This division was created under the Irish Poor Law Act of
1838. The purpose for its creation was to collect the
poor rates from the inhabitants in order to provide for the
poor and destitute within the union.
While they were composed
of a number of townlands they crossed county boundaries and
consisted of an area up to approximately 15 miles radius of
By 1864 there were 163 Poor Law Unions in existence, in the
whole country, and a workhouse was built in each. Later the
following four Unions were dissolved and the districts
within same were transferred to other neighbouring Unions.
Donaghmore Union, in
County Laois (formerly Queen's County).
It was created in June 1850 from Roscrea Union but from 1
January 1887 was dissolved and its townlands were
transferred to the Union of Roscrea or the Union of
Glin Union in Counties
Kerry and Limerick
It was created March 1850 out of the Union of Listowel and
the Union of Rathkeale. But it was dissolved from 1 January
1892 and its townlands transferred to the Union of Listowel
or the Union of Rathkeale.
Gortin Union in County
It was dissolved 1 April 1889 and its townlands transferred
to the Union of Omagh or the Union of Strabane.
Newport Unon in County
It was created October 1849 from the Union of Westport. It
was dissolved 1 January 1886 and its townlands transferred
to the Union of Westport.
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