Item OHS71 - Parsonstown Union Outgoing Letter-book

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Parsonstown Union Outgoing Letter-book


  • 1849-1853 (Creation)

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1 disbound volume, c.500pp

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(1839 - 1925)

Administrative history

Parsonstown’s Poor Law Union was established on the 8th of May 1839. It was formed from an elected Board of Guardians, with John Drought as chairman, comprising twenty-nine elected members and nine ex-officio Guardians with all members meeting weekly. Parsonstown Union’s area of operation covered 234 square miles from two counties: from Offaly (King’s) – Banagher, Drumcullen, Eglish, Ferbane, Frankfort, Kilcoleman, Kinnety, Lemanagan, Letter, Lusmagh, Seirkyrans, Parsonstown, Shannon Bridge, Shannon Harbour and Tissarin. From County Tipperary – Aglishcloghane, Ballingarry, Dorha, Lockeen, Lorha and Uskeane. The Union was abolished in 1925, with the Board of Guardians powers being transferred to the county councils' Board of Health.


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Donated by Seán Corrigan, Banagher. Previously owned by Seán Corrigan's mother who had an antique furniture business. Donor believes volume was found in an old bureau.

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Copies of outgoing letters from John V. Brown, clerk of Parsonstown Union to various recipients, particularly the Poor Law Commissioners, detailing reliefs and works. Also includes copy outgoing correspondence relating to assisted emigration schemes for inmates of the Parsonstown workhouse during the course of the Great Famine.

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By confirmed appointment only. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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May be reproduced in accordance with Offaly Archives Copying Policy and the provisions of the Copyright and Related Rights Act (2000). Copying is at the absolute discretion of Offaly Archives. No reproduction online, in print or broadcast without express permission of copyright holder.

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  • English

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Disbound with pages missing, letters 1-63. Back page torn. Otherwise in good order and legible. c. 500pp

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