Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)

Pat Purcell  Papers

Whiskey and Soda and The Carlow Workhouse

By kind permission of Michael Purcell  12/2009

Whiskey and Soda

The Carlow Sentinel. Oct. 1892

Sudden death;

A young man named Patrick Browne, labourer, aged 27 years, who died suddenly the previous evening in Mrs. O'Toole's public house, Browne-street, in this town. The deceased, who was employed as a riveter on the railway, and had been at work the day he died, had been complaining for a considerable time of a pain in his left side and arm. He had taken a glass of whiskey and some soda with a friend, suddenly became ill and died before the arrival of priest or doctor.

Carlow Workhouse

October 1892.

Carlow Union Workhouse the quantity of intoxication liquor bought in seems average.

The daily average number of paupers in the house is 414 and the amount of spirits, wine and malt liquors consumed in the workhouse during the year 1891: ---

SPIRTS, 1079 pints 5 ozs.
WINE, 4 pints 5 ozs.
MALT LIQUORS, 538 gallons;

[note added 2010, I think it was around this time that several workhouse employees were fired for drunkenness!]

The above is a true and accurate transcript of the original document.

Transcribed by Jean Casey, 2010

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