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Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum
Donaghmore, Co. Laois
Free car parking
Family friendly
Rainy days
This evocative museum is housed in a restored workhouse originally built in the midlands during the early 1850s. It is situated in Donaghmore, near Portlaoise off the M7.

Donaghmore Famine Workhouse Museum is a unique place in County Laois which aims to tell the story of the families who lived and died within the famine workhouse walls before, during and after the Great Famine. As a result of the Great Famine era of 1845-1849 about 1,200 people, or 10% of the population of the area, was forced to seek refuge here.

The museum uses guided and self guided tours, combined with various exhibits, to explain the socioeconomic conditions which led to the establishment of this and other workhouses. On visiting Donaghmore you will see the authentically restored original dormitories, a kitchen and a waiting hall.

Tips from locals

When here, ask for a copy of the book called ‘Purgatory of Misery', for deep insights into the plight of famine victims.

Contact details
Dunacleggan, Donaghmore, Co. Laois, R32 PC58, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 1.5 hours here.

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