The Kilmacthomas Poor Law Union was officially declared in 1850. The Workhouse was built at a cost of £6,605. The Kilmacthomas Workhouse was built to accomodate people from the areas of Annestown, Ballylaneen, Carrigcastle, Comeragh, Dunhill, Fews, Fox's Castle, Gardenmorris, Georgestown, Kilbarrymeaden, Kilmacthomas, Knockmahon, Mountkennedy, Newtown, Stradbally, and Tinnassaggart.
The Kilmacthomas Workhouse was closed in 1919 and the site is now being developed for residential purposes.
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