John McCullagh January 14, 2004
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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 the meeting of 23 June 1849 that except for the sick, infirm or those washing or cooking, all women’s shoes and stockings be taken from them. Likewise for all boys, who also lost neckerchiefs. All paupers who require it were to have close cropped hair-cuts.

If the aim was to clear the workhouse of these categories, it failed. By 18 August 1849 it was resolved to give outdoor relief for just one week longer.

Things changed over the next – some say, the last Great Hunger – year.

 

 

 


  [Christine Kinealy, acclaimed authority, Fellow of Liverpool University and author of This Great Calamity {Gill & Macmillan 1994} and Great Hunger in Ireland {Pluto, 1997}] begs to differ and argues the emergency continued to 1852 at least].

 

The Workhouse had fewer inmates in 1850 but more deaths and far more were sick.

1849

Inmates

Sick

Died

1850

Inmates

Sick

Died

8/9

854

42

4

7/9

595

63

4

15/9

836

39

5

14/9

599

61

2

22/9

812

32

2

21/9

595

55

2

29/9

803

25

1

28/9

574

66

4

6/10

811

28

2

6510

566

65

2

13/10

846

26

2

12/10

571

69

4

20/10

857

29

2

19/10

592

71

1

This was attributed to want of sufficient clothing and attention to cleanliness. The Master was directed to give shoes and stockings to all paupers and clothing of the thickest and warmest kind, not new. 


In the paupers’ defence, Dr Davis explained they had not the means for washing themselves: however he did not wish to charge any officer with neglect. 


It was incumbent upon him to remain on terms with the Guardians who employed him.

 

 Part 6 is here …

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