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Almost 18,000 visitors this year to Portumna Workhouse very encouraging for 2019, says Cannon

An East Galway TD has welcomed the fact that almost 18,000 people visited the Irish Workhouse Centre in 2018.

Searching for the lost Mountbellew workhouse girls

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Week III

Last chance to win the opportunity to go ‘glamping’

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If you have not experienced it yet, ‘glamping’ is a great way to go camping. There's no canvas, no rain worries, no hassle - and no hard work!

Girls escape from the workhouse into oblivion

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Week II

Getting rid of the troublesome women

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One of the remedies in dealing with overcrowding, and rebellious behaviour from frustrated and angry women in the workhouses during the famine years, was assisted emigration. This was done on a massive scale. Between 1848 and 1850, 4,175 women were sent direct from the workhouse system to Australia. This was in addition to the thousands already sent away assisted by landlords and other schemes to clear the land of unproductive tenants. The only cost to the individual Poor Law unions was for new clothes, and travel expenses to Plymouth, from where the girls embarked to the colony. 

Free training scheme for construction workers in restoration of stone buildings

The Traditional Building Skills Training Scheme (TBSTS) is a pilot programme being run by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in conjunction with four local authorities.

Westmeath workhouses to be remembered at conference

Irish Workhouse Centre plans weekend history conference

The Irish Workhouse Centre is holding a conference from Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 May entitled ‘The Irish Workhouse Past and Present’.

The Central Hospital

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“The newly constituted County Hospitals and Dispensary Committee met for the first time on the 25th of February, 1922, in the boardroom of the old gate lodge of the old workhouse to organise the transfer of the Galway Hospital (Infirmary) on Prospect Hill to the workhouse site.” The hospital (which was where the county council buildings are today) had come under the control of the county council the previous year and it wisely decided that it should be closed and the workhouse developed as a central hospital to serve city and county. The Prospect Hill unit was phased out and ultimately closed in December 1924.

'It was Christmas day in the workhouse..'

It is Christmas Day in the workhouse,

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