his wife having stated that she will support him.
The accounts of the building contractor as forwarded by the Poor Law Commissioners were laid before the board by the Assistant Commissioner.
Resolved that the clerk be directed to call on the several collectors to come in and settle their accounts so that poundage due to each may be calculated and the accounts of each may be brought to a close on time for the next audit.
[24] Resolved that a check for the sum of 15/- be drawn up in favour of Mr. Walsh, master, for the purpose of purchasing the piers of the entrance gate to the workhouse.
Resolved that Mr. Considine and Mr. Slattery be appointed a committee to purchase 400 stone of seed potatoes and that a check on account for 3 pound be drawn in their favour for the purchase.
Resolved that a check for 1 pound be drawn in favour of Mr. Walsh, the master, to purchase eight spades with handles.
Resolved that the clerk be directed to apply to the Molyneaux Assylum for the Blind, to learn the terms on which John Molloy, a blind boy in the workhouse, would be received into the institution.
Resolved that orders be issued calling on the following rate collectors to attend at the meeting of this board to be held at 12 o'clock, Friday the 8th day of March, and then and there to produce all books of accounts and to settle and pay up the balance of their respective collections, viz:
[25]
Michael Guthery
Michael O'Brien
William Connole
Bryan Daly
Michael Owens

[26]
Meeting held on the 8th day of March, 1844.

The register book was signed from No. 756 to No. 764.
The clerk's report was read to the following effect:
That he had written to Mr. Stacpoole on the subject of the piece of ground to the south of the workhouse and to the Molyneaux Assylum for the Blind on the subject of John Molloy, the blind boy in the workhouse.

[27] The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that the

    

s

d
Balance in favour of the guardians was

    7

17

11
Rates collected and lodged

  17

0

0
Rates remaining

133

6

1
[28]
Cost of provisions and necessities received

    9

17

0 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessites consumed

  10

   0

9 3/4
General cost of an inmate                      11

[29] The plans of the fever hospital were laid before the board.    No. 3 adopted.

Master’s Report:
The house continues healthy, the dietary agreeing with the inmates.  Some slates have been blown off by the wind of the past week which requires immediate attention to prevent further damage; 3 panes of glass have also been broken.  The master again calls your attention to the necessity of condeming the shirts worn out or procure material to mend those partially so.  There are 60 completely worn which can be seen.  He would also require a condemnation of mens' trowsers [sic] to keep their clothes in repair.    He requires boys' jackets and trowsers which are of Baragon for like purpose.    The schoolmistress has resumed her duties being quite recovered, the gate piers have been brought to the workhouse, cost 14/-.  The spades purchased and delivered - 8 at 2/1 1/2d cost. 17/6 for repairing some of those on hand, the balance for masons and smith hire.
[30]
Read tenders from printers for printing contract.
Resolved
- that Mr. Marcus Talbot be the contractor for printing 50 copies of the abstracts of this union acounts for half year ending 25th March and 29th September 1843.
- that Michael O'Brien, the collector for Milltown Malbay Electoral Division, receives 6d in the pound, for the amount of the collection of the last rate made in as much as that we consider that he is entitled to an increase of 2d in the pound as every other collectors' poundage is 6d, his hitherto being only 4d.
- that the clerk be directed to write to Mr Herbert and request his attendance at this board on this day week for the purpose of having his opinion on the subject of the fever hospital.
- that the clerk be directed to procure books from Mr. Talbot for the purpose of making a new rate on the old valuation.

Medical Report.
The house continues healthy as at last report.  There are 12 patients on the hospital books.
[31]
Resolved
that Pat Lynch the former contractor for meat receive a check for 1.4.6 balance due to him.
Resolved that the following be the hours of discipline in the workhouse from this date to the 29th Sept. next, viz:

Rising 6 o'clock a.m.
Breakfast 9 o'clock a.m.
Dinner 4 o'clock p.m.
Going to bed 7 o'clock p.m.

[31]
Meeting held on the 15th day of March, 1844.

The register book was signed from No. 765 to No. 765.
The clerk's report was read to the following effect:
That Mr. Pat O'Dwyer and his sureties have duly executed the bond for potatoes.

