|Establishment Name:||Carrickmacross Workhouse|
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Then, for 4 consecutive years, 1845 to 1848, blight destroyed the potato harvest across Europe. Other crops, vegetables and animals continued to be exported, which resulted in The Great Hunger, An Gorta Mór.
Carrickmacross Workhouse was built to house 500, however by 1851, nearly 2,000 men, women and children were crammed into the building.
Due to the large numbers of children in Workhouses, many who were orphaned by The Great Hunger, between 1848 and 1850, 4,112 girls between the ages of 14 and 18 were emigrated from Irish Workhouses to Australia as wives and servants of the settlers and convicts there.
Carrickmacross Workhouse contains a restored original Girl’s Dormitory, from which 38 teenage girls were sent to Australia.
In addition, Mass Famine Graves can be viewed at the rear of the Workhouse site.
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