Clifden Rural District Council

Repository: Galway County Council Archives

Identity Statement

TitleClifden Rural District Council
Archive ReferenceIE GCCA/G01/7
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1899-1925
Extent Medium15 volumes + 1 booklet


Creator(s): Clifden Rural District Council

  • Administrative History ↴

    Rural District Councils were set up under the Local Government (Ireland) Act of 1898. Their powers were conferred upon them by Section 27 to 39 of the Act. The Council assumed responsibility for the road and public works functions of the Grand Juries where the cost had been borne by the district, and the housing and public health functions of the Boards of Guardians. In the early years of County Councils much of the routine business was transacted through these Councils. The Councils were dissolved in October 1925 under Section 8, Sub-section (2), (3), and (4) of the Local Government Act of that year. Their functions were transferred, under the Local Government Act of 1925, to the County Councils. The Clifden Rural District Council meetings, initially held in the Courthouse and later in the board-room of the Workhouse Clifden, were generally held monthly and then only if the required quorum of Councillors attended. There were usually 41 elected and/or co-opted members of Council, from about 1920 this number was reduced to 22. The Council’s geographical area of responsibility included the electoral divisions of Ballyinakill, Bencorr, Bunowen, Cleggan, Clifden, Cushkillery, Derrycunlagh, Derrylea, Doonloughan, Errislannon, Illion, Inishbofin, Killcummin, Knockboy, Moyrus, Oughterard, Owengowla, Renvyle, Roundstone, Silerna, and Skannive. The Council’s main priorities in its first ten years of business was the provision of water supply to Clifden town and other areas in the district, such as Carna, Roundstone and Letterfrack. From about 1907 it became involved in the provision of housing under the Labourers Cottages Acts.
  • Archival History ↴

    Official Transfer from Galway County Council
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Official Transfer

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Clifden Rural District Council ↴

    This archives collection consists of an incomplete series of Clifden Rural District Council minute books, (1900 – 1925), one damp-press copy outgoing letter book (1917-1924) and abstract of accounts (1915).

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴


Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Available on microfilm by appointment. Disclosure Agreement required prior to access.
Conditions Governing ReproductionNo material may be reproduced from this collection without the written permission of the archivist, and reproductions are subject to the conditions of access.
Creation Dates1899-1925
Extent Medium15 volumes + 1 booklet
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Characteristics Tech ReqBound volumes Generally in good condition, but damp press copy outgoing letter book is fading and can be difficult to read.
Finding Aids Descriptive list Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

There are no Allied Materials


NoteThis is a shortened version of the original description for this collection. A longer description is available by contacting the Archive directly. The microfilming of the collection was facilitated by a grant from the Heritage Council in 2003.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NotePatria McWalter
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions2002