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Famine Warhouse 1848

The unlikely site of a bloody skirmish

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Famine Warhouse 1848

The unlikely site of a bloody skirmish

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Co. Tipperary
E41 XK23

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Famine Warhouse 1848

How did an ordinary farmhouse near Ballingarry, County Tipperary, become the site of a bloody siege and a monument of the Young Irelander Rebellion of 1848?

It was here that rebels, under the leadership of Protestant aristocrat William Smith O’Brien, besieged 47 police officers who had barricaded themselves into the McCormack homestead, taking 5 children hostage. After two of their number were killed, the rebels finally gave in. They were later transported to penal colonies abroad.

The Warhouse, as it became known, is now a museum. Its contents illuminate the history of the Young Irelander Rebellion, the trials of its leaders, their exile in Australia and escape to the USA. The exhibition places the rebellion in the context of the Great Famine and the upheaval that rocked Europe during that turbulent year.

Opening Times

Open all Year round on a part time basis. Please call number below for appointment.

Contact +353 (87) 908 9972

Average Length of Visit: 40 minutes


Access to the ground floor for visitors with disabilities.

Seasonal Opening Times

April – September

Wednesday – Sunday

14:30 – 17:30

October – March

Saturday & Sunday only

14:00 – 16:00


Co. Tipperary
E41 XK23

087 908 9972

Getting Here

23 miles (37 km) from Kilkenny along N76 and R691 to Ballingarry. North of Ballingarry towards Commons. Follow signposts.

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