CastletowndelvinCounty Westmeath

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Castletowndelvin Workhouse on Historic 25 inch map (1897-1913)
Castletowndelvin Workhouse on Historic 25 inch map (1897-1913)

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

The Castletowndelvin Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1850. The Workhouse was opened in 1853 at a cost of £6,085. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 400 inmates, but census records show that the Catsletowndelvin Workhouse never even reached 50% capacity as the highest recorded population was 183 inmates in 1853. This is not an indication of affluence in the area but instead a result of the Castletowndelvin Workhouse not opening until after the worst years of the famine had passed. The Castletowndelvin Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Ballinlough, Ballyhealy, Ballynaskeagh, Bracklin, Clonarney, Collinstown, Copperally, Delvin, Faughalstown, Fore, Hilltown, Kilcummy, Killua, Killulagh, Kilpatrick, Kinturk, Riverdale, and Rosemead.

The site is now occupied by cottages. 


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  • I believe my father Patrick Joseph Geelan was born here in January 1900 to Catherine Geelan an unmarried mother, His maternal grandmother was Mary Geelan nee Mulligan and was originally from Mount Nugent or Kilbride any information would be very welcome!

    kathy o brien

    Tuesday 4th August 2020, 10:25AM

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