Welcome to Dunfanaghy Workhouse Heritage Centre

Dunfanaghy Workhouse, Donegal

Summer Opening Hours

Open 9.30am to 5.30pm Every Day Including Sunday

The Dunfanaghy Workhouse opened in 1995 as a Heritage Centre exploring local history and culture with the Wee Hannah Exhibition. It has evolved into a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. New Exhibition coming in 2014

Advance group bookings welcomed.
You can contact us by telephone: 00353 (0)74 9136540

Sandcastle World Record DVD now available

Heritage Week
Dunfanaghy Workhouse has a number of events organised as part of National Heritage Week which runs from the 23rd to the 31st August 2014.  On Sunday the 24th and Sunday 31st the Wee Hannah & Workhouse Exhibitions will be free; see Wee Hannah tell her moving story of famine survival and her stay in the Workhouse.  The Exhibitions explain the Workhouse and what it was like living in rural Ireland during the Famine.  The time are from 9.30am until 4.30pm on both Sundays.
Also at the Workhouse Step Back in Time with fascinating footage of Dunfanaghy and the surrounding areas from 1935 to 1965, kindly donated by the Metcalfe Family. 
The dates are Monday August 25th to Saturday August 30th 2014 and the times are from 9.30am until 5pm.



What's New in 2014

  • The Dunfanghy Film Club
  • Wheelchair Lift
  • Newly refurbished disabled bathroom
  • Newly refurbished bathroom with baby changing unit
  • New Audio for the Wee Hannah Exhibition
  • Community Cinema and Film Club

Coming Soon In 2014

  • New Audio for the Wee Hannah Exhibition, Irish, French and German and Written summary in Italian.


Children's Afterschools Club

The Dolphin Club has been a huge success with lots of children aged 8 to 11 from Holy Cross, Holy Trinity, Faugher, Ballymore and Murroe National Schools attending each week.

The Dolphin Club, meets every Tuesday afternoon from 3.15pm to 5.15pm, with half an hour of lunch and homework followed by loads of fun games, experiments, crafts and building motorised and electronic models.

The Jellyfish Club for children aged 4-7, Monday and Thursday Afternoosn during term time 3.15pm-4.30pm.

Coffee Shop & Art Gallery experiencesAt our coffee shop you can relax and enjoy a variety of fresh homebaked cakes, teas, coffee's, soups, sandwiches and rolls. You can also visit our art gallery with regularly changing exhibitions, paintings and sculptures.

Craft & Book Shop McNutts Tweed There are also second hand books on offer for €2 each for those rainy days.

Waves of Change Project Waves of Change ProjectThe Waves of Change Youth Group slept in The Workhouse on all Souls Night (31st October 2011) to raise money for the local Care of The Aged Group. They raised €275.

Wee Hannah, A Living History Exhibition experiencesSee and hear "Wee Hannah" tell the true story of her long life. "Wee Hannah" talks of her harsh upbringinig on a farm in the 1830's, her time in the Dunfanaghy Workhouse, and eventually a more peaceful old age.


Community Playground image of toddler bandstand The Community Playground & Toddler Park are open free of charge to the public. The funders are as follows: Community Support Scheme, Donegal Local Development Company Ltd, the Department of Communcations, Energy & Natural Resources & the Minister & Department of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs.

Pumpkin Carving for Children pumpkin"

The Workhouse is running pumpkin carving on Saturday 26th Oct and Sunday 27th October 11.00am - 12.00pm and 2.00pm - 3.00pm both days, €5.00 per child and the pumpkin is provided, adult supervision required.  There are also craft classes on Thursday 31st October 11.am-12.pm and 2pm-3pm Clay Making..

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