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MacDonagh Junction is the site of the former Kilkenny Union Workhouse and the site of the discovery of 975 human remains in 2005 which were undocumented and remain without names.

These people date from 1845 and represent a cross section of Kilkenny inhabitants that befell starvation and disease as a consequence of the Great Famine. As the local graveyards filled the decision was taken to bury them within the grounds of the workhouse. This burial ground was then covered over by a thick layer of soil and later used as the workhouse garden.

In 2005 the remains were discovered whilst the site was being prepared for the development of the Centre and they were removed under expert supervision and brought to the National Museum of Ireland. They were examined in detail by archaeologists from around the world and this research offered never seen before insights into the living conditions and cause of death for famine population in Ireland. This has been described as the most significant discovery in the World relating to the Irish Famine. They were returned to us in 2010 and rest in the Kilkenny Famine Memorial Garden at MacDonagh Junction.

In early November 2017 we will launch the Kilkenny Famine experience, a free self-guided audio visual tour that will describe the human story of the Kilkenny famine inmates around the buildings of the former famine Workhouse (now Workhouse Square, MacDonagh Junction). As part of this project we hope to collect 975 fingerprint images from local groups and schools to represent and connect the people of present day Kilkenny to the crypt that houses the human remains at the Famine Memorial Garden at MacDonagh Junction.

The fingerprint images will not have any recording of the participant’s names so there is no data or privacy release required in law. The device will simply record the scan image as a jpeg file which will be added to the metalwork of proposed banding which will be installed to adorn the crypt and tour signage. Of course, the participants will be also be invited to register their participation in our record book but this information will simply record who submitted their fingerprints with no connection to the image file. We would like to invite customers to participate in the project on the following dates:


Sunday 9th July at 3pm

Saturday 15th July at 3pm

Sunday 23rd July at 3pm



Personal Shopper

MacDonagh Junction now offer a FREE personal shopper service throughout the Centre. Why not take advantage of this unique opportunity to get personalised style/fashion advice.

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Savings Club

Our new gift card service offers the facility for a Savings Club. This allows shoppers to put money aside and then at their own convenience withdraw a gift card when required. The savings club is available to use at the customer service desk 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and 12 noon to 5pm Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays. For further information please contact a member of our centre management.

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  • FREE children’s play area
  • Postal Stamps at Customer Service
  • Spacious toilet and baby changing facilities
  • FREE WiFi
  • ATM
  • Free Phone Taxi service
  • Indoor car parking
  • Customer Service Desk
  • Complimentary children’s buggy
  • Complimentary umbrella loan service
  • Flat battery start service in our car park
  • Bicycle parking
  • Boardroom hire
  • Borrow a bike lock
  • Phone charging service
  • Fax and photocopy service
  • Personal shopper
  • Pregnancy / Mother & Baby Parking
  • Public notice board
  • Gift cards
  • iDME wristband hire
  • Complimentary wheelchair loan service



Customer Feedback

I received fantastic assistance today at the customer service desk. The assistant even helped me enter a draw. The Halloween Party was very enjoyable. The kids had a fantastic time, very child friendly.
Great atmosphere in MDJ today. Lots of activities for the kids to enjoy on a miserable day. Great help from the lady on the front desk. Needed some help as we are in Kilkenny for just the weekend.
MacDonagh Shopping Centre is probably one of the cleanest Centres I’ve shopped in, toilets are always immaculate.
We were in Kilkenny for the long weekend and popped into MacDonagh Junction for a bite of lunch on our way to Kilkenny Castle. We were just about to leave when the kids entertainment kicked off. Many thanks to whoever organised the entertainment – it really made our weekend. We usually head to Spain for the Easter break but I think the smallies will vote for Kilkenny (or rather MacDonagh Junction) again next year.

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