Altar Stone (Cloch Altóra)
from Westport Workhouse
Clew Bay Heritage Centre, Westport
Westport Workhouse, opened on 5th November l845 for the reception of the destitute poor. The large building, at Cahernamart, was capable of housing 1,000, with segregation between the sexes being strictly enforced. In l932-33 a Local Authority housing scheme was built on the site of the workhouse. In l996 the altar stone was found by Brendan Mulroy, while digging his garden.