The mission of the Donaghmore Museum is to educate its visitors by telling the story of how people lived at the workhouses of Ireland during the Famine Years. There are five buildings on the site, which functioned as a workhouse for the poor from 1853 until 1886.
The workhouse was a place of last resort, and people greatly feared going there but many had no choice. Families were divided, with separate living quarters for males and females. All existed at the lowest possible standard of living.
One of the buildings has been authentically restored, showing the sparse quarters with whitewashed walls.
Another building on the site has been turned into an agricultural museum, and displays tools for butter churning, sowing, and plowing, including old horse drawn farm implements.