Fonds BG164 - Records of Parsonstown Union

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Records of Parsonstown Union


  • 1839 - 1931 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

160 volumes

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Name of creator

(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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97 Minute Books

55 Rough Minute Books

1 Repayment of Relief Book

1 Rent Book

1 Document relating to the King's County Directory

1 Lease

3 Workhouse Registers

2 Financial Minute Books

1 Dispensary District Ledger

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System of arrangement

BG164 is arranged as follows:
BG164/1/1-97: June 1839 - August 1921
(Note: name changes to Birr Union after January 1900).
BG164/2/1-55: Rough Minute Books
BG164/3: Repayment of Relief Book
BG164/4: Rent Book
BG164/5: Document
BG164/6: Lease
BG164/7/1-3: Workhouse Registers
BG164/8/1-2: Financial Minute Books
BG164/9: Dispensary District Ledger

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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.

Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

BG164/7/1 is listed as part only, cover missing, with the following pages damaged - 1, 2, 4, 28, 54, 55.
BG164/7/2 is listed with the following pages missing - 1, 14, 15, 16, 17, 148, 149, and with the following pages damaged - fly leaf, index, 8. 9. 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 21.
BG164/7/3 contains loose pages only.

Finding aids

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

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Publication note

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

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Dates of creation revision deletion

June 2019, Erin Sears




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

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