Ballina, Co. Mayo
Wednesday, October 2, 1850
MEETING OF GUARDIANS
BALLINA UNION - The usual weekly meeting of the Guardians of this Union
was held in the Boardroom on Saturday, Colonel Knox Gore in the chair. There
was a large attendance of ex-officio and elected Guardians, among whom was
noticed Mr. Pratt, Major J.F. Knox, Mr. Malley, Mr John Walsh, Mr. Paget,
Mr. Jones, Mr. A. Knox, Mr. E. Orme, Mr. G. Orme, Mr. H. Joynt, Mr. W.
Joynt, Captain Atkinson, Mr. Wills and Mr. Cunningham. Captain Hamilton, the
Union Inspector, was also present.
Mr. Cunningham acted in the capacities of Guardians and reporter for
the Tyrawly Herald.
The Clerk having read the minutes of the proceedings of the last day of
meeting, and the communications from the Poor Law Commissioners.
Mr. Paget and Mr. Malley called the attention of the Board to several
robberies of wearing apparel and other articles from the Workhouse which had
come under their notice.
The Master then having been called in, stated that it was impossible
for him to prevent these robberies, as he had in the house a set of the
greatest robbers in the country and the only way in which they could be
checked was by a boundary wall to prevent a communication with accomplices
outside. He said that a great quantity of clothing is continually being
taken away by absconders who appear to come into the house for no other
Mr. Paget then proposed and Mr. Pratt seconded the following resolution
which was adopted unanimously-
"That in consequence of the repeated acts of robbery of union property,
and the impossibility of an efficient check being placed on such robberies
without a boundary wall -resolved that an application be made to the Poor
Law Commissioners with a view of obtaining a loan of 250l. for the purpose
of completing the boundary wall which was commenced last year."
The Doctor, in making application for medicines, stated that in cases
of typhus fever the use of wine was absolutely necessary, and that it was
more than probable one or two of his patients would have died last week were
it not for wine. He had in his estimate for the week taken off a dozen of
porter and 3 lbs of arrowroot, and now asked for only 9 bottles of wine, one
for the Fever Hospital and the other for the infirmary.
Colonel Gore was of opinion that so far as wine was necessary for
medical purposes it should be allowed and rather than undo so soon what they
had resolved upon last week, he would willingly pay for it out of his own
pocket for a fortnight.
Captain Hamilton said that he would take any three of the Guardians to
the Hospital and if they, after seeing some of the patients there, were of
opinion that wine should not be allowed, he would not ask for it.
Captain Atkinson and other Guardians objected to any wine being
allowed, and remarked how absurd appear to act contrary to their resolution
passed law week.
Captain Hamilton then desired the Doctor to get wine if required for
the week and he would pay for it.
Mr. Jones, who was the principal person in causing the wine to be
discontinued, came into the Board-room at this stage of the proceedings and
on the necessity for the use of wine as a medicine being represented to him,
he said he would have no objection to one bottle being allowed.
Colonel Gore then said that it were better to allow the matter to
remain as it stood at present and leave the use of wine to the discretion of
the Doctor, who would not find the Guardians unreasonable whenever he would
have occasion for wine medicinally.
On the tenders for groceries, &c., being opened, Captain Atkinson
proposed the following resolution which was carried without a dissenting
"That the weekly rations of the officers of this house form this date
be on the following scale, viz: Tea, 2 oz., Sugar, 1lb, Bread, 10 lbs, Meat,
3 1/2 lbs.Milk, 3 1/2 quarts."
Mr. Cunningham then proposed "That in future the use of tea, sugar,
beef and mutton and such luxuries to the officers of this union be
discontinued; the Master and Matron excepted, and that they be put no a
plain dietary of bread, milk and stirabout." This resolution passed without
any opposition from any Guardian.
Mrs. Bredin was declared contractor for Indian Meal at £7 18s. 6d. per
ton for three months. - Tenders were in for the same article from Messrs.
Gallagher and Co. at £8 4s. 6d. and from Mr. W. Malley, jun., at £8 per ton.
Mr. Malley obtained the contract for oatmeal at £9 per ton.
Mr. Foley got the contract for white bread at 5d. per the 4 lb. loaf
and Mr. West for brown bread at 3d. per 4 lbs. loaf.
The contracts for other articles were as follows: Turf, Daniel
O'Connor, at 3 1/2d. per box- Lime, Neaty Holeran, 5d. per barrel - Coffins,
Mrs. Bredin, 3s. 5d. each- Beef and Mutton, Bernard Callaghan, at 21/2d. per
lb.- Milk, Mr. E. Atkinson, at 15d. per 20 quarts for new, and 8d. per 20
quarts for butter milk, for twelve months.
Mr. M'Kenzie was appointed Relieving Officer for Crossmolina, North
The tender from Mr. Henry Joynt, on the part of Colonel Gore, for
renting 25 statute acres in connexion with the Ardnaree Auxiliary Workhouse
for the purpose of being cultivated by the pauper inmates, was accepted at
30s. per statute acre.
It was agreed to respectfully call the attention of the Poor Law
Commissioners to the fact that the schedule of debts up to the 17th of May
last, amounting to £1800, lies undischarged till the Commissioners be forced
to send funds out of the government advancements pay it off.
After disposing of the usual routine business the Guardians separated.
STATE OF THE HOUSE ON SATURDAY THE 21ST
Remaining on previous Saturday.....1733
Admitted during the week............... 19
Remaining on the above date.........1533
Cathy Joynt Labath
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