The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that the

  

s

d
Balance in favour of the guardians was

   7

  17

11
[33]
Rates collected and lodged

   3

0

0
Rates remaining

130

6

1
Cost of provisions and necessities received

    9

8

10
Cost of provisions and necessites consumed

    9

6

1 1/2
[34]
General cost of an inmate                    11

[35]
Master’s Report:
Some more slates have been blown off since last meeting in the ventilator of the female side of the infirmary and probationary yard.  The house continues healthy and the dietary continuing to agree well with the inmates.
Changes of the diet by medical officers can be seen on reference to the book for that purpose before your board.
There has been one death since last report, an old woman named Margaret McInerney, the certificate is herewith before you.

Resolved
-that a check be drawn up in favour of Mr. Pat O'Dwyer for 29.0.5 for potatoes to the 14th last.
- that the diet of working men be raised to 8 ozs. of meal for breakfast and 4lb of potatoes for dinner until further consideration.
Mr. O'Gorman gives notice that on this day fortnight the subject of the fever hospital shall be considered, and the clerk is directed to give notice to every member of this board of such intention.
- that six of each class of clothing be condemned for the purpose of mending mens and boys clothing and 60 shirts as recommended by the master.
[36]
Medical Report
.
The house is in the same condition with respect to the health of the inmates as at last report.
Margaret McInerney aged 85 years died this week from natural decline.
                                                                                                Charles Finucane
                                                                                                            M.R.C.S.L.
[37]
Meeting held on the 22nd March, 1844.

The register book was signed from No. 766 to No. 776.

The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that the

[38]

  

s

d
Balance in favour of the guardians was

   7

17

11
Rates collected and lodged

----

Rates remaining

130

6

1
[39]
Cost of provisions and necessities received

    9

12

0 3/4
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

    9

14

8 3/4
General cost of an inmate                   11

Master’s Report:
The paupers were obliged to use their dinner on Sunday without milk in consequence of its not arriving from the contractor.  There are two panes of glass broken in the schoolmaster's room in the window which looks into the boy's dormitory.
The rollercloths and towels which were had 17 months back are used and torn.  We would require a further supply to wipe the inmates after washing.
The regulations of the Poor Law Commissioners for the government of workhouses authorise the punishment by confinment or to be put upon such diet as the board of guardians shall direct of such persons as neglect or [40] refuse to work.  The confinement is not sufficient as those able to work think it is a good opportunity for idling but your board should authorise the stopping of their diet in certain cases.    Confinement is ample correction for the young.
This morning the men refused the porter to work and the master in this case would be more anxious to correct the refusal, than if refused himself, as he cannot, on every occasion that they are required, be present.
The dietary continues to agree well with the inmates and the healthy state of the house is sufficient testimony of its changes of diet.
The master has to complain of the outragous conduct of a man named O'Loughlin who abused the schoolmistress in the dinning hall.  This man's wife is living at Kilfenora, he ought to be discharged. Bread did not arrive this morning until 1/2 past 10 o'clock, an hour and a half past breakfast time. Your board should insist on a regular delivery of the several articles for contract as they seem to match their own convenience, not that of the workhouse or its officers.
[41]
Medical Report
:
The house continues healthy as at last report.  We have had no death.
                                                                                        Charles Finucane, M.R.C.S.L.
[42]
Meeting held on the 29th day of March, 1844.

The register book was signed No. 766 to No. 776.
The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that there had been
[43]

  

s

d
Received during the week

  20

  0

0
Paid during the week

  22

18

8
Balnce in favour of the guardians

    4

19

3
Rates collected and lodged

    0

0

0
Rates remaining

130

6

1
[44]
Cost of provisions and necessities

    9

10

0
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

  10

  0

11 1/4
General cost of an inmate

               

11

[45]

Master’s Report:
It's being now 2 years since the sashes, the doors and the outside works of the house were painted it will be a matter of consideration (for their perservation) if they should not at once be done by the board. There are some few matters inside, such as stoves, which would also require painting.  It is a fact well known that rust wears those articles if not attended to much quicker than time.  The house requires white washing and your board should procure lime for the purpose, say 10 barrels.  The master will, as a matter of course, employ paupers at it.  He has brushes on hand for the purpose.
Since last meeting we have had 2 deaths.  The certificates are herewith laid before you.  The eastern floor of the house having the appearance of ravelling, the master recommended to get a watering pot, such as is used in gardens, to keep them continually wet.  The master would refer you to his report of the 8th and 15th of March respecting the slates removed from the roof by the wind for the purpose of having them repaired.
The house is healthy and the dietary continues to agree well with the inmates. Part of the extra diet to patients having discontinued, the master trusts to be able at the next meeting to show a reduction in average expense.  The master would require some buttons for the clothing.

