The following information was provided by Mr Steve Dolan, Manager of The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co. Galway
The Westport Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1840. The Workhouse was opened in 1845 at a cost of £9,800. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 1,000 inmates, but census records show that the true number of inmates reached as high as 1,595 in 1848. The Westport Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Achill, Aughagower, Ballycray, Clare Island, Clogher, Kilmaclasser, Kilmeena, Louisburgh, Newport, and Westport.
The site of the Westport Workhouse is now occupied by a housing estate.
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