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Does anyone know if there is an online resource to find out the name and time-period that local individuals were housed at the Dunshaughlin Work House, particularly for the period 1840 to 1860?

If you do, can you email me via

Thank you,

John L. Dowdle

Monday 14th March 2022, 01:34PM

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  • John:

    You may have seen this article on the Dunshauglin Workhouse. The Navan library has Guardian Minute books but it is not clear if any records are available for people who were admitted and discharged from the workhouse. You may want to e-mail the Navan library.

    Roger McDonnell

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 14th March 2022, 02:57PM
  • Roger,

    Thank you for your reply.  I have previously seen this information, which seems to confirm that actual names of work house inmates were not recorded.

    As far as the trustees or guardians were concerned, actual numbers of inmates and changes in numbers were considered more important.

    I was - literally - shocked to read somewhere else that around 1,000 former work house inmates had been burried in a field behind the workhouse.

    Intriguingly - this very week - a BBC Radio 4 "Open Country" programme broadcast involved local people in England 'reclaiming' the identities of similar forgotten inmates buried in a burial field behind a workhouse in Bath. The local council had redesignated the area from a burial fields to an open space in the 1970s, which - I have to say - seems to me to have been enormously disrespectful.

    For anyone who might be interested in setting up a similar project for Dunshaughlin or any of the other Irish workhouses, the programme can be heard at 

    I wonder how many of the 1,000 or so former inmates buried behind the Dunshaughlin Work House had their identities recorded?

    Saturday 30th April 2022, 12:52PM