Can you guess what door this key would have opened up?

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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.


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