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Strokestown Workhouse

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. 


Sunday 1st March 2020, 11:10AM