Strokestown Workhouse

KilglassCounty Roscommon

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Strokestown 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 Strokestown Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1850. The Workhouse was opened in 1852 at a cost of £7,575. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 600 inmates, but census records show that the true number of inmates reached as high as 756 in its fist year of operation. The Strokestown Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Annagmore, Ballygarden, Bumlin, Cloonfinlough, Cloonyquin, Creeve, Cregga, Elia, Elphin, Kilglass, Killavackan, Killukin, Lissonuffy, Ogulla, Roosky, Rossmore, Strokestown, Tarmonbarry, and Tulsk.

The Strokestown Workhouse was closed in 1920 and demolished shortly afterwards, and all that remains now is an archaeological feature (a mound) which was used as a burial ground.  

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Type of Building:

Workhouse

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  • I wanted to post this message for the Strokestown Workhouse. My great, great grandmother Catherine McDonnell McCormack gave birth to her son Francis at Strokestown Workhouse on October 4, 1864, which is the year civil registration of Catholic births began. Within a month, sons Thomas and William died at home in Corboghil of scarletina.  Catherine was present at their deaths. I have always wondered why she gave birth at the workhouse and if other family members were with her. Obviously they were in Corboghil soon after Francis's birth. Did Catherine bring scarletina home with her?  I would appreciate any insights. 

    Lynne

    Sunday 1st March 2020, 11:20AM
  • I wanted to post this message for the Strokestown Workhouse. My great, great grandmother Catherine McDonnell McCormack gave birth to her son Francis at Strokestown Workhouse on October 4, 1864, which is the year civil registration of Catholic births began. Within a month, sons Thomas and William died at home in Corboghil of scarletina.  Catherine was present at their deaths. I have always wondered why she gave birth at the workhouse and if other family members were with her. Obviously they were in Corboghil soon after Francis's birth. Did Catherine bring scarletina home with her?  I would appreciate any insights. 

    Lynne

    Sunday 1st March 2020, 11:21AM
  • Hi Lynne, 

    Some of the Union Workhouses served a double purpose as lying-in hospitals, so it is entirely possiblet hat it would have been the norm for local women to go there to give birth. 

    Have you created Chronicles for Catherine and Francis? We can link them to the building and hopefully connect you with others who have a similar story. 

    If you need any help doing this, please feel free to contact me at vkelly@irelandxo.com

    Many Thanks

    Valerie - IrelandXO Team

    Chronicles Editor

    Monday 2nd March 2020, 07:45AM

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