CollectionAchill Island Improvement Fund
Collection DescriptionThe Achill Island Improvement Fund was set up in the wake of the disaster in May, 1894 when 34 islanders en route for harvest work in Scotland drowned when their overladen hooker, the Victory, capsized. The Dublin Corporation fund was intended to ensure an end to the seasonal migration of the islanders in search of work. Little money was in fact collected, but the collection is of interest for several reasons, first among which is that the Fund in intent and purpose, is a forerunner of the Congested Districts Board.

The Collection includes letters from subscribers relating to events organised for the Fund and accounts of disbursements, though not, apparently, to the islanders. These include, for example:

Ch 4/R/5-11 Receipts issued by Alice Croker, Secretary, Royal Irish Association for Promoting the Training and Employment of Women, 21 Kildare Street Dublin , July 1894. 7 items.

AccessBy prior appointment.
Repository NameDublin City Library and Archive
Address138-144 Pearse Street Dublin 2
EircodeD02 HE37
Telephone(01) 222-4999
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CommentThe information listed from this repository has been extracted from lists available in the archive. The lists were compiled by archive staff and we are grateful for their assistance. It must be remembered that due to time constraints, not all items in this repository were examined individually.