Monday, 7 May 2012


Thanks to Larry Brennan, Clare Roots Society, who has shared this.

As day was breaking on the morning of the 4th. July 1851 twenty female orphans aged between 18 & 23 years were conveyed by horse drawn cars from the union workhouse at Corofin to the railway station at Limerick some thirty miles away. For the girls this was but the first leg of a journey, almost epic in nature, which would last four months and end at the Emigration depot on the Old Warf at Holbert in Van Diemen's Land on the other side of the works.

At Limerick the girls were joined by one hundread other female orphans from Scariff, Tulla & Kildysart workhouses. All 120 then travelled by train to Dublin from where they were transported to Plymonth in England. They were joined by 30 girls from Cork who travelled direct to England. On 15th. July all 150 workhouse girls together with 7 married couples and 8 children embarked on the 484 ton Calculla to begin the long journey to Van Diemen's Land.

Catherine Brennan, Anne Bridgeman, Ann Cullinan, Mary Cullinan, Biddy Casey, Hanorah Donohue, Catherine Forde, Anne Hourahan, Mary Houlihan, Catherine Houlihan, Minnie Halloran, Sally Lynch, Mary Lenane, Bibby Moore, Biddy Meere, Mary Mc Namara, Mary O' Keeffe, Mary Sullivan, Ellen Toole, Biddy Vaughan.

The followings are the names of the orphan girls from Scarriff Workhouse from County Clare who travelled on the CALCUTTA are given below .

Mary Fitzgerald, Margaret Moloney, Mary Staunton, Honora Nash, Biddy Corbett, Biddy Mc Namara, Mary Mc Mahon, Mary Guerin, Biddy Kelly, Mary Smith, Margaret Dogherty, Mary Goonan, Kitty Nelson, Biddy Hynes, Mary Mc Mahon, Biddy Brady, Biddy Brett, Margaret Rochford, Biddy Ryan Ellen Rochford, Mary Canny, Judith Moloney, Ann McNamara, Catherine Durack, Margaret Mc Namara, Margaret Hynes, Anne Rochford, Biddy Cooney, Ellen Lenihan, Mary Hackett, Margaret Connor, Biddy Collins, Mary Shaughnessey, Biddy Duffy, Ellen McNamara, Mary Hill, Catherine Guerin, Mary McInerney, Catherine Keogh, Bibby Larkin.

The names of the orphan girls from Tulla Workhouse Co.Clare who travelled on the CALCUTTA are given below:

Margaret Gilligan,
Mary Maloney, Mary Tierney, Mary Healey, Catherine Hogan, Biddy Cleary, Mary Mc Namara, Mary Carthy, Biddy Madigan, Mary Bane, Biddy Halloran, Judith Dannaher, Mary Mc Mahon, Biddy Staunton, Ellen Stafford, Ellen Fleming, Mary King, Minny Hynes, Ellen (?illegible), Fany Meehan, Judith (/illegible) Judith Kelly, Hanora Keane, Catherine Sheehan, Catherine Smyth, Biddy Meaney, Biddy Jones, Hanora Torpey, Anne (illegible) Mary Moloney.
The names of the orphans girls from Killyadysart County Clare who travelled on the CALCUTTA are given below

Mary Healy, Biddy Mc Mahon, Ellen Duffy, Mary Shea, Margaret Moore, Mary Kelly, Ellen Cusack, Catherine Madigan, Biddy Moore, Jane Keane, Biddy Cabey, Mary Dillon, Susan Hoare, Mary Philips, Mary Landers, Margaret Casey, Biddy Philips, Catherine Cooney, Mary Hogan, Catherine Philips, Ellen King, Johanna Liddy, Biddy Sexton, Biddy Ryan, Mary Cusack, Ellen Kinnane, Hanora O'Connor, Margaret Cunnigham, Mary Casey, Mary Bennett.
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The above is taken from an article in Vol.22 The Other Clare written by Michael Mac Mahon.

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