Portumna Workhouse and Portumna Castle visit

Clans and Surnames Conference Nenagh, Tipperary.

Wednesday May 17, 2017

We started the day with a Round table discussion.



Tony Browne was very knowledgeable on the subject of Limerick Surnames. He had us all laughing with some of his stories about tracing family names.


Civil Parishes and Death Registration sources was discussed at length with John Nangle and Dr. Paul Mac Cotter. John had been the expert who accompanied me to the Registry of Deeds in Dublin in 2015 when I found a primary document of one of my ancestors.

John Tierney

John Tierney, Archaeologist explained how his company Historic Graves set about documenting all the headstones of the various cemeteries in a rigorous fashion first gaining the permission of the local council,church authorities and the people of the Parish.



After lunch we visited Portumna Castle first and saw all the wonderful restoration work that is being performed at present.

The large kitchen gardens are are both beautiful and functional with a wide variety of flowers, herbs and vegetables.

We continued on to the Portumna Workhouse and saw the conditions that prevailed at the workhouse during the time of the potato famine. It was a very sad time in Irish History.

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