Dunfanaghy Workhouse Heritage Center 

The Dunfanaghy Workhouse is situated on the edges of Dunfanaghy town in North West Donegal. This noteworthy stone structure is of extraordinary verifiable intrigue. It began as one of the dreary starvation workhouses of the 1840s yet today is a substantially more wonderful spot consolidating a Heritage Center that investigates nearby history and culture. 

Contact Details 

t: 00353 (0)74 91 36540 

w: www.dunfanaghyworkhouse.ie 


As in numerous pieces of Ireland in the mid nineteenth century, a Workhouse was built in Dunfanaghy for the detainment and work of desperate neighborhood individuals. The principal tenants were conceded in June 1845 toward the start of the Great Famine (A Gorta Mhór) of 1845-1850. Conditions were very unforgiving. Men, ladies, youngsters and the wiped out were isolated and their lives were overwhelmed by tiring work. It quickly becam packed as the Famine took grasp. Two years after it opened in 1845, it obliged around 600 individuals – twofold the number initially arranged. 

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Legacy Center 

The Workhouse was reestablished and opened in 1995 as a Heritage Center whose point was to investigate neighborhood history and culture. Changeless Exhibitions in the inside incorporate the Workhouse Exhibition and the Wee Hannah Exhibition. 

In The Workhouse Exhibition life in the workhouse is clarified on a sound tape and bolstered by a model of the first workhouse and story sheets clarifying the standards, diet and life of the ruined occupants and the administration. 

The Wee Hannah Exhibition gives an increasingly close to home perspective on life in the area in and around the season of the starvation. Her story is told through a progression of arranged rooms and a sound tape. The guest will hear Hannah discuss her cruel childhood on a ranch in the 1830's, a grave ailment, her time in The Workhouse and in the long run an increasingly quiet maturity 

Different Facilities 

Since its reviving the Dunfanaghy Workhouse has developed into a multi reason community for local people and guests alike. Different offices incorporate 

Specialty and Coffe Shop 

The Craft Shop has a wide scope of blessing and specialty items accessible with an accentuation on products made in Donegal, for example, cleanser, adornments, covers and tea lights just as prints, carefully assembled cards and books by neighborhood writers. 

The Workhouse Café has a scope of sandwiches and toasties to suit everybody and everything is newly arranged to arrange. All the soup is regular and home made. 

Visitor Information 

Vacationer Information is accessible in the Workhouse with a scope of pamphlets and leaflets on offer to control guests through the huge scope of exercises and administrations accessible in Dunfanaghy and the Sheephaven Bay Area. 

Workmanship Exhibitions 

From Easter as far as possible of Hallowen nearby and visiting specialists display their work in the Workhouse. 

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