Croghan Dispensary established

23rd February 1826
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In 1826, in the village of Croghan, the Parishes of Killucan, Estersnow, Kilcolagh (and part of Killummod and Creeve) saw their first local dispensary established. The dispensary was supported by voluntary subscriptions, with Roscommon Grand Jury providing matching funding. The service was free of charge only to the very poorest in the area (even subscribers could not receive free services). By the early 19th century, public dispensaries had become a most important provider of health services in Ireland.

Roscommon & Leitrim Gazette - Saturday 25 February 1826

CROGHAN DISPENSARY

At a MEETING of the principal INHABITANTS of the Parishes of Killucan, Estersnow, Kilcolagh, and that part of Killummod and Creeve immediately adjoining, held in CROGHAN, on Thursday, 23rd day February, 1826 –

The Rev. CHARLES DUNNE, in the Chair. The following Resolutions were unanimously agreed to:-

RESOLVED — That, having taken into consideration the situation of the poorer inhabitants of the several Parishes above mentioned, with regard to the want of Medical aid, particularly in the winter season the year, we are of opinion that some plan should be adopted to relieve them.

RESOLVED — That it appears to this Meeting, that the most effectual mode to remedy the want stated, would be to establish a Dispensary within the before stated circuit, under such regulations as may hereafter appear most beneficial.  RESOLVED — That a Dispensary be established accordingly, in the town CROGHAN, that being the most central situation within the bounds of the District to be under the direction of a Committee, of the Subscribers, and One Medical Gentleman, who is hereafter to be elected by ballot. 

RESOLVED —  That Subscriptions be immediately entered into, for the above purpose, and that the absent Landed Proprietors within the circuit, be applied to, on this subject without delay.

RESOLVED — That the Rev. Charles Dunne, be requested to act  as Treasurer and Owen Thos. Lloyd, Esq. be requested to act as Secretary to the Institution.

RESOLVED — That all Subscriptions be paid into the treasurer on or before  Saturday the 4th of March next, -in  order to enable him to make but his Account and prepare the necessary affidavit which is to accompany the Presentment to be laid before the Grand Jury, at the approaching Assizes.

RESOLVED —  That this meeting do adjourn to Saturday, the 4th of March next; to be held here, for the purpose, of ascertaining the amount of Subscriptions and finally arranging all matters connected with proposed institution.

 (Signed.) : CHARLES DUNNE, Chairman

The Rev. Charles Dunne, having left the Chair, and John D. Fry Esq. being called thereto, –   

 RESOLVED —  That the thanks of the meeting be given to the Rev. Charles Dunne, for his very proper conduct in the Chair. (signed) John D. Fry Esq. Chairman

Croghan February 23 1826.