It seems that the NBC program “Who Do You Think You Are?” which featured Rosie O’Donnell, and brought out the fact of some of her ancestors having spent time in a Workhouse before coming to America, has peaked the interest of many.
What was that all about? What was going on? In Ireland – we can’t believe it!
Here is what Marie Smith has to say:
Rosie’s reaction is so similar to what a majority of Irish Americans would say. Incidentally, Birr Workhouse was a workhouse that I inquired about 5 to 7 years ago when I was in the town of Birr.
While speaking to a shop owner and telling her of my quest she told me that they had a wonderful specimen down the road; however, the president of the historical society, when approached, said a definite “NO” to opening it up. Amazing what they will do when push comes to shove – times are a changing.