Macroom Workhouse

MacroomCounty Cork

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

The Macroom Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1839. The Workhouse was opened in 1842 at a cost of £9,369. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 600 inmates. The Macroom Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Aglish, Aghabulloge, Ballyvournay, Cannavee, Clondrohid, Donaghmore, Inchageela, Kilcorney, Kilnamartyr, Macloneigh, Macroom, Magowney, Matehy, Milmurry, and Ovens. 

In 1921 the Macroom Workhouse was burned down by armed civilians. 

The Macroom Workhouse site is now occupied by local Community Hospital with very few of the original buildings surviving. 


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  • My gr. gr. aunt Sister Conception (Susan Tobin) was working the night that the work house was burned down. She was the only nun on duty that night.


    Saturday 11th April 2020, 01:30PM
  • Wow what an interesting story!

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    Tuesday 14th April 2020, 08:25AM

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