The Irish Workhouse, Past & Present
The workhouses in Ireland operated for a period of 80 years, from the early 1840s to the early 1920s. The workhouse or poorhouse was the last resort of the destitute poor and for society’s ‘rejects’. Each area had a workhouse, with 163 being built in total. The workhouse was both hated and feared.
Portumna, Co. Galway.
17th May to 18th May 2014
The conference programme can be accessed at www.irishworkhousecentre.ie or tel: 090-9759200 for further information.