Heritage Council Winner 2017 and 2018

National Heritage Award 20172

On February 22nd 2017, at Kildare Street in Dublin, the Heritage Council awarded their national heritage award for ‘Reaching Out’ to the Irish Workhouse Centre. The centre was acknowledged for the success of their 2016 Heritage Week programme, becoming the first winner from Co Galway since 2012 when the ‘Glinsk 100’ group took home an award for their centenary efforts.

Each year the Heritage Council presents four awards under the categories ‘Reaching Out’, ‘Hidden Heritage’, ‘Heritage Hero’, and ‘Cool for Kids’. Beating off stiff competition from the major centres and museums across the country, the Irish Workhouse Centre were credited for the breadth of their ‘Reaching Out’ initiatives. The Heritage Council’s annual ‘Reaching-Out’ award celebrates events that reach out to new audiences in innovative ways.

Over the course of the nine days of Heritage Week in August 2016, twelve heritage events were hosted by the centre across a broad range of subjects and forms.

Some events combine3d lectures with Irish music and involved the arts community; while others were targeted at international residents and visitors to the region – including a special talk on the Franco-Prussian War. An exhibition on the earliest hurling clubs of the county, and a minecraft event for children were among the other highlights.

The manager of the Irish Workhouse Centre, Steve Dolan, accepted the award on behalf of the staff and the board of the Portumna Centre. He also thanked the people of south-east Galway for making the events such a success.

Pictured (top) is the General Manager Steve Dolan accepting the award from Minister Heather Humphreys; and (bottom) Steve with Chairperson Paul Mullins, and Dr Christy Cunniffe of the centre’s heritage committee.

In 2018, the Workhouse was recognised in the children’s category twice, with the ‘Go Wild Nature Camps’ at the Irish Workhouse Centre and Oughterard Courthouse with BirdWatch Ireland winning AND among the runners-up was the ‘Chase a Fairy, Find a Bee’ event, again at the Workhouse. A huge result.

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

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