We are inviting people to join us online for a presentation from Sydney, Australia as we reconnect to the stories of our Orphan Girls.
Eighty-seven of the 4,114 young women who left Ireland between June 1848 and April 1850 during the Irish Famine were from one of the two Kilkenny workhouses: 28 from Callan and 59 from Kilkenny itself. Dr Perry McIntyre will join us from Sydney to give an outline of the background to what has come to be known as the Earl Grey scheme and focus on the lives of a few of the Kilkenny girls in Australia.
To register for this Free online event please email info@macdonaghjunction.com


Visit the Kilkenny Union Workhouse, now beautifully restored as MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre to take this FREE AV tour. 
The tour will bring you around the buildings of the Workhouse telling the human stories of the inmates that lived and died 
within the walls.
Learn about the unexpected discovery of over 970 human remains described as the most significant discovery in the world 
relating to the Irish Famine.
Meet the young Saul brothers, John and Patrick who sought refuge in the Workhouse in 1841 after being abandoned by their 
parents on the docks in Dublin. 
Faced with an arduous journey on foot back to Clonmel they presented at the Workhouse and were admitted.

Tour Details

Opening Hours:
Mon – Friday:
9.30am – 12noon, 2pm – 4.30pm

Saturday-Sunday- Bank Holidays:
12.30pm – 4pm

Tour Duration: 50 minutes

For optimal experience headphones are recommended. Visitors can bring their own headphones (must have headphone jack, bluetooth not available)  or purchase disposable headphones for €2 each from the customer service desk.

Suitable for children – parental discretion advised.

Security deposit or passport required to release handheld device – fully refundable


Book your Tickets

Select your tour time below to book your place on the tour. You can select a date in the next section.

MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre (Next to train station),
Hebron Road, Kilkenny
Tel: +353 56 7777600

This Project is supported by:

Kilkenny Famine Experience is supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, an all-of-Government five-year initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which places creativity at the centre of public policy. Further information from creative.ireland.ie and ireland.ie