Monday, June 8, 2020

Public Health in Galway 150 years ago - new online source

Some of the excellent Galway history sources digitized by Galway County Archives have now been indexed by the family history website '' to which the Hardiman Library has a subscription. These resources include some surviving Galway Poor Law Union and Galway County burial records. While these have been available in pdf format on the County Archives website for some time they have now been indexed and transcribed by Find My Past, meaning it is easier to search for individual names of people and places within the documents. 

Much of the Poor Law Union records are the minutes of Board of Guardians meetings. These provide an insight into how public health was managed as well as the provision of relief to the poor in 19th century County Galway.  Geographical areas covered in the Poor Law Union or Workhouse area records include Clifden, Glenamaddy, Gort, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam.

Find My Past can be accessed by signing in to the library catalogue with your NUI, Galway log in. 

PDFs of the documents can also be viewed on the Galway County Archives website at

The illustration shows plans for the Galway County Infirmary building and a ticket permitting the patient named to attend the Dispensary doctor for medical advice and 1884.