Four Courts Press 
New Catalogue
September 2005
9.95/9.95/$14.95 pbk

Balrothery Poor Law Union, County Dublin, 1839-51


The Balrothery Poor Law Union from its establishment in 1839 until 1851 is examined in this book. This union served most of north Co. Dublin which in the 1830s was a rural, agricultural area with almost no industry. The main source of employment was as agricultural labourers of whom there was an over-supply due to the continuing growth in population and the transition among the large farmers from tillage to grazing.

The Poor Enquiry established in 1833 carried out an in-depth examination of the area and found there much distress. Its findings are narrated. The establishment of the union, the building of the workhouse and life in the workhouse are described. The Famine years are dealt with in detail. The efforts of the guardians and landlords to cope with the crisis and the effects of the Famine years on the area are also examined.

Sinead Collins comes from a family with roots in Fingal for many generations. After a career in local government with she is now retired and lives in Malahide.

64pp September 2005

To see a complete listing of the titles in this series, including books published by Irish Academic Press, go to Maynooth Studies in Local History.