On Tuesday, May 24th I spent one hour with Irish Rural Development Manager for South East Galway and co-coordinator of the Irish Workhouse Center Portumna Project, Ursula Marmion along with local historian and Irish Workhouse Center, Portumna Chairperson John Joe Conwell.
The location of the interview was the workhouse in Portumna, County Galway in Ireland. A place that reminds of a line from a W.B. Yeats poem, “A terrible beauty.”
If you are one of the 70 million Irish dispersed around the globe, the facts of “assisted immigration,” as explained by John Joe Conwell are astounding. Please watch the videos to learn about the history, future and preservation efforts of The Irish Workhouse Center, Portumna. Who knows? You might even want to get involved.