My great grandparents were Anne Ryan 1839-1877, (daughter of Laurence Ryan and Margaret Comerford) and Thomas Cochrane 1835-1895, (son of Robert Cochrane and ?). Anne Ryan and Thomas Cochrane were married in Castlecomer in 1868. They were Master and Mistress of the Castlecomer Workhouse.
Anne Ryan Cochrane died 26 Nov 1877. See attachment below "Kilkenny Moderator 1877 (2). pdf " for her death announcement.
See attachment below "Kilkenny Moderator December 8, 1877" under
for a discussion of the need to hire a MATRON to replace Mrs Cochrane (deceased)
See also email attachment "Kilkenny Journal 1877" under the title "The Matronship" for a discussion of the salary for the replacement of Mrs Cochrane. Note Mr Kenny who wanted to lower the salary from 35 pounds per year to 20 pounds per year or to advertise the job to whoever would take it for the lowest salary. This was not accepted but they did lower the salary from 35 pounds to 25 pounds. No wonder the Irish came to America.
I believe that Anne Ryan Cocnrane is likely buried in the Castlecomer Workhouse Cemetery but I have been unable to confirm that. Her husband Thomas Cochrane came to Philadelphia PA where one of his daughters (Margaret Cochrane 1870-1960) lived and also his brother in law James J Ryan 1848-1929 also lived. Thomas Cochrane died at 60 years old and is buried in Old Cathedral Cemetery in Philadelphia, Pa.
I have not figured out how to post the referenced attachments here. If anybody can tell me how, I will do that.