The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna

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The Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna is the only centre in Ireland dedicated to telling the story of the Irish Workhouse. It is located in a real workhouse in Portumna, one of the best preserved workhouses in the country, with all seven buildings intact.
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  • This was our first visit to the Workhouse and it was SO VERY informative and educational and shocking all mixed in one! ELIZABETH was our tour guide and she couldn't have done a better job in being so...  more »
  • Elizabeth took care to contextualise the visit by explaining how the Irish Poor Law Extension Act dumped the entire cost and responsibility for famine relief upon Irish property owners, thus washing t...  more »
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  • It was one of the most interesting tours iv been on. The staff are all so welcoming and amazing and our tour guide was so informative intelligent and pleasant. Ready to answer any questions we had. It had an eerie vibe to the place as expected due to its history. I found it most intriguing. I was full of emotions throughout the tour.
  • My wife and I got a wonderful tour from a very knowledgeable young lady. I agree that it was one of the most comprehensive and interesting tours I’ve ever taken. It highlights a very sad but important part of Irish and British history that had a ripple effect reaching and forming Canada, the US and Australia. There are important lessons to be learned from a society that’s lost its moral compass.
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