Kilrush (Clare)

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Kilrush Workhouse on Historic 25 inch map (1897-1913)
Kilrush Workhouse on Historic 25 inch map (1897-1913)

The Kilrush Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1838. The Workhouse was opened in 1842 at a cost of £8,150. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 800 inmates. The Kilrush Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Kilballyoan, Kildysert, Kilfidduan, Kilkee, Killard, Killiner, Killofin, Kilmacdooan, Kilmihil, Kilmurry, Kilrush, Knock, and Moyarta. 

In 1850, a report was carried out of the Kilrush Workhouse which can be accessed here. 

In 1922 the infirmary at the Kilrush Workhouse was redesignated as the Kilrush District Hospital. The site is now occupied by housing and a school with none of the original buildings survivng. 




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  • My paternal grandmother, Mary McHugh was born in the Kilrush Workhouse in 1884.  She immigrated to the US with her uncle, James McHugh, in 1896.


    Sunday 22nd November 2020 03:06AM
  • Hi there, 

    We would love it if you added Mary McHugh to the Ancestor Chronicles. She can be linked directly to the Kilrush Workhouse. If you click on this link it will take you to a recording of a Webinar where I explain the process. 

    Best wishes


    Chronicles Editor

    Monday 23rd November 2020 10:21AM
  • My great great grandmother and her sister emigrated to Australia in 1849 aboard the ship Pemberton as part of the Earl Grey scheme. I can only assume they came from the Kilrush workhouse. Her name was Mary Anne McDonnell and her sister Johanna. Mary was married by 1850 to a young english stone -mason who travelled to Australia as a 17 year old with his 16 year old sister in 1941. Turbulent and exciting times in Victoria around the the time of depression and the gold rush and the Eureka stockade rebellion. Mary went on to the Wimmera district in north western victoria and had a family of 10 children of which 9 survived. Times of hardship, resilience and an adventurous spirit. Amazing to reflect on my existence being such a fragile thing to have eventuated after such a fateful origin from this ancestral line. Lucky to be here.


    Monday 5th April 2021 02:09AM
  • I have hit a brickwall with one of my paternal ggrandmothers Honorah Gleeson.  I have a copy of her baptism certificate and have sighted it in the original register currently held in the Mullagh Catholic Churc West Clare.  She was born Jun 1840 immigrated to Australia in 1863 married a Micahel Sexton (b. Clonadrum) and died Jan 1918.  On her baptism certificate her parents were Cornelius Gleeson and Mary Lynch and the sponsors Patrick Green and Bridget Lillis all were from Shandrum.  Despite alot of internet research and a visit to the research centre and also the library in West Clare in 2016 I have not been able to find out anyting more of Honorah's parents nor have I been able to confirm that she had siblings.  The guy at the research centre suggested I should look into the workhouse records.  Interestingly I have found a Connor (? Cornelius) and a Mary Gleeson (? nee Lynch) registered in Ireland Civil Registration Death Index 1864 -1958 but I don't know if they are my ancestors nor if they were in the Workhouse at Kilrush
    Connor (?Cornelius) Glesson date of registration 1872 Vol 9 pg 264 FHL file no 101586 registration District Kilrush
    Mary Gleeson (?nee Lynch) date of registration 1887 Vol 4 pg 245 FHL file no 101594 registration District Kilrush

    Can you advise me further. In anticpation Maureen


    Saturday 17th July 2021 12:46AM
  • Valerie, I would love to add my grandmother, but the link you mentioned seems to be missing.


    Thursday 17th February 2022 04:01PM

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