Project Team

SE Galway IRD is the lead partner in the Irish Workhouse Centre Project.  This company was formed by members of the community in 1997.  It is a non-for-profit company limited by guarantee with no share capital and has obtained a charity number from the Revenue Commissioners (CHY No. 13795).

The mission of SE Galway IRD is to:

“promote, support and engage in local development initiatives that benefit South East Galway.”

Its work includes the delivery of rural bus services in South & East Galway; the provision of a range of training programmes; support to businesses and start-ups; tourism development and social housing.

The IRD’s flagship project is the development of the Irish Workhouse Centre.  The property is owned by the Health Service Executive (HSE) and is leased by SE Galway IRD. While SE Galway IRD is the lead partner in this work, the project has strong support from the local community and various agencies.

There is a core working group, consisting of IRD directors, a number of interested local people and representatives of other local bodies. Other working groups are convened as people with varying interests and skills are required.

Three IRD staff work on the Irish Workhouse Centre Project.  These positions are supported by Pobal, under the Community Services Programme.  20 local people work in a voluntary capacity as guides.

Then there are advisors to the Project and representatives from various agencies.

Advisors to the Project:

Dermot Nolan & Associates, Historic Building Advisors and Consulting Engineers
Mairín Doddy, Architectural Conservation Officer, Galway County Council
Colm Murray, Architect, the Heritage Council
Brian Barrett, Community & Enterprise Unit, Galway County Council
Owen Coughlan, Design & Planning Consultants
Seamus Duggan, Accountant & Auditors

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

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