There is much information about Loughrea workhouse in my book, "The Leaving of Loughrea". It also describes the departure, voyage and reception of three girls from my family to Australia under the Earl Grey Scheme. Two girls were from Loughrea workhouse and one from Ballinasloe. The book describes life in the Loughrea from about 1818 to 1848 and gives a background to causes of the dreadful problems of that times. It also describes voyages of Irish emigrants to the USA and to England. It is best obtained from Amazon. Thanks, Stephen Lally
The following information was provided by Mr Steve Dolan, Manager of The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co. Galway
The Loughrea Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1839. The Workhouse was opened in 1842 at a cost of £8,700. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 800 inmates, but census records show that the true number of inmates reached as high as 2,436 in 1849. The Loughrea Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Athenry, Ballynakill, Clonkeen, Craughwell, Duniry, Kilchreest, Kilconierin, Killenadeema, Killimordaly, Kilmeen, Kilrickle, Kiltulla, Loughrea, Portumna, and Tynagh.
As workhouses aroung the county were being closed in the 1920's, the most destitute of inmates were relocated to Loughrea Workhouse which continued to be used as the County Home. Today the Workhouse is in the ownership of the HSE and is used as a medical centre.
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stephenMonday 11th November 2019, 10:02AM
I have your book and enjoyed finding some ancestors mentioned. Thank you for writing it.
lslysaghtFriday 10th April 2020, 05:43PM
The Galway Archives holds the Board of Guardians Minute Books, but does not have the Admissions Books. Anyone know of they still exist?
BradyLRobbinsThursday 21st January 2021, 12:24AM
I was wondering the same thing. My great grandmothers death record lists the Loughrea County Home as her place of death in 1938. She was from Dunmore, Galway. Ives written to several agencies in an attempt to locate any records for her without success. I understand it is now run by St Brendan's. I would love to find out where the records might be stored.
marysunnysideThursday 21st January 2021, 01:08AM