Number of inmates in Mohill Workhouse between 1846 and 1855.
In 1847, the number of people admitted to Mohill workhouse soared from 700 to 1275. By February 1850, it held 1,810 - more than double its capacity. Even in good times, the workhouse was an undesirable option for the destitute: families were forcibly split up, living conditions were bad and food was inadequate. In the bad years of the famine, it was the last resort of the hopeless.