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Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum

Donaghmore, Portlaoise, Ireland
+353 86 829 6685
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everyone should see this

Visited this place and you can feel the despair and poverty. Everyone should visit a place like... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stephen N
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Donaghmore Famine Workhouse

Today we went to see the Donaghmore workhouse and it was upsetting at first and very sad to hear... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2017
Melbourne, Australia
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Donaghmore, Portlaoise, Ireland
+353 86 829 6685
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this place and you can feel the despair and poverty. Everyone should visit a place like this it puts things into perspective. The staff are helpful and friendly and the whole site is worth seeing.

Thank Stephen N
Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

Today we went to see the Donaghmore workhouse and it was upsetting at first and very sad to hear about the families around the time of the famine and how they were split up . They seemed to have gone from bad to worse ,...More

1  Thank Noddy2054
Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

Such a shame the website link is redirected to a incorrect site (selling wagons!) I talked to staff about this and hopefully will be sorted soon, as they are likely to be losing visitors. The visit was very informative, with lots to look at. I...More

Thank maudsey
Reviewed 27 July 2017

The Donaghmore Famine Workhouse opens 11-5 Weekdays and 2-5 Weekends its well worth a visit and to hear and see what went on there. Guides are available also or u can go around yourself.

2  Thank Dabombxx
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Not far off the beaten path, the Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum is well worth a visit. The visit is by guided tour and is very reasonably priced. See how families lived if they could not find work elsewhere during the famine and immediately after. Our...More

Thank Chuck52310
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Last Saturday, we tried to find out the opening hours for this museum, but their website appears to have been hacked/no longer functioning. So we looked at their Facebook page, which announced that the museum would be opening in 30 minutes. We set off on...More

1  Thank Megansmum12
Reviewed 9 February 2017

My husband and I decided to stop at this museum on our way back to Nenagh from Kildare. The route is not marked well after you exit the M7 but luck had us making all the right turns. We were in Ireland October 2016 and...More

1  Thank MarleyMia
Reviewed 9 September 2016

For anyone wanting to learn about the famine times this is a must see. You learn just how horrible the famine really was and the toll it took on people during those times. If those walls could talk the stories they would tell would be...More

1  Thank CFtravler2014
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Great value at ten euro for a family. We were given a very interesting tour of this stark old workhouse. Some fantastic work has been done restoring the currently open portion of the workhouse but this could be a world class tourist site if funded....More

Thank Emma000
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Enjoyed our visit to the workhouse. Full of historical facts and very interesting place to see.Plenty of artefacts to see and look at during your visit.

Thank mdouglasderry
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20 March 2017|
Response from kieranpwalsh |
Oonagh S
29 August 2015|
Response from Krisherron | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I am unable to provide that information, I think they will have a website, as when we visited it was still undergoing renovations, but I am sure it was open 11.00 and into the afternoon.