Poor relief in the north of Ireland 1850-1921

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This examines the way in which poor relief, and in particular the Poor Law, operated in the north of Ireland from the end of the Great Famine through to Partition. Drawing on a range of primary sources it develops a picture of relief patterns, exploring the ways in which the poor law was administered and the ways in which the poor utilised the limited relief options available to them. The chapter provides an analysis of how releif patterns in the north reacted to broader social and political change, developed over time and compared to other regions within Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPoverty and Welfare in Ireland 1838-1948
EditorsVirginia Crossman, Peter Gray
Place of PublicationDublin
PublisherIrish Academic Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9780716530893
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • poverty
  • welfare
  • Ireland
  • Ulster
  • poor
  • workhouse


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