During the Great Famine, 1845-1850, the Warhouse at Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary, was the scene of the principal action of the 1848 Rebellion by the Young Irelanders.
Most now agree, that had there not been the Young Ireland movement, we would not have had the Fenians of 1867 and the 1916 Rising, hence the national historical importance of the 1848 Warhouse.
The farm house which belonged to the McCormack family has always been known locally as the Warhouse. The warhouse was placed on the register of historic monuments in
April 1989 in
order to give legal recognition to the historical significance of
At the 150th anniversary Commemoration Cermony, in 1998, The Taoiseach, Bertie
Ahern TD, described
the house as ‘an
monument and part of
our national heritage’ and acknowledged the
appropriateness of it
housing a permanent
exhibition. The state duly took ownership of the house, an officially renamed it the 'Famine Warhouse 1848'. The house was officially opened by Tom Parlon, T.D, Minister for State at the Department of Finance, with responsility for the Office of Public Works, on Wednesday, 21 July 2004 at 3 pm.
The residents of Ballingarry and the surrounding area commemorate the 1848 Rebellion each year with a Famine Warhouse Walk. A Flag Raising Ceremony takes place each day, at the Commons, Ballingarry, to commemorate the fact that the Irish Flag was first flown, in Ballingarry, during the 1848 rebellion.
The Famine Warhouse 1848 heritage site is open to visits, you will find the details you need below.