Macroom (Cork)

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

The Macroom Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1839. The Workhouse was opened in 1842 at a cost of £9,369. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 600 inmates. The Macroom Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Aglish, Aghabulloge, Ballyvournay, Cannavee, Clondrohid, Donaghmore, Inchageela, Kilcorney, Kilnamartyr, Macloneigh, Macroom, Magowney, Matehy, Milmurry, and Ovens. 

In 1921 the Macroom Workhouse was burned down by armed civilians. 

The Macroom Workhouse site is now occupied by local Community Hospital with very few of the original buildings surviving. 


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  • My gr. gr. aunt Sister Conception (Susan Tobin) was working the night that the work house was burned down. She was the only nun on duty that night.

    sskelly800, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Saturday 11th April 2020 01:30PM
  • Wow what an interesting story!

    Have you created a Chronicle for your Ancestor? We can now connect your ancestor to the Workhouse. If you need any help creating and uploading a chronicle, then click on this link for a YouTube video detailing how to do this

    Valerie - IrelandXO Team

    Chronicles Editor

    Tuesday 14th April 2020 08:25AM
  • I am trying to trace a grand aunt of mine who was sent to the workhouse sometime between 1901 and 1911. I have found a k.s. on the census 1911. There is also a child listed there which might have been her daughter, as she had been sent there because she was pregnant. The child has the same initials and is also listed as being from ballinagree. How can I further my search for this poor lost member of the family.


    Sunday 17th January 2021 08:56PM
  • Hi Noreen, 

    Try getting in touch with the County Cork Archivist. This link should be helpful

    Chronicles Editor

    Monday 18th January 2021 10:29AM

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