Mountbellew Rural District Council

Repository: Galway County Council Archives

Identity Statement

TitleMountbellew Rural District Council
Archive ReferenceIE GCCA G01/06
Web Link to this Entry
Creation Dates1899-1923
Extent Medium11 Volumes


Creator(s): Mountbellew 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 Poor Law Guardians were also the Rural District Counsellors; the same individuals but working in a separate capacity. 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 geographical areas of responsibility for the Mountbellew Rural District Council included the electoral divisions of, Annagh, Balinakill, Caltra, Castleblakny, Clonbrock, Cooloo, Derryglassun, Killeroran, Killian, Mountbellew, Mount Hazel, and Taughbog. The Council meetings which were commonly held in the Boardroom of the Workhouse were generally held twice a month and then only if the required quorum of Counsellors was in attendance. There were usually 34 elected and/or co-opted members of the Council; from circa 1920 the number was reduced to 17.
  • Archival History ↴

    Official transfer from Galway County Council
  • Immediate Source Acquisition ↴

    Official Transfer

Content & Structure

  • Scope & Content: Mountbellew Rural District Council ↴

    This collection consists of an incomplete series of Mountbellew Rural District Council minute books (1898-1923), together with one rough minute book (1908-1910), and one Roads Ledger (1914-1916).

  • Appraisal Destruction ↴

    Permanent Retention
  • Arrangement ↴


Conditions of Access & Use

Access Conditions Available on microfilm by appointment. Researchers are requested to sign a non-disclosure form prior to consulting the records verifying a willingness not to cite specific names in research work. The material in this collection is available to all bona fide researchers by appointment only, and subject to the conditions of access governing the consultation of archival material at Galway County Council Archives.
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 Dates1899-1923
Extent Medium11 Volumes
Material Language ScriptEnglish
Characteristics Tech ReqAvailable on microfilm by appointment.
Finding Aids Descriptive list Archive Web Link →

Allied Materials

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NoteThis is a shortened version of the original description for this collection. A longer description is available by contacting the Archive directly.

Descriptive Control Area

Archivist NotePatria McWalter
Rules/ConventionsISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description. 2nd ed. Ottawa: International Council on Archives, 2000.
Date of Descriptions2001