The Waterford County Museum web site has a harrowing account of the famine in the Dungarvan area. The name Francis Sheehan pops up, surprisingly enough, as the local bank manager:
On 10 June, Francis Sheehan, the manager of the National Bank in Dungarvan, wrote to the Guardians informing them that their loan of £500 had been sanctioned. This was on condition that the chairman and two of the Guardians act as securities. The Clerk was directed to reply that the Guardians would not become individually responsible for the loan.
The problem was that the number of people seeking relief from the local poorhouse had far outstripped the town’s resources, given that the funds used to help the poor came from taxes on local farmers, whose crops had failed catastrophically. The ‘Guardians’, as the trustees of the poorhouse were called, were unwilling to provide security for a loan to keep the poorhouse open, and therefore called for it to be closed.
The fact that this Francis Sheehan was the manager of the local bank makes it plausible that he’s the Francis who owned 179 acres in Dungarvan in the 1870’s. Whether he’s related to us is another question! Continue reading “More on Francis Sheehan of Dungarvan”