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Longford Workhouse on Historic 25 inch map (1897-1913)
Longford 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 Longford Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1839. The Workhouse was opened in 1842 at a cost of £8,580. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 1,000 inmates, but census records show that the true number of inmates reached as high as 1,850 in 1849. The Longford Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Agharra, Ardagh, Ballymahon, Ballynamuck, Cashel, Drumlish, Edgeworthstown, Forgney, Kilcommock, Kilglass, Killashee, Longford, Mohill, Moydow, Newtown Forbes, Rathline, Taghshenood, and Taghshinny..

In 1952 the Longford Workhouse became Saint Joseph's Hospital, and most of the old buildings were demolished in the 1970's. 


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  • My great-grandfather, Joseph Shanley, baptised June 10, 1852, at St Mary's Church, Clongish parish, County Longford, died August 24, 1926, in the County Home (former workhouse), Longford. Do any searchable records from this institution exist?




    Sunday 12th April 2020, 01:19PM
  • Hello, 

    Have you created a Chronicle for your Ancestor? If you need any help then this YouTube link explains how to create and upload a Chronicle

    Your best bet for finding more information about the Workhouse records would be to contact the Longford County Council Archivist. 

    This link may be of use to you

    Best of luck with your research

    Valerie - IrelandXO Team

    Chronicles Editor

    Tuesday 14th April 2020, 08:35AM

    My Grandfather, John Early, was born 16 April 1873 at the District of Longford County of Longford Work House according to his Birth Certificate issued in persuance of Birth and Deaths Registration Acts 1863 to 1972 according to the Chief Resident Officer Longford Work House registered 1 May 1873. He immigrated to the United States in 1904. He died 1 November 1932 in Braintree Massachusetts and is buried at St. Francis Cemetery, Weymouth Massachusetts.

    Kevin Clifford


    Monday 11th January 2021, 07:30PM
  • Hi Kevin, 

    A lot of the Workhouse Infirmaries served as lying-in hospitals and they were often the only place where a woman could go to give birth under medical supervision so we do see a lot of births being registered at the Workhouse. It would be great to have your Grandfather on the Ancestor Chronicles. We can link him directly to the Workhouse. This link will take you to a video where I walk you through the process

    Chronicles Editor

    Tuesday 12th January 2021, 09:53AM

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