Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Strabane Workhouse - John Molloy

The Strabane Poor Law Union was set up in the month of April 1838 and the erection of the workhouse began soon after, much to the dismay of the rich land owners who offered paying taxes to alleviate the suffering of the poor and starving. The building was finished in 1841. A board of guardians were formed to administer the running of the workhouse. In 1845 the great famine began and hundreds went to the workhouse to receive aid. The workhouse was run in a very disciplined way and there were penalties for not following the rules. The estimated numbers of the destitute in 1846-47 from the Strabane and District parishes were as follows: Camus - 2047, Urney - 1533, Leckpatrick - 1134 and Donagheady - 2025. The town was slow to recover from the famine and the workhouse played a big part in times of desperation. The building can now be viewed as the new Strabane District Council Offices at 41 Derry Road, Strabane.

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  1. Typhus fever returned to the Strabane/Leckpatrick ar eas around 1870 . My great grandfather was at that time a local schoolteacher who was one of a number of people who fell ill and subsequently died. Strabane death records suggest that Typhus patients were brought to Strabane workhouse to facilitate isolation and receive any possible treatment. It is not clear where people such as Robert Lindsay were buried. William Lindsay