Irish TV, Ireland’s first international TV station, recently visited Carrickmacross Workhouse, and their resulting episode of ‘Monaghan Matters’ can be viewed at www.irishtv.ie/monaghan-matters-ep-11 – the section covering the Workhouse commences approximately 12 minutes into the episode.
They initially interviewed local professional artist, Orlagh Meegan-Gallagher, regarding her four commissioned permanent textile pieces depicting aspects of The Great Hunger and the Workhouse, entitled The Last Resort, The Forgotten, Departure, and Land of Plenty. The pieces were funded by the International Fund for Ireland and can be viewed in full on Orlagh’s website, www.orlaghmeegangallagher.com/portfolio/latest-art-commissions
Kevin Gartlan, Workhouse Coordinator, then provided Irish TV with a brief history of Poor Law Union Workhouses, of which Carrickmacross is one of 163 built throughout Ireland in the mid-1800s at www.facebook.com/pages/Carrickmacross-Workhouse/105403519506303 or www.carrickmacrossworkhouse.com
Irish TV broadcast 24-hours a day on Sky TV 191, Freesat 400, and online on www.irishtv.ie.