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Roscommon Workhouse Notice

Courtesy of the Irish National Archives
9 January 1847


A notice informing that Roscommon Workhouse was full to its capacity of 900. In January 1847 the Roscommon Workhouse held over 980 people. The notice also states that no more food will be distributed to those people who came to the workhouse seeking admittance but for whom there was no room. Under the Poor Law Act the provision of 'outdoor relief' was strictly prohibited. 

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