Fonds BG85 - Records of Edenderry Union

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Records of Edenderry Union


  • 1879 - 1919 (Creation)

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10 Books

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(1839 - 1925)

Administrative history

Edenderry’s Poor Law Union was formed on the 7th of May in 1839. The Union was controlled by twenty-two elected Board of Guardians, as well as seven ex-officio Guardians, who all met weekly. It covered an area of 290 square miles, representing seventeen electoral divisions from three different counties: from Offaly (King’s) – Ballinakill, Ballyburly, Ballymacwilliam, Clonmore, Clonsast, Croghan and Edenderry. From County Kildare – Ardkill, Ballynadrimna, Cadamstown, Carbury, Cloncurry, Mylerstown, Rathangan, and from County Meath – Ballyboggan, Castlejordan, Clonard. 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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10 Minute Books

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BG85 is arranged as follows:
BG85/1/1-10: Minute Books

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Conditions governing access

By appointment only. Contact Offaly Archives at [email protected]

Conditions governing reproduction

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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  • English

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Publication note

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

Publication note

Ciaran Reilly, 'The minute book of Edenderry Poor Law Union, 1895' in Offaly Heritage, Vol.6, (Tullamore, 2013)

Publication note

Michael Murphy, 'Edenderry: A Leinster Town', (Tullamore, 2004)

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The following gaps are noted in the Edenderry Union Minute Books -
November 1881 - July 1897
August 1899 - July 1901
October 1902 - December 1907
February 1909 - July 1915
September 1916 - August 1917
April 1918 - February 1919

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Dates of creation revision deletion

June 2019, Erin Sears


  • English



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