My paternal grandmother, Mary McHugh was born in the Kilrush Workhouse in 1884. She immigrated to the US with her uncle, James McHugh, in 1896.
The Kilrush Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1838. The Workhouse was opened in 1842 at a cost of £8,150. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 800 inmates. The Kilrush Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Kilballyoan, Kildysert, Kilfidduan, Kilkee, Killard, Killiner, Killofin, Kilmacdooan, Kilmihil, Kilmurry, Kilrush, Knock, and Moyarta.
In 1850, a report was carried out of the Kilrush Workhouse which can be accessed here.
In 1922 the infirmary at the Kilrush Workhouse was redesignated as the Kilrush District Hospital. The site is now occupied by housing and a school with none of the original buildings survivng.
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jimg20Sunday 22nd November 2020, 03:06AM
We would love it if you added Mary McHugh to the Ancestor Chronicles. She can be linked directly to the Kilrush Workhouse. If you click on this link it will take you to a recording of a Webinar where I explain the process.
Chronicles EditorMonday 23rd November 2020, 10:21AM