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

The Rathdown Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1839. The Workhouse was opened in 1841 at a cost of £6,600. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 600 inmates. The Rathdown Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Blackrock, Dundrum, Glencullen, Killiney, Kingstown, Rathmichael, and Stillorgan in Co. Dublin, and Bray, Powerscourt, and Delgany in Co. Wicklow. 

The Rathdown Workhouse site is now occupied by St Columkille's Hospital, Loughlinstown, with some of the original buildings surviving. 


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  • I have an ancestor who was born and lived in Dublin city but her place of death is Rathdown. I am sure this means she died in the Rathdown workhouse. Is there a list of people who were there? Her name is Rebecca Graham, maiden name Morcott born around 1820. Her husband was Peter Graham and I have her death as 1897 but I have my suspicions that may not be correct. Can anyone help please?


    Tuesday 5th October 2021 10:53PM
  • Rathdown is the Union and the Registration District, and that doesn't necessarily mean she died at the Workhouse. There is a Rebecca Graham in the civil records who died in 1897 at Bray, Wicklow (which is in the Rathdown R.D.). She was a 77-year-old widow. You can search online for free and view the document at Workhouse records are found on FindmyPast, but I don't see her listed there.

    Toni Thomas

    Tuesday 25th January 2022 01:44PM

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