Proposed
- that Cornelius O'Brien, Esq. M.P. be the chairman of the board for the ensuing year.    Carried unanimously.
[46] - that Francis G. Morony, Esq. be vice-chairman of the board for the ensuing year.  Carried unanimously.
- that Mathias Kenny, Esq. be the deputy vice-chairman for the ensuing year.  Carried unanimously.

Medical Report
Since last report we have had 2 deaths, the first Mrs. O'Dwyer, who died of diarrhea, 80 years of age.  The other John Hennessy from phthisis or decline aged 28 years.
                                                                                                        Charles Finucane
                                                                                                                        M.R.C.S.L.

Proposed that Mr. O'Gorman's notice for motion be discharged.  That we deem the erection of a fever hospital detached from the workhouse of this union but in connection with it a necessary and useful measure, and that the sum of 250 pounds now in the hands of the Commissioners be applied to that purpose, and that our clerk does invite Mr. John Herbert, architect, to attend the meeting of the next board to receive instructions for plan and estimate of the same.
[47]
Moved as an amendment that in as much as a sum of 250 pounds remains in the hands of the Commissioners for the purpose of the building, that the board are of the opinion that the lunatic wards, which are unoccupied, can easily be made available as a hospital for fever patients without any risk of contagion to the inmates or visitors of the house.    We are also of the opinion that those divisions of the union which are remote from the workhouse, and from which patients cannot with safety be conveyed, ought not be made subject to any portion of rate for the building and support of such hospital.
There appeared for the amendment 2 against it 11 for.
The motion was carried
Proposed as an amendment that a rate of 5d in the pound be made instead of 7 1/2d.
Upon a division the amendment was carried by a majority of one.

Resolved
- that a rate of 5d in the pound on the several electoral divisions of the union be made on the existing valuation of the union.
[48] - that tenders be invited for painting with one coat the outer doors, frames, and sashes together with the eve shoots and spouts of the workhouse, and the outer gates and metal stove in the laundry.
- that 10 barrels of lime be advertised for.
- that tenders be invited for putting on seven slates on the roof of the workhouse, the contractor providing those slates.
- that the master does get a watering pot for the purpose of sprinkling the ground floors of the workhouse that are ravelling.
- that the salaries of the officers be this day checked to the 25th March inst.viz.

   s  d
10-0-0 Michael McDonagh Clerk
7-10-0 Michael Walsh Master
2-10-0 Kate Walsh Matron
2-10-0 Bridget Leyden Schoolmistress
3-15-0 Lawrence Egan schoolmaster
2-10-0 John McNamara porter

April 5th 1844 no meeting in consequence of the non-attendance of guardians.

s

d
Cost of provisions and necessities received

9

18

6 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

7

4

9 3/4

Meeting held at the boardroom on 12th April 1844.

The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that the

[49]

  

s

d
Balance in favour of the guardians was

   4

19

3
[50]
Rates collected and lodged

   0

0

0
Rates remaining

130

6

1
Cost of provisions and necessities received

    7

5

10 3/4
[51]
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

  10

4

11 1/4
General cost of an inmate               11

The register book was signed from No. 788 to No. 806.

Medical Report.
There are 14 cases in hospital at present a good many of whom are affected with itch.    There was one birth since last board day.  I have made out a list of medicines which I would recommend the board to send for as soon as possible as we are badly off for some matters in it particularly the ointments.
                                                                                                J. Shannon M.D.
Master’s Report.
We would require a new supply of nets, the ones formerly procured being almost worn.    The necessity of procuring rollers and towels for the use of the inmates is calling for the attention of your board.
[52] The house continues healthy and the dietary agreeing well with the inmates.  We require some tape for the use of the women and girls.
Orders were accordingly made.

