Item 3 - Repayment of Relief Account Book

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IE OCL BG164/3


Repayment of Relief Account Book


  • 1854 - 1912 (Creation)

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1 Volume

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(1839 - 1925)

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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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Ledger containing the following accounts:
(1)'Sums received from persons in receipt of relief by way of loan', listing date, from whom received, number of days of loan, the electoral division which will receive amount and the amount given;
(2)'Sums received on account of articles sold', listing date, from whom account is to be credited, e..g Patrick Daly sold old rags and shoes, and the money is to be credited to the clothing a/c; and
(3) 'Sums received for relief administered by way of loan and for constabulary patients', listing date, from whom received, and to whom relief is to be administered (listed by occupation rather than name).
Also includes miscellaneous correspondence pasted into the endpapers of the volume.

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By appointment only. Contact Offaly Archives at

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May be reproduced in accordance with provisions of the Copyright and Related Rights Act (2000). No reproduction online, in print or broadcast without express permission of copyright holder.

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Michael Murphy, Anne Coughlan and Gráinne Doran, 'Grand Jury to Áras An Chontae', (Jetprint: Tullamore, 2003).

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Michael Murphy, Anne Coughlan and Gráinne Doran, 'Grand Jury to Áras An Chontae', (Jetprint: Tullamore, 2003).

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September 2019, Erin Sears




Michael Murphy, Anne Coughlan and Gráinne Doran, 'Grand Jury to Áras An Chontae', (Jetprint: Tullamore, 2003).

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