Clifden (Galway)

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Clifden Workhouse on Historic 25 inch map (1897-1913)
Clifden 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 Clifden Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1840. The Workhouse was opened in 1847 at a cost of £4,500. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 300 inmates, but census records show that the true number of inmates reached as high as 1,114 in 1849. The Clifden Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Ballindoon, Clifden, Renvyle, and Roundstone. 

In 1922 Clifden was occupied by the Irish Republican Army who burned down the Union Workhouse



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  • In 1890's a relation of mine was master of Clifden Workhouse - Patrick Higgins ( of Clonbur)  - he died while still in the employment in 1895. He was also related to Joseph Gorham of Clifden and Mrs M J King .of Clifden.


    Saturday 9th November 2019 10:40PM
  • Would people from Carna and Kilkerrin have been sent here?

    Tommy Cloherty

    Monday 11th November 2019 08:38AM
  • Bishboy that's really interesting, have you writted up a Chronicle for your ancestor? We can link him to the Clifden Workhouse as the Master. If not then we can help you get started. 

    Valerie - IrelandXO Team

    Chronicles Editor

    Monday 11th November 2019 08:51AM
  • Hi Tommy, 

    I would imagine that people from Kilkerrin would have been housed in Glenamaddy Workhouse. Here is the link to that chronicle

    As for Carna, going purely by geography I would imagine that they were either sent to Clifden like people from Roundstone, or Oughterard like people from Lettermore. 

    I hope this helps. 

    Are you looking for someone in particular?

    Valerie - IrelandXO Team

    Chronicles Editor

    Monday 11th November 2019 08:56AM
  • Looks like I never followed up on my previous comment . perhaps I could get some help in starting this "chronicle" in the near future . My enthusiasm is some what  waining at present so a kick/start might be helpful .


    Monday 28th December 2020 05:34PM
  • Hi there, here is a link to a video tutorial where I explain the process.

    Chronicles Editor

    Monday 4th January 2021 12:19PM

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