Finding Ogle: The Story of the Disappearing Workhouse Master

In 2019 David Broderick, local historian and workhouse researcher began work to uncover the mystery behind the fate of Henry Ogle. Ogle was the first master of Portumna Poor Law Union and in 1864 he absconded from the workhouse leaving it in a precarious financial position. You can follow the story in David’s book available from [email protected]


The tale begins in famine-ravaged Ireland and explores the cruelty of the workhouse, crossing the Atlantic during the period of the American Civil War in the attempt to locate Ogle in New York. The book is illustrated by Jenny Wood Sullivan who has brought the characters to life.