Resolved
- that our clerk does inform Mr. Thomas McNamara that the balance due on foot of James Callinan's bond as collector of poor rates in the electoral division of Burren, Drumcreehy and Rathborney has not been paid according to his promise by his brother George McNamara, who was security for the said James Callinan and that if the same be not paid forthwith, proceedings will be taken for its recovery.
- that fires be continued until the 1st of June next in the schoolrooms, the male and female infirm wards.
- that the clerk does advertise for tenders from competent persons as collectors in the several electoral divisions of the union, the rate of poundage on the sum paid into the treasurer not to exceed 6d in the pound.
Tenders to be lodged with the clerk on or before the 26th inst. to be taken into consideration on that day.
[53] - that the clerk does procure 30 printed forms for parish wardens to recommend paupers such as is handed in by the chairman.
- that the clerk does procure 13 rate collectors' books.
- that the several collectors pay up the amount of their several balances without any deduction on the 26th inst. or in default thereof, that proceedings be taken on their respective bonds and further, on payment of said balances, that the respective collectors do get a check for their respective salaries.
- that the master gets an order for 500 nets from the person recommended by the master of the Ennis workhouse and an order for 4 pieces of tape for the women and girls' clothing, for 36 yards of canvas for rollers, and 6 yards for towels to be had from Mr. O Dwyer on the former terms.

Read tenders for painting.
Resolved
- that Charles Carrigg's tender be accepted it being the lowest and including the making good of the damaged slates at 13 pounds 10 shillings to be completed by 24th June next.
- that the Rev. Patrick McGuane of Milltown, John Connell of Lackamore, and Michael Frawley of Glandine be appointed parish wardens for the division of Milltown Malbay.
[54] - that the Rev. Mr Sheehan and John MacNamara of Tullalaghan and Pat Tuthill of Moohena be appointed parish wardens for the electoral division of Ennistimon.
- that the Rev. M. Leyden, Peter O'Loughlin and William Conole be appointed parish wardens for the electoral division of Liscannor.
- that the Rev. Mr. Varihy and Mr. Edmund Thynne be the parish wardens in the Kilshanny electoral divisions.
- that the Rev. Mr. Quinn, John Culliny and James Leyden be the parish wardens for Kilfenora electoral division and Connor Leyden for Kiltoracht parish in said division.

It appearing to the board that much inconvenience arises from getting the medicnes from Dublin,
Resolved
- that medicine be in future procured from Mr. Edward O'Dwyer of Ennistimon on the terms specified on his tender in the posession of the clerk.
[55] - that we approve of the plan and specification for the fever hospital furnished by Mr. John Herbert, that he does get five pounds for same and that our clerk does advertise for contractors, the tenders to be opened on the 26th day of April inst. and that the advertisement be in handbills to be posted in Ennis, Ennistimon, Milltown, Kilrush and Corrofin and reference made to the plan and specification in the possession of the clerk.
- that Terence O'Bryan of Glancolumkill and James Quinn of Meggagh be the parish wardens in Carron electoral division.
- that the Rev. McNally, Michael Doherty, and Michael Stritch be the parish wardens for Kililagh electoral division.
- that the Rev. Mr. Ryder of Glann and Michael MacNamara of Knockanes be the parish wardens for the electoral division of Kilonahen.
- that John O'Brien, Michael O'Brien, and Henry McDonough be parish wardens for Drumcreehy electoral division.
- that Dr. O'Fay and John Kerin be the parish wardens for Burren electoral division.
- that the Rev. Mr. Coffee and Austin Moran be parish wardens for Rathbourney electoral division.

[56]
Meeting held on 19th of April 1844.

The register book was signed from No. 807 to No. 918.
The clerk's report was read on the following effect:
That Mr. Burke, who was here on Saturday last, prevented the clerk from advertising for contractors for the building of the fever hospital on Mr. Herbert's plan until the plan and specification should be first submitted to the Poor Law Commissioners for their approval.

