Tipperary Archive

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Home of local studies research for Tipperary County Council Library Service.

We have now launched the Poor Law Union Digital Archive, comprising Workhouse Minute Books from Borrisokane, Cashel, Clogheen, Clonmel, Nenagh, Roscrea, Thurles and Tipperary, 1839 – 1852.

Background

When word filtered through that libraries would close as part of Covid-19 restrictions, in January 2021, staff at Tipperary County Council Library Service embarked on a project to digitise items from the Poor Law Union Minute Book collection, which it holds at Tipperary Studies.

The Minute Books in the collection are those which have survived from eight Poor Law Unions, Borrisokane, Cashel, Clogheen, Clonmel, Nenagh, Roscrea, Thurles and Tipperary. The initial plan was to digitise Minute Books which would cover the pre-Famine and Famine era, but as libraries remained closed due to ongoing restrictions a date of 1852 as a cut of point was deemed achievable, so staff worked to digitise items up to this date. The team involved in the project were Pat Bracken, Mary Guinan-Darmody, Jane Bulfin, Aoife Moore and Greg MacDonald. As may be seen, ninety minute books, totalling 42,165 page scans were completed. The Minute Books are broken down into manageable PDF documents, 322 in total.

archive team

Statistics:

Board of Guardian Minute Books for eight Poor Law Unions, 1839-1852

​Stats:                         Page scans        Minute Books        PDFs        Starts                Vols missing

Borrisokane            1443                    3                                11            June 1850

Cashel                      4193                    11                              35            March 1844        4

Clogheen                 6004                    11                              44            March 1839    

Clonmel                   6513                    13                              48            May 1839            1

Nenagh                    6167                    12                              45            May 1839

Roscrea                    6628                    15                              53            June 1839

Thurles                     6962                    16                              53            May 1839            1

Tipperary                 4255                    9                                33             June 1839           2

Totals                        42,165                90                              322   

Background