Gort Kilmacduagh And KiltartanCounty Galway

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Gort Workhouse on Historic 25 inch map (1897-1913)
Gort 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 Gort Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1839. The Workhouse was opened in 1841, making it the first in the county to open and receive inmates. It was built at a cost of £6,500. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 500 inmates, but census records show that the true number of inmates reached as high as 1,773 in 1849. The Gort Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Ardrahan, Beagh, Kilbeacanty, Killeenavarra, Killeenaran, Kilmacduagh, Kiltartan, Kilthomas, Kinvara, and  also Kilkeedy in Co. Clare.

Gort Workhouse was inundated with debts due to severe mismanagement. In 1849, much of the contents of the Workhouse were sold off to pay these debts. 


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  • I Believe my great grandfather William Carr worked in this workhouse, in what capacity i do not know.


    Thursday 14th January 2021, 01:29AM
  • Have you added him to the Ancestor Chronicles? We can connect him directly to the Workhouse. This link will take you to a video where I explain the process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG2FDXyo4EQ

    Chronicles Editor

    Thursday 14th January 2021, 09:42AM