Fermoy Workhouse

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

The Fermoy Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1839. The Workhouse was adapted from a pre-existing building, a barracks, which opened in 1841 at a cost of £4,399. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 900 inmates. The Fermoy Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Ahern, Ardnageehy, Ballyhooly, Ballynoe, Castlelyons, Castletownroche, Derryvillane, Fermoy, Glanworth, Kilcummer, Kildorrery, Kilgullane, Killatty, Kilworth, Knockmourne, Macrooney, Marshalstown, Mitchelstown, Mogeely, Pharihy, Rathcormack, and Templemologga. 

In 1857 a new Fermoy Workhouse was constructed to house700 inmates at a cost of £18,000. 

In 1863, after medical advice on the matter, a Turkish bath was installed in Fermoy Workhouse. 

The Fermoy Workhouse site is now occupied by St Patrick's Community Hospital with some of the original buildings still standing. 




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  • Edward Gormly (ab 1824 - 1897) was the Workhouse Master at the Fermoy Workhouse, and his son, Francis Martin Gormly (1868 - 1935) appears to have succeeded him.  DNA matches connect Edward's descendants to several of my cousins who descend from Gormlys from County Roscommon.  I would love to learn more about the Fermoy Workhouse, to include where I might find additional records to research.  I have researched descendants of Edward Gormly and his wife, Mary Casey (1841 - 1888) on irishgenealogy.ie and in other online databases.  Edward and Mary had a number of children born at the workhouse in Fermoy and I have tracked them to England, Australia, and the United States.   Helen Shimek



    H. Shimek

    Sunday 3rd November 2019, 04:47PM
  • Hi Helen, 

    Wow that's so interesting! Have you written up Chronicles for Edward Gormly and his family? If not then I could help you get started and we can link them to the Fermoy Workhouse as staff. 

    In terms of finding out where more details about the Fermoy Workhouse are kept, your best option is to contact the Cork archivists directly at  archivist@corkcity.ie

    Best of luch infinding out more and please keep us posted!\

    Valerie - IrelandXO Team

    Monday 4th November 2019, 09:18AM
  • Thank you for your response.  I have not written up Chronicles for Edward Gormly and is family.  


    H. Shimek

    Tuesday 5th November 2019, 10:24PM
  • Hi Helen, 

    I would be happy to help you get started if you want to email me any details that you might have at vkelly@irelandxo.com

    All the best


    Thursday 7th November 2019, 05:39PM
  • I am researching my family tree and it seems that my grandfather (who I never knew) was in the workhouse and left to travel to Nottingham in England where he met my grandmother. His name was Patrick Bartholomew Driscoll. Is there anyone in the Fermoy area that could help us find out more?

    Sean Driscoll

    Thursday 14th November 2019, 12:11AM
  • Hi Sean, 

    Your best bet to get some help with this would be to post directly in the Fermoy or even County Cork Message Boards as more people will see it there. For more detailed records from Fermoy Workhouse you can contact the County Cork archivist directly at archivist@corkcity.ie 

    Good luck in your research!

    All the best

    Valerie - IrelandXO Team



    Thursday 14th November 2019, 11:34AM

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