While P.S. Gilmore prepared for his departure from Athlone in September of 1849, the papers are filled with example of the depraved conditions that existed in the area and elsewhere throughout the country. An example of this is the following short article about cholera in the town. It is little wonder that Gilmore left within six months.
We regret to say that within the last week this terrible pestilence has assumed a rather virulent form in this town, the total number of cases in the town up to this day were 63: Deaths 34, remained under treatment 29. In the workhouse from the 16th to this day, there were 102 cases: Recoveries 25, convalescent 14, deaths 30, remaining under treatment 39 (20 women, 6 girls, 5 men and 8 boys). The Master of the Workhouse died of the disease this day.
The Athlone Sentinel, May 23rd, 1849