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Workhouse Attic Memorial
Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
Rainy days
Paid car parking
Family friendly
An evocative reminder of the famine era workhouses, the Workhouse Attic Memorial is part of the St George's Heritage and Visitor Centre. Both are located in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim.

The St George's Heritage and Visitor Centre on Main Street, Carrick-on-Shannon, houses an interesting display and DVD show on local history. Follow the brass plaque trail to the Workhouse Attic Memorial.

Informative displays recall the role of the workhouse during the famine era. Some 1846 famine victims were recorded as living in these small, whitewashed quarters.

The adjacent reading room provides an opportunity to look through reproduced copies of the Carrick Workhouse Board of Guardian's Minute Books, 1843 to 1850, and to browse other poignant items of interest, including a selection of local emigration records.

A famine graveyard in the grounds is a further legacy of this dark chapter of Irish history

Access to the workhouse attic and reading room is by guided tour and can also be arranged with the St George’s Heritage and Visitor Centre staff.

Why we like it
  • Fascinating look at the life of Carrick-on-Shannon at the time of the Famine.
  • Audio and visual displays about the local history, with a collection of local records.
  • Visit the interesting famine graveyard on the site.
Contact details
St Mary's Cl, Townparks, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, N41 KP62, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 45 minutes to 1 hour here.

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