The Dunfanaghy Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1841. The Workhouse was opened in 1845 at a cost of £5,205. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 300 inmates. The Dunfanaghy Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Ards, Creenasmear, Creeslough, Crossroads, Doecastle, Dunfanaghy, Dunlewey, Gortahork, Magheraclogher, and Meenaclady.
The surviving buildings of the Dunfanaghy Workhouse now house a heritage centre which opened in 1994. For details on how to visit the Workhouse, click here.