Croom Workhouse and Fever Hospital

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The Newcastle Union workhouse was erected in 1839-40 on a five-acre site to the north of Newcastle West at a cost of £7600. The Union served a population of 51,650, had accommodation for 550 inmates; it was overseen by a board of 29 Guardians. During the famine and extra 360 inmates were accommodated in the workhouse. The eastern part of the union went to form part of the new CROOM Union in 1850. A fever hospital was built on the site and in 1891 the Sisters of Mercy began to provide nursing care in the workhouse hospital.

Croom Poor Law Union

The Croom Poor Law Union was created in 1850 by amalgamating the eastern part of the Newcastle Union and the western part of the Rathkeale Union.

The Croom workhouse was built on a three-acre site to the north east of Croom village at a cost of £7350. It had accommodation for 600 inmates and had a separate fever hospital towards the rear of the workhouse.

In 1924, the buildings were reopened as the Limerick County Hospital and incorporated a general hospital, fever hospital and maternity hospital. It functioned as the county hospital for almost 30 years.

When the Limerick Regional Hospital was opened in 1956, the Croom Hospital became St Nessan’s Orthopaedic Hospital and it continues in that role today as part of the Midwestern Regional Complex.


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