Gorey Workhouse

Inch GoreyCounty Wexford

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Gorey Workhouse on Historic 25 inch map (1897-1913)

The Gorey Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1839. The Workhouse was opened in 1842 at a cost of £6,700. It was built to house a maximum capacity of 500 inmates. The Gorey Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Ballycaneu, Ballyellis, Camolin, Coolgraney, Courtown, Gorey, Monomolin, Rosmanogue, Wells, and Wingfiel. 

During the worst years of the Great Famine, extensions were put in place to accomodate a further 80 inmates. 

The Gorey Workhouse site is now in use as a Business Park with very few original features still standing. 



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  • Alice Murphy aged 16 was transported to Australia. She sailed on the Tippoo Saib, arriving in Sydney in July 1850. She was one of the Earl Grey Irish girls. Prior to sailing she lived at the Gorey Workhouse. Alice is my 2 x Great Grandmother.  


    Thursday 28th May 2020, 03:51AM
  • Hi Frigg, 

    That's a great story! Have yoy added Alice to the Chronicles? We can connect her to the Gorey Workhouse now and help to shine a light on the human story of these builidings. If you need any help with this then I would be more than happy to assist. 

    Chronicles Editor

    Thursday 28th May 2020, 10:07AM

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