Irish Workhouse Centre and Clonmacnoise

In the morning of 4 October 2018, as part of their TY History programme all TY students visited the Workhouse Centre in Portumna. In 2011, the workhouse was opened to the public, as the Irish Workhouse Centre. During a guided tour, students were told the story of the Irish Workhouse as an institution, which operated from the early 1840s to the early 1920s.

In the afternoon students visited Clonmacnoise, a sixth century monastic site, located on the banks of the Shannon which is home to three high crosses, a cathedral, seven churches and two round towers.

After an audio visual presentation students had a guided tour of the site which flourished for 600 years as centre of learning and religious instruction as well as providing much of Ireland’s finest Celtic art and illuminated manuscripts.