Hi, how can I search the workhouse in Thurles for an Ellen Cavanagh born about 1839/40 and maybe went to USA in about 1848-55. She might have been left an orphan if her parents died during the start of the Irish famine, therefore been shipped off to the USA, New York or Boston, for a better life.
The following information was provided by Mr Steve Dolan, Manager of The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co. Galway
The Thurles Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1839. The Workhouse was opened in 1842 at a cost of £7,100. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 700 inmates, but census records show that the true number of inmates reached as high as 1,769 in 1852. The Thurles Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Ballycahill, Ballymoreen, Boolick, Burris, Burrisoleigh, Drom, Fermor, Holycross, Inch, Kilcooly, Loughmore, Moyaliffe, Moycarkey, Moyne, Rahealty, Templebeg, Templeree, Templemore, Templetoohy, and Thurles.
Thurles Workhouse became a health care facility, with the older buildings being demolished in 2004.
Some of the records from Thurles Workhouse are now available online at http://tipperarystudies.ie/