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Address: Dunfanaghy, Ireland
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Came across the workhouse while on a short break. They had just opened for the season so unfortunately didn't get to sample the coffee shop. We were warmly greeted by a girl who... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
annepgorman
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Downpatrick, United Kingdom

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Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came across the workhouse while on a short break. They had just opened for the season so unfortunately didn't get to sample the coffee shop. We were warmly greeted by a girl who give us lots of very interesting information before we went on the tour. We found it very interesting and went to the graveyard where one of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my family to the Workhouse and it was very interesting. At that time it was a lady in the costume of the time that took us round and told the story of a young girl who came to the workhouse. Really interesting. However, when we went to the shop and were browsing some of the gifts my young... More 

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Derry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

Well presented with very helpful staff nicely laid out an interesting place to visit and easy to find

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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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