The Workhouse at Clifden

Workhouse

“Clifden itself is an exotic in an unfavourable climate. It was reared by the patronage of the late Viscount; and since that ceased, it began to decline: the Poor-law has almost finished it. . . Extreme poverty exists in the neighbourhood– the soil around is poor– great numbers of houses have been levelled– but the poor, unlike those of Kilrush, have in great part disappeared with the houses. They have not found refuge in the workhouse– they have not been carried away as emigrants; they have either wandered away or have died, or both may have contributed to cause their disappearance. . . I have taken a Sketch of the workhouse, which I send as a memorial of this pet place of the late Viscount Clifden.”

Illustrated London News, January 19, 1850

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