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Address: Dunfanaghy, Ireland
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The tour of the workhouse is by audio. Mostly of interest to tourists, I would think. As it was October, it was quiet, we didn't sample the cafe but the shop stocks the usual... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 13, 2016
Anne1383
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Dublin, Ireland

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

The tour of the workhouse is by audio. Mostly of interest to tourists, I would think. As it was October, it was quiet, we didn't sample the cafe but the shop stocks the usual souvenirs and rugs and woolens made in Donegal. The young woman in the shop was very helpful and friendly.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Reading the reviews, I understand that much has been added over the years and some taken away. The story of hannah is good story and she is an impressive soul, however, it doesn't really bring the workhouse to life. Would have like to found out more about the famine and how the area around dunfanaghy survived and coped differently to... More 

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DWorkhouse, Manager at The Workhouse, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Dunfanaghy Workhouse. I have found the feeback in 2016 to be really helpful and intend to spend the quieter winter months amalgamating the information we have so I can improve on the Workhouse section of the exhibition in 2017. There is a lot of information about the area during the famine... More 

Perth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

We found the heavy headphones rather annoying but this was the only way to hear the story of wee Hannah, the little girl/old lady whose story was portrayed. You could not stop the narration to read the boards dotted around the venue. I guess you could have stayed on and read them more fully after Hannah's story was told. Hannah's... More 

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DWorkhouse, Manager at The Workhouse, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing the Dunfanaghy Workhouse. Im sorry you didnt like the headphones and I totally agree that if you could stop and start the story it would be fantastic. Unfortunately when we were rennovating the exhibition a couple of years ago this option wasnt availble to us. As the exhibition area is open plan the headphones were the... More 

Leitrim, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

We found our trip to the Workhouse interesting but slightly depressing but I suppose that was the reality of the time.

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DWorkhouse, Manager at The Workhouse, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing the Workhouse. It was a very sad part of our history but one we should remember. I think the story of Wee Hannah is thought provoking though and shows that there is always hope. The fact her neighbours and friends helped her in her old age and built her a little cottage, was a lovely ending, to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Third "famine/workhouse" themed visit on my visit to Ireland. First was Coffin Ship,then Letterkenny County Museum.Granted its not a lot for admission but i was expecting a bit more to the place,i thought it would be mch bigger since it looks that way on the outside.The Hannah story was a little basic,the scenes upstairs with the mannequins gave a slight... More 

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DWorkhouse, Manager at The Workhouse, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give your feedback on the Workhouse Heritage Centre in Dunfanaghy. The exhibition was renovated 4 years ago and we took the decision to take out some of the information about the famine because so many children were frightened by it. We absolutely want to educate parents and children about a very sad part... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Good displays and audio descriptions of how local people lived and died during the famine years. Small but interesting. Nice craft and coffee shop. Staff welcoming and helpful. When you are in the area make sure you take a trip out to Horn Head Peninsula. Scenery is spectacular. Lots of trails to explore and hills to climb. We spent a... More 

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DWorkhouse, Manager at The Workhouse, responded to this review

It is always lovely to get positive feedback from guests and Im delighted you enjoyed your visit to the Dunfanaghy Workhouse. Horn Head is a very special place and as you say the scenery is spectacular, there are so many beautiful beaches, walks and spots to visit in and around Dunfanaghy that we are truly spoilt for choice. I hope... More 

Armadale, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

Visited with my husband, grandad and 10 year old daughter. The staff gave us the family rate which was kind of them, and we set off with our headsets to hear about the workhouse and "Wee Hannah" The exhibition is short, but fascinating, and is worth a visit to take a peek into the past. My daughter found it very... More 

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DWorkhouse, Manager at The Workhouse, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review the Dunfanaghy Workhouse and for your kind comments. We love how the story of Wee Hannah so oftern brings up family stories long forgotten. One of my favourite "jobs" as manager is to take school tours round the exhibition and I love talking to the children about how times have... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

Good idea - but historical information was poor. It would have been nice to have more information (displays, drawings, how many died in Donegal etc) about the workhouse and famine rather than focusing on one particular person. Model etc was good downstairs but I expected more/different information upstairs. There was historical information on a bicycle which had been used to... More 

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DWorkhouse, Manager at The Workhouse, responded to this review

Im sorry to hear your children didnt enjoy the Workhouse exhibition and the story of Wee Hannah as children are normally fascinated by the story. Unfortunately we cant please everyone but we try very hard with no external funding - we are a self sustaining charity owned and run by the community. We have tried to get a balance between... More 

Kirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

Interesting , very pleasant and helpful staff . Good craft shop and enjoyed the coffee.Plenty of parking.

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DWorkhouse, Manager at The Workhouse, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely review of the Dunfanaghy Workhouse, we are a local charity run by a voluntary board of management so it means a lot to get good feedback such as this. More 

Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

Well thought out small display with audio description to document the history of the Workhouse. Very thought provoking and an excellent record of local history. Finish the visit with some home baking and tea in the cafe within the museum. Pkay area for children inside and outside. Excellent social enterprise.

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