My great grandmother Bridget Kirby was in Kilmacthomas Workhouse from around 1866 to November of 1869. Her father Edward/Edmund Kirby was a miner and left Bonmahon, Waterford when the mines started to fail. He emigtrated around 1866 to the US leaving his wife Margaret Blake Kirby in the Workhouse along with his 3 children, Bridget, David and Michael. Edward sent passage for Margaret and Michael in 1868 and then passage for Bridget and David the following year in 1869. I have read some on the Kilmacthomas Workhouse and was wondering if anyone has any information on the workhouse there or if they had relatives that were also in there. I don't know if there are any Kirby's left in Bonmahon or Knockmahon or if they would even be relatives. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Christy Yount.
The Kilmacthomas Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1850. The Workhouse was built at a cost of £6,605. The Kilmacthomas Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Annestown, Ballylaneen, Carrigcastle, Comeragh, Dunhill, Fews, Fox's Castle, Gardenmorris, Georgestown, Kilbarrymeaden, Kilmacthomas, Knockmahon, Mountkennedy, Newtown, Stradbally, and Tinnassaggart.
The Kilmacthomas Workhouse was closed in 1919 and the site is now being developed for residential purposes.
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