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Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum

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Address: Donaghmore, Portlaoise, Ireland
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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 February 2017
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 the 30 minute drive over, which we thought would be well timed for when they... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 on this particular day it was cold, windy and raining but non the less our... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 awful. A great learning experience.

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Meath Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles 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. The horrors and deprivations of the time were summarised nicely in a short video presentation... More 

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Derry City uk
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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dublin ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

I visited the Famine workhouse today with my wife and three young children. We were pleasantly surprised with our trip. Firstly it is great value with a cost of ten euro for a family. The lady who there was great she told us to have a look around the farm museum at our own leisure. This was good and it... More 

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Mountrath, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2015

A glimpse into the primitive and austere life people in the mid 1800s endured. It was better than dying in the cold, wet of Ireland, during the "potato famine" - no jobs, no money, no food, nobody to care, other than a few who built these workhouses dotting the countryside.

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Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

No guide to take you round. Not as good as other famine museums in Ireland but worth a look at the price if you are in the area

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Thank eromallod
Portlaoise, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

A delightful insight into Irelands workhouse history coupled with a vast array of agricultural antiquities make this a must visit. Nestled away in beautiful south county Laois close to Aghaboe and Abbeyleix allow you to dip into county Laois's rich history and heritage

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Burntisland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015 via mobile

A very weird feeling driving in here. "Arbeit macht frei" came to mind. Partially restored, this place is a very grim reminder of the failures of English policies to deal with the great Irish famine. Pity that the rest of the place is being allowed to decay. This is an enormously important monument to a desperate time. It is a... More 

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