The following information was provided by Mr Steve Dolan, Manager of The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co. Galway
The Roscommon Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1839. The Workhouse was opened in 1843 at a cost of £8,988. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 900 inmates, but census records show that the true number of inmates reached as high as 2,730 in 1849. The Roscommon Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Athleague, Clonfinlough, Cloontuskert, Cloonygormican, Elphin, Kilbride, Kilgefin, Killukin, Kilteevan, Kiltrustan, Knockcroghery, Lissonuffy, Roscommon, Strokestown, and Tulsk in Co. Roscommon and Dunamon and Kilbegnet in Co. Galway.
The Roscommon Workhouse is now the Sacred Heart Hospital.
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