The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna

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Architectural Building
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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  • Our expectations were high (we had been told, "be sure to go if you're anywhere near Portumna"). So we went. And what did we find? Well, our visit exceeded our high expectations. The staff are friendl...  more »
  • I read about the workhouse concept in various books. The horrific details come to life when you see a place like Portumna. Aran,our guide, knew the history well and told it with compassion and vigor. ...  more »
  • Great tour by guide Mary, very accomodating, knowledgeable and happy to answer questions! So much history connected to one place.  more »
  • I had a great guide the day I went to this centre and I think that makes such a difference with heritage tours. Places like this prove that we can have the highest standards in this country without charging an arm and a leg or spending a fortune. We even got tea and cake afterwards as there's a festival on in the town. Well recommended.
  • Thanks for opening especially for us today. Such a thought-provoking experience. Warmly recommended.
  • Thanks to the Guys for opening especially for our group. It really was a memorable experience. Such food for thought...
  • This place stopped us in our tracks and it was such an unexpected surprise on our visit to the area. The friendliness of the people and the manner in which the compelling story of the Workhouse was told will live long in the memory. Thank you to the team there for such a touching and memorable experience.
  • Thanks to everyone for a lovely welcome. Amazing to see how hard our ancestors had life. Great staff.