|'Isolation', by Deaf artist Nancy Rourke. http://www.nancyrourke.com/isolation.htm|
One obstacle in the way of solid and qualitatively rich historical research on the Irish Poor Law is the loss of major archival sources for the period. While local and national Irish archives possess correspondence registers for individual Poor Law unions, the central Poor Law Commission / Local Government Board files were lost in the 1922 destruction of the Public Records Office, housed at the time in the Four Courts on Dublin’s quayside. It wasn’t until I attended the hugely enjoyable in Kew, London in June, that I realised what a huge loss that really represents.
it appears that on monday morning July 17th my first attention was called in to go and clean some windows and after partially accomplishing them the men were in want of the ladder which I had to let them have it and nothings else for me to do I then went down the garden to help another youth to do some work there for the afternoon only. whereupon the manager Robert wheatley soon begin to interfere with such threatening language swearing fearful oath to turn me out but I refused to let him do so and with stood object against him according to what was stated in his case some times ago to the manager either went or pretended to tell the Govenor Mr Rhodes but the manager cam back without any assistant seized me violently by the neck by saying I had no right to be there I kick and struck him two or three time discolored his eye which made him leave me alone then I left the garden where the governor had his attention directed shortly afterward insisted upon me going to something doing but he did not give me proper notice what to do so I really could do nothing else.
…the manner in which the Deaf Mute is led from a knowledge of the merest elements of language, to an acquaintance with the most abstruse and complicated forms of construction... this is... the most difficult part of the teacher's business; it is a task demanding years of patient toil and great exertion from the master, and more than ordinary assiduity on the part of the pupil. So far all is well until the Deaf Mute leaves the Institution, and then much, very much, depends on the society into which he may happen to be thrown... But if... circumstances compel him to associate with the illiterate and uninstructed, instead of adding to what he knows, he will most probably forget what he has already learned.