Genealogical and Historical Research Service in Ireland


Dividing Line

Poor Law Union.

This division was created under the Irish Poor Law Act of 1838. In all 159 Poor Law Unions were set up at that time and a workhouse was built in each. While they are composed of a number of townlands they cross county boundaries and consist of an area up to approximately 15 miles radius of the workhouse.





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Last update 29 May 2018.