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Searching for the lost Mountbellew workhouse girls

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Week III

Girls escape from the workhouse into oblivion

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Week II

The behaviour of the girls was causing problems

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Apart from overcrowding and disease, the biggest problem in many of the workhouses was the behaviour of young women. The women, who perhaps had been brought there as children, were now adolescent, many of them unruly and wild. They tended to be the most troublesome, involved in fighting and, on occasions, rioting. Their behaviour resulted from boredom. While males could be employed breaking stones, or farm work, there were not enough jobs for females, and no effort made to educate them or train them in any skill. By June 1850 in the Mountbellew workhouse, Co Galway, females made up 60 per cent of the inmate population. Three hundred and eighty two were adult; while 199 were aged between nine and 15 years.

Clarenbridge to host major conference on Galway Diaspora

Emigration and the Galway County Diaspora will be the focus of a major conference to be held by Galway County Council next Thursday September 8 in Clarinbridge.

 

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