|Old entrance block, Mullingar Workhouse (now St Mary's Care Centre) - built 1841|
The old Mullingar Workhouse (now St. Mary's Care Centre), Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
In 1858 there were several attempts by paupers (workhouse inmates) to set fire to the Mullingar workhouse. The crimes were witnessed by other male paupers sleeping in the same dormitory.
An inquiry was held in November into a number of charges against male paupers there. None of the witnesses gave evidence willingly - except a Deaf boy who was an inmate there.
It was also reported that the Deaf boy was the only witness there who was able to read and write well.
More info on the Mullingar Workhouse: http://www.workhouses.org.uk/Mullingar/
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