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Local Studies Department

The Great Famine in Co. Kildare 1839 - 1845

These articles have been transcribed in their entirety from the Leinster Express newspaper. They cover the period 1839-1849 and include all references to the Poor Law and the famine in Co. Kildare. The years immediately preceding the famine (1839-1845) have been included in order to provide background information on the development of the Poor Law in the county.

Below are articles covering the years 1839-45. The page and column numbers refer to the original newspaper.

The years 1846-1849 are on a separate document.

Poor Law Meeting at Naas - January 26th, 1839

A Cheap & Simple Plan of Poor Laws for Ireland - 16th March, 1839

Return of Poor Law Guardians (Naas & Celbridge) - March 30th, 1839

Naas Union - April 6th, 1839

Naas Poor Law Union - April 13th, 1839

Poor Law Celbridge - June 8th, 1839

Laying the first stone of the Celbridge Union Workhouse - August 10th, 1839

Poor Laws Advertising - August 17th, 1839

Poor Laws Naas Union - September 7th, 1839

Relief of the Poor - Athy - Friday, December 27th, 1839

Election of Guardians for Celbridge Union - March 14th, 1840

Election of Guardians for Naas Poor Law Union - March 28th, 1840

Athy Union - June 27th, 1840

Celbridge Union - September 5th, 1840

Poor Laws & The Press - December 5th, 1840

Athy Union - December 12th, 1840

The Poor Law Commissioner the Board of Guardians the medical profession, and the Press - December 20th, 1840

Athy Poor Law Union - January 9th, 1841

Poor Law Meeting at Naas - January 9th, 1841

Athy Poor - January 16th, 1841

Athy Union - February 20th, 1841

Athy Poor Law - Election of Guardians - February 20th, 1841

Returning Officer of Naas Union - April 10th, 1841

Medical Charities, Naas - May 1st, 1841

Athy Union Valuation - May 8th

Naas Poor Law Union - May 29th, 1841

Athy Union

Athy Union - Election of Valuator - July 17th, 1841

Meeting of the Guardians of Athy Union - July 24th, 1841

Meeting of the Guardians of Athy Union - August 21st, 1841

Meeting of Athy Board of -Guardians- September 18th, 1841

Protestants in Naas Workhouse - October 9th, 1841

Meeting of Athy Poor Law Guardians - October 16th, 1841

Poor Law Commissioners & Athy Union -October 16th 1841

Naas Union - October 23rd, 1841

Naas Union Agricultural Association - December 11th, 1841

Athy Poor Law Guardians - December 18th, 1841

Naas Union Agricultural Association - December 25th, 1841

Celbridge Poor Law Union - April 9th, 1842

Naas Union - May 7th, 1842

Naas Union - June 4th, 1842

Naas Union - June 25th, 1842

Naas Union - July 9th, 1842

Naas Union - July 16th, 1842

Naas Union - July 23rd, 1842

Athy Union - July 30th, 1842

Medical Officer, Athy Workhouse - August 13th, 1842

Athy Union - August 20th, 1842

Naas Union - October 1st 1842

Athy Union - January 21st, 1843

Medical Officer, Athy Union - January 28th, 1843

Athy Union - 11th February, 1843

Poor Laws - February 18th, 1843

Naas Union - February 28th, 1843

Athy Union - June 8th 1843

Athy Union - April 15th, 1843

Athy Union - April 15th 1843

Athy Union - May 6th, 1843

Athy Union - May 6th, 1843

Naas Union - May 27th, 1843

Naas Union - June 10th, 1843

Naas Union - June 10th, 1843

Culture of Potato - June 17th, 1843

Naas Union - June 17th, 1843

Naas Union - June 24th, 1843

Athy & Celbridge Union - October 7th, 1843

Athy Poor Law Union - February 3rd, 1844

Naas Union - February 3rd, 1844

Naas Union - February 17th, 1844

Naas Union - March 30th, 1844

Naas Poor Law Union - March 30th, 1844

Naas Union - April 6th, 1844

Athy Poor Law Union - April 6th, 1844

Naas Union - April 27th, 1844

Athy Union - May 18th, 1844

Athy Union - June 22nd, 1844

Failure of Potato Crop - June 29th, 1844

Naas Union - August 17th, 1844

Athy Union - November 23rd, 1844

Naas Union - December 21st, 1844

Athy Union - 28th June, 1845

Letter from Athy - 25th October, 1845

Letter from Halverstown - 15th November, 1845