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Cashel Workhouse today as St Patrick's Hospital
Cashel Workhouse today as St Patrick's Hospital

The following information was provided by Mr Steve Dolan, Manager of The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co. Galway

The Cashel Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1839. The Workhouse was opened in 1842 at a cost of £6,450. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 700 inmates, but census records show that the true population of Cashel Workhouse reached as high as 2,570 inmates in 1849. The Cashel Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Ardmayle, Ballysheehan, Cashel, Clogher, Cloneen, Clonoulty, Drangan, Fethard, Gaile, Gracetown, Killenaule, Kilpatrick, Kiltinan, Knockgraffan, Magorban, Peppardstown, and Tullemain.

The Cashe Workhouse was repurposed as a health care facility and is now occupied by Saint Patrick's Geriatric Hospital. 

Some records for Cashel Workhouse from are now online and available at


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  • My great grandmother Sarah Lacey (Lacy) died of TB in the Cashel Workhopuse in 1882. Unfortuantely the scanned records held by Tipperary Studies only go up to 1850. It would be very much apprecaited if anyone could point me in the direction of any post famine records for Cashel and in particular the 1880's.


    Peter O'Dwyer



    Thursday 5th December 2019 05:05AM
  • Hi Peter, 

    I think your best option would be to contact the Tipperary County Archivist directily. The website is here . They shoul dbe able to tell you what documents they have access to. If you haven't already made an Ancestor Chronicle for Sarah Lacey, then it would be a good idea to do so and link her to Cashel and the Workhouse, that way others in the area will see it and be able to help you. Lastly, I would highly recommend posting your question in the message board for Tipperary or better yet St John Baptst (the civil parish where the Workhouse is located). That way more people will see it and hopefully be able to help you out. 

    If you need any assistance creating an Ancestor Chronicle then just let me know and I would be more than happy to help. 

    All the best, 

    Valerie - IrelandXO Team

    Chronicles Editor

    Thursday 5th December 2019 11:15AM
  • Hi Valerie.  I can now confirm that the Indoor Register for Cashel Workhouse 1882, which is held today by the Tipperary County Council, has the following entry in respect of my great grandmother Sarah (Lacey) Dwyer:-

    Sarah Dwyer, aged 36, married and a housekeeper, cleanly clad with a residence of Clonoulty West, Ballagh was admitted to Cashel Workhouse on 30/1/1882 and discharged on 22/2/1882. She was re- admitted on 12/7/1882 and died in the workhouse on 19/7/1882.


    Tuesday 29th December 2020 02:42AM
  • That's fantastic news! Have you added Sarah to the Ancestor Chronicles? We can link her to the building. In this video tutorial I explain the process.

    Chronicles Editor

    Monday 4th January 2021 12:21PM

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