2017 Events

Friday, March 1oth: A Taste of Portumna

The Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna, in partnership with Galway County Council, will be hosting ‘A Taste of Portumna’ event on Friday, 10th March, from 12pm to 5pm. The idea behind the event is to facilitate local producers to exhibit and share their produce with a wide audience in their local community. The is no entrance charge.

Access to the event will be free and we have a large outdoor area prepared (weather permitting) for our local producers. Should the weather not be on our side, we also have a large indoor complex available. There is also a canteen on site which we will make available for exhibitors and the general public, and the feedback to date has been excellent. For more, see www.irishworkhousecentre.ie/a-taste-of-portumna


Part of our event will be a ‘Festival of Bees’ involving the Folklore of Bees in their bio-diversity, with a focus on education of their importance is our local food. We are visiting local schools as part of our efforts.


Saturday, March 11th: Eaten Bread: The archaeology and history of food production and preparation.A Famine

The Irish Workhouse Centre in Portumna, in partnership with Galway Community Heritage Forum, will be hosting a free conference on the history of food in Ireland on Saturday, 11th March, from 10am. Speakers will include Margaret Hickey, Clodagh Doyle, Rosanne Meenan, John Tierney, and Mary Bulfin.

For more, see  http://irishworkhousecentre.ie/eaten.


Friday, June 9th to Sunday, June 11th

On June 9th-11th, the Irish Workhouse Centre will be hosting a ‘Fit for Fun Festival’. It promises to be a fantastic weekend with lots to interest all ages – from Lego and activity workshops and an exploration dome for children, to a charity cycle (with the Lions Club) and heritage events for adults…


Friday, June 9th: Late Night at the Workhouse. For those working all week, the centre will be giving free tours from 6pm-8pm on the opening Friday evening… discussing the ‘Workhouse at Night’, what evenings and night-time brought for inmates and staff, and comparing life ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ in the nineteenth century.


Saturday, June 10th: Conference, Exploration Dome and Sport!

Conference, in partnership with Waterways Ireland, on Portumna and its waterways. The River Shannon is closely bound up with Ireland’s social, cultural, military, economic and political history. This free conference, 10am to 1pm showcases the major role this inland waterways has played in history, culture and society.

Half & Full Marathon, 50k and 100k – Forest Marathon at Portumna Forest. For more: www.forestmarathon.wordpress.com/enter-online

The Exploration Dome uses state-of-the-art ‘Full dome’ 360 degree 3-D digital projection technology, stunning graphics and advanced computer simulations.  Astronomy shows and full dome films are suitable for all ages and are projected throughout the inner surface of the dome to fully envelop the audience. Shows every hour on the hours at a subsidised rate of €2.

History on the Run… Kid’s Exercise Course (and History Quiz) in the Workhouse. Fun (and free) outdoor activities will be will be held in the Workhouse complex on Saturday from 11am-1pm.


Sunday, June 11th:

Portumna ‘Active’ Heritage Morning: Get active and get to know your heritage, with our special guests for the morning, the Galway ALego4rchaeological and Historical Society. Tour the Workhouse, Portumna Bridge, and Portumna Priory.

As part of this year’s Portumna Fun & Fit Festival, the Lions Club are holding their Annual Fun Cycle. All proceeds go to local charities – prizes for funniest bike/cyclist, best individual/club fundraised. Donations accepted.

From 3pm-6pm, the Workhouse will be hosting three, hour-long Lego Sessions, with Brickmaster Ben Cunningham.  Places are limited, cost is €10. After a short-tour, Children will be presented with the challenge of building the Workhouse Centre itself.  


Saturday, July 8th: Conference06. Eyrecourt Castle 2

The Irish Workhouse Centre  in partnership with the South East Galway Archaeological & Historical Society (SEGAHS) present a conference on  ‘The Place of the Big House and Estate in Irish History’ at the Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co Galway. Conference  from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. The conference is free to attend, with donations to the Irish Workhouse Centre welcomed.



The Irish Workhouse Centre, Portumna, Co. Galway, Ireland.

Tel: 00-353 (0) 90-9759200 | info@irishworkhousecentre.ie