Visit Kilkenny Union Workhouse, adjacent to Kilkenny Train Station, now beautifully restored as MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre to take this FREE audio visual self-led tour. Hear the heartbreaking and poignant human stories recorded in local newspaper articles and minute books from the Board of Guardians, a true reflection of the Kilkenny Famine Experience from the perspective of the Workhouse inmates and staff. Learn about the ground-breaking research carried out as the result of the unexpected discovery of over 970 human remains in 2005, described as the most significant discovery in the world relating to the Irish Famine. These remains, the Kilkenny Famine Victims offered groundbreaking osteo-archaeological insights into the influencing factors that made some survive and more perish in 1840’s Ireland. Visit the final resting place of these victims and pay respect to their memory at the Famine Memorial Garden. View the beautiful bronze sculpture commissioned in 2017 to honor their memory. Reconnect to them as individuals; realising that each had names, complex feelings, relationships, hopes and fears facing Ireland’s darkest period in history. Meet the young Saul brothers, John and Patrick who sought refuge in the Workhouse in 1842 after being abandoned by their parents on the docks in Dublin. Faced with an arduous journey on foot back to Clonmel they presented at the Workhouse and were admitted.
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Opening TimesBookings are Free and by appointment only please call
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This attraction is free and subsidised by MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre but requires a security deposit for device hire of €20 (fully refundable)
Booking is not essential but group bookings are advised by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Visitors without booking cannot be guaranteed tour availability but will be accommodated as soon as possible.
Tour operating times:
Monday to Friday: 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12pm - 4pm
Maximum numbers on each tour: 20
Tour duration: 50 minutes
MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre John Street Kilkenny