The most controversial relief of the Castlecomer
Lordship was that of emigration assistance which was carried out
immediately before the building of Castlecomer Workhouse. The
Guardians of the Union were empowered to grant assistance for emigration
and a small number got assistance from that source before and after the
setting up the Workhouse ... 4,854 individuals have been assisted to
migrate ... however, to get the assistance they had to give up their
leases, many held from the 1700s and the lease could not be given to their
heirs/relatives which proved most controversial.
Emigration numbers by townland for 1849
Adams to Delahunty
Delaney to Malone
Mangan to Wright
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