Posted by: irishhungercomm | April 26, 2012

Irish Workhouse Centre Portumna County Galway

From: Brendan Flynn

Irish Workhouse Centre Portumna County Galway
Hello Everyone,

One can only imagine the amount of work by Ursala and Eric to ensure that the Portumna Workhouse remains open so that visitors to it can avail themselves of the real truth of events in the Galway area during 1845-48.

I would certainly encourage your individual organisations to provide awareness of the Portumna Workhouse where possible.

You may each wish to contact  Ursala and Eric and share contact information regarding your own efforts. I believe they would welcome communication with you.


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It is my own humble belief that the truth about the workhouses must be kept alive permanently so that the people of Ireland never have to endure what happened in 1845-48 again.

Go raibh míle maith agaibh le gach duine.

Brendan Flynn
The Ireland Canada Monument Vancouver



  1. The Portumna workhouse was opened in 1852 – after the Great Famine – most of the others were built before the arrival of the blight. You’re right though, workhouses played a significant role in the Famine and a better understanding of these buildings, regardless of when they were built, can help in any study regarding this period in Irish history.

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