Workhouse

John McCullagh December 6, 2006

There is not in this Green Isle a Union so sweet As the workhouse of Newry where Guardians do meet The last rays of feeling and joy must depart Ere the bloom of their counsel shall fade from my heart

John McCullagh January 20, 2004

In January 1847 there were 111,000 people in Irish workhouses built to accommodate 100,000.  By 1851, a full five years after the Government had declared the Famine over and knighted Trevelyan for his efforts, there were 918 inmates in Newry Workhouse.  

John McCullagh January 20, 2004

Numbers gaining admission to Workhouses fluctuated over the decades of the second half of the nineteenth century according to several principal factors. Chief among these was the outbreak of infectious diseases. Crop failure, want, starvation and destitution and homelessness consequent upon peasants being driven from their miserable holdings featured high among the causes.

John McCullagh January 19, 2004

AFTER THE FAMINE Even among neighbouring Poor Law Unions, Newry had a reputation for niggardliness in its treatment of its paupers.

John McCullagh January 14, 2004

By the end of June 1849 the Master reported that during the last eighteen months 3,265 paupers had received one night’s lodging with supper and breakfast: also that 946 people remained (with relieving officers’ tickets) for the last nine months in the probationary wards, awaiting admission by the Guardians on Board day. It was resolved at […]

John McCullagh January 8, 2004

Mr Forster, the first Clerk, died before the Workhouse opened and was replaced in 1840 by Mr Smith.  His salary was increased in February 1843 from

John McCullagh December 1, 2003

Nancy remembers only two school-going children, both boys, in her time and that towards the end. The wardmaster took the able-bodied to fields between the Workhouse and the Paupers’ Graveyard to cultivate the plots of potatoes and vegetables. As one photograph included here shows, there were cultivated plots also between the Reception Area and the Hospital […]

John McCullagh November 30, 2003

 There were factors that featured on a national and wider scale, such as temporary agricultural recessions, government policies and the shift from cultivation to pasture.