KilrushCounty Clare

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

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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  • 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.


    Sunday 22nd November 2020, 03:06AM
  • Hi there, 

    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. 

    Best wishes


    Chronicles Editor

    Monday 23rd November 2020, 10:21AM
  • My great great grandmother and her sister emigrated to Australia in 1849 aboard the ship Pemberton as part of the Earl Grey scheme. I can only assume they came from the Kilrush workhouse. Her name was Mary Anne McDonnell and her sister Johanna. Mary was married by 1850 to a young english stone -mason who travelled to Australia as a 17 year old with his 16 year old sister in 1941. Turbulent and exciting times in Victoria around the the time of depression and the gold rush and the Eureka stockade rebellion. Mary went on to the Wimmera district in north western victoria and had a family of 10 children of which 9 survived. Times of hardship, resilience and an adventurous spirit. Amazing to reflect on my existence being such a fragile thing to have eventuated after such a fateful origin from this ancestral line. Lucky to be here.


    Monday 5th April 2021, 02:09AM

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