Box marked: Section III C. Workhouses/ Reforms

A number of printed Abstract of Accounts for various unions,1857-1860. Booklets and forms.

Long letter from Arthur Moore, Mooresfort, Tipperary to My Dear Lord, 20 March 1886, regarding children in workhouses.

Box marked: Bishop Clancy 1898 Workhouses and Infirmaries

Contains one folder of financial details, cancelled cheques, receipts, bills, 1890s, 100s of items.

A file which contains c.78 items, including reports, correspondence and printed pamphlets. These include:
C. Raleigh Chichester, 'Amalgamation of Unions and Proposed Modifications in the Poor Law (Ireland)', (Dublin and London, 1879).

'The Poor Laws and Poor Houses' by J. Dowling M.D. (author's name written in ms) (Dublin. 1872).

'Speech of Arthur J. Moore Esq. M.P., on the Condition of Children in Irish Workhouses in the House of Commons 27 June 1879', (Dublin, 1880).

Abstract of Accounts for Sligo, Tubbercurry Unions, 29 September 1860.

Typed letter from the Local Government Board, Dublin, 4 November 1899, 'My Lord I have received your letter of the 23rd ultimo, asking for some information as to the views of the Local Government Board with regard to the introduction of nuns into workhouses, and to the object of the Government in making provision for the appointment of a trained nurse in workhouses in which nuns are already in charge of the hospitals', [4 pages], addressed to Bishop O'Dwyer of Limerick.

Letter from the Local Government Board to Sligo Union, 14 February 1898, regarding the inspection of the workhouse, 'Dr Flynn points out that the arrangements for nursing in the Union hospitals are far from satisfactory. It appears that the present staff consists of three principal nurses one of whom holds a certificate in training in midwifery, the other two have had some hospital experience but do not hold certificates. There are also two night nurses, one for the upper hospital (female) and the other for the male hospital. In addition there are two night attendants for the idiot wards. All of these it appears are untrained, and up to some time ago were paupers but now receive a small salary and rations. The nursing staff is augmented by a large number of pauper wardsmen and one or two wardswomen. .. seventeen or eighteen in all who assist in the nursing. ..[4 sheets].

Letter from Thomastown Union, 14 January 1898, to Bishop Clancy, 'I have been requested by the nuns in charge of the hospital here to express my opinion as chairman of the board on the employment of nuns as nurses in the workhouse hospitals'. Includes answers to queries sent by the bishop regarding the number of Catholics and non-Catholics, the number of nuns in residence, salaries of the nuns, has the presence of the nuns been an additional expense, what are the difficulties the nuns experience form the Guardians or other sources?, what special preparations should nuns make before entering on such work?, etc. 10 queries in all.

Similar letter [only] from Carrickmacross January 8 1898.

A short letter from Parsonstown workhouse on the same issue.

Printed circular No. 78 M/97 [Workhouse rules and Nursing of the sick,11 September 1897].

Letter to My Dear Lord Bishop, from Sr de Sales Children's Hospital Temple Street Dublin March 1902, regarding the hospital and the costs involved in running the hospital.

Circular from the Women's National Health Association, Forthill, Sligo, August 1909, about hiring a special nurse. Letter addressed to the Joint Committee of Management, Sligo Infirmary.

Report, 17 July 1895, regarding nursing in the Killarney Union workhouse to the Guardians of the same workhouse from the medical officer.

Letter regarding the value of the nuns as nurses in Manorhamilton workhouse, 20 December 1897.

Newscutting about Ballyshannon Workhouse Infirmary dated 21 December 1897? plus correspondence and manuscript report on the same issue.

Letter and report regarding nursing in Mohill workhouse, 19 January 1898.

Manuscript report on nursing in Enniscorthy workhouse, 19 January 1898.

Letter and report for Dungarvan workhouse on nursing 29 January 1898.

Report on nursing from Killarney Union 4 February 1898.

Another report on nursing, 11 December 1897, union not named.

A file containing the following:

A report on nursing January 24, 189? from Clonmel workhouse, with letter from Sr Mary Ignatius.

A report on nursing 11 January 1898 from Kilmacthomas workhouse, and letter.

A report on nursing 3 February 1898 from Fermoy workhouse.

Long letter from Kinsale on nursing from nun, 14 December 1897.

A report on nursing 15 January 1898 from Kilrush workhouse, and letter.

A report on nursing, no date, from Ennis workhouse.

A report on nursing, 12 January 1898, from Dingle workhouse, and letter.

A report on nursing, 17 December 1897, from Cork workhouse, and letter.

A report on nursing 17 December 1897 from Bantry workhouse, and letter.

A report on nursing 10 January 1898 from Naas workhouse, and letter.

A report on nursing 21 December 1897 from Kilkenny workhouse, and letter.

A report on nursing January 1898 from the North Dublin Union workhouse, and letter.

Answers to queries on the South Dublin Union workhouse, no date.

A report on nursing 3 January 1898 from Cellbridge workhouse, and letter.

A report on nursing 30 December 1897 from Callan workhouse, and letter.

A report on nursing 13 December 1897 from Carlow workhouse, and letter.

A report on nursing 11 December 1897 from Tralee workhouse, and letter.

A report on nursing 21 December 1897 from Gort workhouse, and letter.

A report on nursing 20 December 1897 from Skibereen workhouse, and letter.

A report on nursing 10 January 1898 from Listowel workhouse, and letters.

A report on nursing December 1897 from Athy workhouse, and letter.

A report on nursing 14 December 1897 from Cavan workhouse, and letter.

A report on nursing 12 January 1898 from Dundalk workhouse, and letter.

A 56 page manuscript report on nursing in Irish workhouses based on the information gathered in queries to the various workhouses. Not complete, pages appear to be missing.

AccessThe Elphin Diocesan Archive is a private archive, maintained in a location which is not immediately accessible or open to the public. Queries should be directed to the archivist.
Century19th, 20th
Repository NameElphin Diocesan Archives (RC)
AddressSt. Mary’s Temple Street Sligo
EircodeF91 KTX2
Telephone(071) 916-2670
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CommentStaff of the Women's History Project constructed an outline list of the material. Due to time constraints, not all items in this repository were examined individually.We are grateful for the assistance provided by Mgr Gerard Dolan.