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Workhouses serving this county

Ballinrobe (opened 1842) townlands & parishes

Castlebar (opened 1842) townlands & parishes

Ballina (opened 1843) townlands & parishes

Westport (opened 1845) townlands & parishes

Swinford (opened 1846) townlands & parishes


Opened in the wake of the Great Famine 

Belmullet (opened 1852) townlands & parishes

Claremorris (opened 1852) townlands & parishes

Killala (opened 1852) townlands & parishes

Newport (opened 1852) townlands & parishes


Some workhouses located in a neighbouring county also served some Co. Mayo residents who loved on the county border (that town being in closer proximity). 


Dromore West (opened 1852) townlands & parishes

Tobercurry (opened 1853) townlands & parishes


Castlerea (opened 1846) townlands & parishes


Clifden (opened 1847) townlands & parishes  (esp. Co. Mayo islands)

Oughterard (opened 1852) townlands & parishes


Workhouse PLU Boundaries

Poor Law Union (PLU) or workhouse boundaries were unrelated to those of the civil parishes and in some cases only served a handful of townlands within a given parish (the remainder being served by an entirely different workhouse and PLU).

To figure out which workhouse an ancestor may have resorted to, or which parish of origin a known inmate had to have previously resided...

SEARCH the PLU Boundary Maps HERE.


Link an Ancestor to a Workhouse

To connect your ancestor to any of these workhouses, all you have to do is: 

  1. create an Ancestor Chronicle

  2. under "Link a Building" start typing the name of the workhouse

  3. select workhouse from the dropdown list and

  4. save

By doing this, you have the potential to discover more by way of other members who share the same connections. 

About Irish Workhouses

READ The Workhouse Story (Irish Workhouse Centre)

READ The Workhouse in Ireland (Higginbotham)

Address Co. Mayo, Ireland
Parish(es) Mayo Ballinrobe (Mayo) Aglish (Mayo) Kilmoremoy (Mayo) Oughaval (Mayo) Kilconduff (Mayo) Kilcommon Erris (Mayo) Kilmore (Mayo) Claremorris (Mayo) Killala (Mayo) Burrishoole (Mayo)
Category (ies) Heritage/Culture