Workhouse Heritage Centre

Image of front of Dunfanaghy Workhouse Heritage Centre
Dunfanaghy Workhouse Heritage Centre

The Dunfanaghy Workhouse opened in 1995 as a Heritage Centre exploring local history and culture. It has been run since then by a voluntary Board of Management and is a not for profit Charitable organisation. The Workhouse is located in stunning Dunfanaghy, a coastal village nestled at the base of the Horn Head Peninsula, Muckish Mountain and New Lake. It has evolved into a popular destination for locals and visitors alike with a coffee shop specialising in home baking, a craft shop that is slowly extending it’s range of local Donegal crafts and a Community Playground and Toddler Park.

The Wee Hannah Exhibition is still very worthwhile a visit as it explains the life story of local lady Hannah Herrity who was a survivor of the famine and lived in the Workhouse. There is now outside seating so on those rare sunny days you can enjoy your coffee or lunch sitting in the sun.

The Workhouse also runs a summer scheme for children and an after schools programme with a variety of activities, as well as the Waves of Change Youth Club which meets every Tuesday night from 7pm to 9pm. There is also a youth project which runs on a Tuesday night 7pm to 9pm. There is an interesting exhibition on the Workhouse, including its management and its inhabitants in the 1800's. It is an interesting insight into rural Irish history. From Easter to the end of September local and visiting artists display their work in well advertised Exhibitions.

The workhouse is running various activities from the 18th to the 26th of August to coincide with National Heritage Week. There is also the Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Festival which is scheduled to run from the 13th to the 16th of September. 

For further info contact the centre on 00353 74 91 36540