Poverty and power: the Irish Poor Law in a north Antrim town 1861-1921

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This examines the workings of the Irish Poor Law in the town of Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, during the period between the end of the Great Famine and Partition. It focuses both on those who administered and those who used the poor law and argues that for the former it provided an important route into local politics and for the latter it represented a crucial strand in the limited strategies for survival open to them. It also demonstrates the impact that local political outlook had on both the administration and the experience of poor relief.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-583
Number of pages17
JournalIrish Historical Studies
Issue number148
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


  • local government
  • welfare
  • workhouse
  • poverty
  • poor relief
  • Ulster
  • Ireland

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History

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