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Social Welfare in the 19th Century

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Full title: The Poor Law in County Carlow

Creator / Author: Eva Ó Cathaoir

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 59p

When Published: 2008

Publisher / Place of Publication: Geography Publications / 24 Kennington Road, Templeogue, Dublin 6W.

Parent Publication [book]: Carlow: history & society. Interdisciplinary essays on the history of an Irish county / edited by Thomas McGrath / 1070pp

About: In 1838 the Poor Law was brought in to set up a system of administration for providing assistance to the many destitute people in Ireland. Over a hundred and sixty Poor Law districts or unions were established. A tax was levied on ratepayers to fund this relief measure thus making it a forerunner of our modern social welfare system. This book chapter deals with how the system operated within County Carlow and parts of West Wicklow.

ID number(s): 9780906602386

Contents: Social conditions in pre-Famine Carlow –Workhouses: Administration – Boards of guardians and staff – Inmates – Women inmates – Nightlodgers – Life in the workhouse — Work, education and training – Religion — The Famine – Diet — Number of inmates – Outdoor relief – Workhouse administration during the Famine – Famine-related illness in the Carlow workhouses – Emigration – Outdoor relief and population trends – Health care in the post-Famine period – Child care – The legacy of the Poor Law – Acknowledgements — References.

WW Connection #1: The Poor Law Unions of Baltinglass and Shillelagh were responsible for parts of Carlow and much information about them is included in this article.

Extra #1: Includes 31 tables of data.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: Link to the Publisher’s website:  http://www.geographypublications.com/

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