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From: "Cathy Joynt Labath" <>
Subject: !! Connaught Journal; Oct 29, 1840
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 18:44:14 -0600


CASTLEBAR WORKHOUSE- The ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the
workhouse took place on Saturday last and was performed by the Right Hon.,
the Earl of Lucan, Chairman of the Board. The noble lord was attended on
this occasion by Joseph Burke, Esq. Assistant Poor Law Commissioner, Colonel
Blake, Vice-Chairman, Mr. Coury, Deputy Vice Chairman, the Hon. Frederick
Cavendish and several members of the Board of Guardians. The Earl of Lucan
having been provided with a white silk apron and silver trowel, proceeded to
set the stone in a cavity of which he placed a series of the current coin of
the realm, and a temperance medal. After going through the usual ceremony
his Lordship addressed those present, and said that he fervently trusted
that the house, the first tone of which he had then laid, would fulfil the
beneficial intention which the legislature had in view in adopting
it-namely, the relief of the destitute poor. As far as he (Lord Lucan) and
his brother guardians were concerned, they were anxious to give the working
of the measure every facility in their power. His Lordship after some more
remarks, divided a handsome donation to the workmen engaged in the
building-Mr. Assistant Commissioner Burke said that he joined with the noble
lord in the fervent hope for the success of the measure in which they were
engaged, and most truly could he bear out what his Lordship had said, with
respect to the manner in which the Castlebar Board of Guardians have acted.
No body of men could perform their duties more efficiently, more
conscientiously, or with more anxious desire to give every facility to the
well working of the measure. He (Mr. Burke) was glad that a temperance medal
was deposited in the stone, as it would hereafter show the period at which
one good and worthy man was able to effect so great a moral revolution in
the habits of the great bulk of the people of this country.

The parishioners of Outerard have presented a very handsome Snuff Box
(value Twenty Guineas) to the Rev. Michael Phew, R.C.C., on his late removal
from that district to Oranmore, as trifling testimony of their very great
esteem and affection for that excellent and exemplary clergyman.

Cathy Joynt Labath
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