This was the key to the east gate of Galway Workhouse. Workhouses were established to be a last resort for the poor and destitute in the mid-19th century and many that went in their doors never came out again. The Galway Workhouse was built in 1939-41 by George Wilkinson on a site of 8 acres on Newcastle Road and was built to accommodate 1000 inmates. The workhouse closed its doors for the last time in 1921.
Can you guess what door this key would have opened up?Robert O'Halloran2020-05-18T16:20:52+01:00