Posted by: irishhungercomm | April 17, 2010

Workhouses as National Monuments

We have also received a reply from Councillor Dermot Lacey (ex Lord Mayor of Dublin) to our email regarding the Motion to be put to the Councils for the Workhouses to be made National monuments and buildings of historical and heritage importance.   It is the Dunshaughlin Workhouse that will be the start of the campaign.  I have to get the addresses of all the workhouses in Ireland to pass on to Councillor Dermot Lacey.   If you or anyone in America has a list of all the workhouses in Ireland can you please forward them on.

Michael & Olivia Blanch.



    on the left hand side of this page is a full list. of Irish Poor Law Unions. Click each union and it will open to a list of workhouses.
    Dont have street addresses though, but full description of each.

    This looks like just what you need.
    I fully agree with this initiative, very healing all round and will bring tourist dollars to Ireland which really needs them ! Janet

    I need to see Gort Workhouse.

  2. For a full list of workhouses of Ireland see book by John O’Connor, The Workhouses of Ireland – the fate of Ireland’s Poor – contains a full list of all workhouses and date built, cost of building etc. Excellent book for anyone with an interest in this area.

    I too fully support that these buildings should be national monuments and preserved. Some of them are in quite good condition e.g Dromore West Workhouse, Co. Sligo and Portumna Worhouse, Co. Galway (still in Stste ownership, I believe)

    • Hi, I’m from France. I’m writing a thesis on the Famine. Do you know what is the government response to this initiative. It would be great these buildings should be preserved.
      Does it exist some famine ruins in Ireland as historical monuments?
      Thank you.

      • Monique,
        As fare as I know there is a Committee set up to look at Famine Commemeration. Details are contained eslewhere on this website.

        There are ruins and some good condition workhouses remaining in Ireland but they are not really treated as historical monuments.

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