The Irish Workhouse Centre

The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna: Address, Phone Number, The Irish Workhouse Centre Reviews: 5/5

The Irish Workhouse Centre
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Pat D
Lisdoonvarna, Clare, Ireland17 contributions
Sep 2021
A real insight into how tough life was for many in Ireland, in a relatively recent past. The guide was not just very knowledgeable - she was emotionally involved in the experiences of our ancestors, who were unfortunate to be born in a dark time.
The tour covered how tragic circumstances for poor Irish tenants forced them into the workhouses, the process in splitting them from their families and forcing them into an unsanitary, bleak internment. The buildings were designed to have them left out of sight of wealthy landlords, who didn't want to deal with them.
The structures have been converted from a derelict site into a museum with an abundance of memorabilia and reproductions. It really captures the harsh treatment of the poor in Ireland in the past two centuries.
Excellent tour-guides and exhibition makes this a life experience we will always remember. Cannot recommend this enough
Written September 10, 2021
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Jason
Dublin, Ireland10 contributions
Jul 2020
Our host at the B&B booked this for us. They even let us bring our well behaved German Shepherd along! The tour was excellent and the guide extremely knowledgeable and friendly engaging us in discussions and answering our questions. We were lucky it was a rainy day with two other people as we felt like VIPs. It's amazing how well of this workhouse is preserved and I'm glad to see that whatever the agency and people involved with this, they've done a solid job renovating it and making it available to the public. While I can't remember the exact cost, I do remember thinking it was reasonable. At the time of visiting, a local artist, Kieran Tuohy, had a carved bog oak famine exhibit. It was seriously outstanding and while very much applicable to the workhouse, was equally at home in any museum of note both here and abroad.
Written August 23, 2020
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Aileen M
1 contribution
Oct 2021
We visited the workhouse today as a party of 10 (mixed ages). Our tour guide David made the walls come alive, the stories were emotional & gave a real sense of the hardship that was experienced. The artifacts really embellished the story and
David quickly sparked the children's imagination.
It was extremely insightful and capped off with a talk with artist Kieran Tuohy on his haunting and sombre "famine" bog Oak sculptures, each of which told its own fascinating story.
A truly wonderful experience & highly recommended.
Written October 29, 2021
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Mark_Bath_UK
Bath, UK172 contributions
Sep 2021
An informative tour of the workhouse buildings which have been sympathetically restored. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. The tour lasted about an hour and took in the board room, reception room, womens' dormitory and workrooms, dining room and laundry room.
Written September 19, 2021
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Janice and Adam
6 contributions
Aug 2021
Really interesting tour with a very patient and knowledgeable Arran. Much of what was detailed was new to my history loving son giving him a better understanding of a harsh time in history. Would really recommend taking the time to step back in time.
Written August 21, 2021
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StepMc
Dublin, Ireland45 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Would highly recommend a tour of the workhouse if you're in the area. The tour is guided and offers an interesting insight into the history of workhouses in Irish history. What's more impressive is the work that has gone into this project to take it to where it is today. Well worth a visit.
Written September 4, 2020
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GalMonLady
Galway, Ireland20 contributions
May 2020
I cannot recommend this tour highly enough, I'm Irish, and I learned more about the famine times than I had learned during my whole time at school in Ireland. Why not stay overnight in Portumna, the forest park and Marina is a lovely place to spend an afternoon, go swimming in the lake, and have a picknic, (there is a lifeguard during the summer..) maybe hire a boat and take a drive down the shannon...ahh, lots to do in the area, well worth a visit.
Written April 11, 2021
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Tracey H
Dublin, Ireland2 contributions
May 2021
We had a wonderful tour of the workhouse today. The experience was sobering and enlightening, but our guide managed to convey the harsh reality of life in the workhouse while also offering an extremely pleasant visitor experience. We loved it and learned so much, thank you! Would really recommend to visitors and locals alike. Our guide was a fountain of knowledge.
Written May 23, 2021
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Gemma M
2 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We decided to stop here last minute as we were in the area and it was so worth it! We just happened to arrive as a tour was starting which worked out well as the tour was brilliant! I’ve never seen a workhouse restored to the way it would have been as most have been repurposed or left to ruin so this is a real hidden gem. Something different from the usual castles and abbeys etc. and a very important part of Irish history.. Would love to go back again!
Written May 1, 2022
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Karengriff2020
2 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Gret value and our guide, Mary, was very knowledgeable and answered any questions we had with ease. I loved the way Mary told us the history of the workhouse in a way that made it engaging for us all, it can be difficult to keep the kids hooked but they took it all in and asked plenty afterwards so thank you. Highly recommended.
Written August 15, 2020
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