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“Donaghmore, well worth a visit.”

Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum
Ranked #4 of 17 things to do in Portlaoise
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 reviews
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“Donaghmore, well worth a visit.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

We visited this excellent museum in July 2014. Liam, our expert guide made the place come alive for us. Donaghmore is off the beaten track but well worth searching out.

Visited July 2014
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munster
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Sad Irish Days”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

This museum takes you back in time to the dreary poverty filled days of the workhouse. The guides are incredibly friendly and informative and the tour will help you appreciate how far we have come in the last 150 years.

Visited June 2014
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Mountmellick, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A taste of another life”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

Great feel of history and lots of interesting things too see. Such inventive people in older days - love the welly remover!

Visited April 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Interesting place - two museums for the price of one.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2013

Visited here during Heritage Week with two adults & two children at a reduced family rate of €8.00 (usually €10.00). Interesting tour with guide explaining the workhouse system and some of the historical background behind them - a grim insight into our not too recent past. An added bonus was the exhibition of country life housed in the same buildings. Overall an interesting and educational experience that appealed to both adults and early teen children. Well worth the entry fee a slight detour off the M7

Visited August 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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“Great historical attraction without the hype”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

I'll admit that the farm implements didn't do a thing for me - but the fact that this building (the one that is open to the public) was actually a workhouse is a very improtant part of Irish history which passes beneath notice. The rooms are laregely empty, but there are placards that explain the Poor Law Unions, what happened to people, and hw hopeless the situation was, once people were forced to seek admittance. There are also some drawings from when the Black and Tans were billetted there. Very melancholy place - but interesting.

Visited June 2013
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