Education and Training


Local History Certificate with the University of LimerickABC Certificate Presentation-008 copy

The ‘Local History’ Certificate commences in mid-September and we host it from the Irish Workhouse Centre. Lectures are held Wednesdays, weekly, from 7pm to 10pm. The cost of the course will be c. €650 and it is a FETAC 6 fully-accredited certificate.

–  The course will begin in mid-September with an ‘Introduction to local history: approaches, definitions and presentation’ module.

–  The next module will focus on the location and categorisation of sources (primary and secondary etc).

–  In the Spring, the course widens to encompass the principal non-written sources (visual, oral history, folklore, material culture, the landscape; archaeology, maps, etc).Diploma Class 2019

–  Each student will complete a final project based on research into primary source material relevant to an understanding of a particular topic in local history.

–  There are ample supports in place, tutors are available to guide and mentor on all projects, and the existing class sailed through and have their graduation next month.


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 |