The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that the

[57]

  

s

d
Balance in favour of the guardians was

   4

19

3
Rates collected and lodged

   0

0

0
Rates remaining

130

6

1
[58]
Cost of provisions and necessities received

11

14

1 1/2
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

10

2

6 1/4
General cost of an inmate                 11

[59]
Master’s Report:
The house continues healthy and the dietary agreeing well with the inmates.    Changes of the diet by medical officers can be seen on reference to the book.    The painting contractor considers he is not bound to paint the end of the rafters which are exposed to the weather.
Your board will decide on the matter.  There would be a knocker required for the entrance door as it is much injured for kicking it.
The master called your attention sometime since to the necessity of procuring lime.    Your board will do well to advertise for turf as what is on hand and due of contractors is no more than will suffice to the end of May.
Orders were duly made on the master's request.

Medical Report:
There are 18 cases in hospital at present but nothing requiring any particular remark.
                                                                                                        James Shannon, M.D.
Resolved:
- that George MacNamara Esq. of Harbourhill be appointed parish warden for the Drumcreehy Electoral Division.
- that the clerk do advertise for contractors to supply the house with 1600 boxes of the best turf to be delivered in part on or before the 1st of June next and the remainder may be delivered before the 1st of September next.  The tenders to be opened on the 3rd of May next.
- that the master do forthwith procure a wrapper for the hall door.
[60] - that Mr. Hynes be written to by our clerk and requested to inform the board what proceedings have been taken against James Callinan the defaulting collector for Burren, Drumcreehy and Rathbourney Electoral Divisions against his surities.
- that in compliance with the direction of Mr. Burke, the Assistant Commissioner, our clerk do transmit to the Commisssioners the plans and specification, approved by this board, for a fever hospital, for their approbation and he states that it appears to the board that the surgery, which Mr. Burke considered unnecessary, may be converted into an additional ward, and it is further resolved that the resolution for advertising for contractors be suspended until the opinion and the directions of the Commisioners be ascertained.
- that the master be at liberty to change the dietary of class No.3 and No.4 to suit respective ages.

[61]
Meeting held on the 24th day of April 1844.

The register book was signed from No.819 to No.842.
The treasurer's book of receipts and payments was produced by which it appeared that there had been

  

s

d
Received during the week

10

5

0
Paid during the week

   3

15

0
Balance in favour of the guardians

   3

7

4
[62]
Rates collected and lodged

  10

5

0
Rates remaining

120

1

1
[63]
Cost of provisions and necessities received

    8

1

7 15/16
Cost of provisions and necessities consumed

  10

13

6 1/2
General cost of an inmate                  11

[64]
Master’s Report:
The house continues healthy as at last meeting.  We have had one death, an infant, Pat Malone, admitted on the 12th inst.  The certificate will be herewith laid before you.  The master has to observe that much inconvenience in the meals for the paupers arises on every Friday in consequence of the late hour at which the paupers are admitted.  Dinner cannot be put down until it is ascertained what number is admitted.    It often occurs according to the business before your board, that dinner is so late as the time mentioned for bed and it would be well if your board suspended some of the ordinary business until the paupers should be admitted.  The working men in particular suffer from the long fast from 9 until dinner is ready.
There has been 4 panes of glass broken, 1 at the head of the stone stairs, 1 in the female and another in the female infirm ward, with 1 in the girls' dormitory.
While on this subject the master has to observe that much of the breakage could be avoided by the procuring of a description of a small ladder which hangs on hinges and opens from each other as the present, by the least slip on the board, rushes through the glass.    No orders were made on the master’s report.

Medical Report:
The house continues free from fever.  At present there are 19 patients in hospital suffering from various chronic and cutaneous diseases.  A child aged two months died since last board day of mesenteric disease.
                                                                                                            James Shannon, M.D.
[65]
Resolved:
- that in future the male children be kept by the schoolmaster at their lessons for one hour between six and nine o'clock and uniformaly at their school business from 12 until 3 and that we consider it essential that some plan be immediately acted on.
- that time be extended for the settlement of their accounts to this day month to the collectors.
- that our clerk be directed to write to Mr. Shannon, the revising valuator, calling on him to attend at this board on this day week and to satisfy the board how he has given certificate of qualification to Mr. Pat Fitzgibbon and also to report the progress he has made in the revision.

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