Education and Training


SEGAHS (South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society) Local History Course

LlogosThis heritage training programme is targeted at those in the wider Portumna area who are interested in contributing to heritage groups, tourist providers, or in becoming local historians. The course will be given over six Saturdays each June-July, at 11:30 each day.

The aim of the course is to empower individuals with the skill-sets to use the heritage resources available, to share that knowledge with both locals and tourists alike. Participants will be invited on both a waling tour and to attend a conference as part of the course.

Currently, the Irish heritage sector supports 40,000 jobs and accounts for €1.5 billion revenue for the country each year. It is important for national and local groups to exploit the opportunities in this growing sector, and this course will therefore be of interest all those interested in local history and genealogy.

Each training lecture will be a mixture of lecture and the practical application. On course completion, participants will have developed an awareness of the wealth of heritage assets in their local area and they will have greatly broadened the knowledge of their built, natural and cultural heritage.

This course is provided by the South East Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, is partly-funded by GRETB, and is hosted by the Irish Workhouse Centre.

Tel: 00-353  (0)90  9759200


National, Secondary and Third-level Education Tours Provided.

We offer interactive education programs on the workhouses of Ireland. Through the eyes of a famine girl, Mary O’Hara and her family, we offer an insight to what life was like in the Portumna Workhouse.

  • For tailored education tours, please have a look at our Education Programs. If you would like us to tailor a programme for your class our Education Officer is happy to do so.
  • We cater for Special Needs individuals. One of our Education Officers is a Level 7 S.N.A. so if you have a special needs class we are a happy to tailor an education programme for them. We do ask that you to remember that the workhouse is a historical building and it is necessary to inform us in advance if children with special needs are attending (see booking sheet).
  • Free visitor pack for teachers.
  • If there is anything you would like add to your tour, please contact us here at the centre.

Group discounts available, please phone for rates. School tours are tailored to suit age of students.

Tel: 00-353  (0)90  9759200


All monies received go towards the Irish Workhouse Centre.
SE Galway IRD is a not-for-profit community company.

Rates Details Price
Adults €7
Seniors  Aged 65+ €5
Students €5
Families 2 adults & children €15
 Under 13s  €3
 Under 7s  Free
 School Groups  Adults/Teachers Free  €3 per student

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

Tel: 00-353 (0) 90-9759200 |