The Irish are known for travelling far and wide. Over the centuries, 10 million people have left Ireland. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin tells that story, and is an essential place to visit for those with an interest in Irish history, culture and people. It is the world’s first fully digital museum and is suitable for all ages – visitors often find EPIC a novel experience compared with more traditional museums.
EPIC looks at the reasons why people left and explores how the Irish shaped the world they found. The interactive galleries tell the fascinating stories of over 300 Irish people, past and present, and relive some of the greatest achievements in the world of music, sport, art, culture, politics, food, fashion, and science.
In music, long before the Clancy Brothers conquered America, there was Chief O’Neill, the head of the Chicago police force who had a life-long passion for playing, collecting and publishing traditional Irish music. From legendary pop stars like John Lennon to modern chart-topper Rihanna, also in the spotlight at EPIC are entertainers like Terry Wogan and Dave Allen, up to today’s crop of familiar faces like Liam Neeson, Graham Norton and Dara Ó Briain.
Sporting figures include athlete and Olympic gold medal winner Ronnie Delany, and Jim Stynes, the GAA player who became a legend of Australian Rules football. In the library gallery, Irish writers such as Jonathan Swift, Maeve Binchy and Seamus Heaney are highlighted and you can even listen to extracts from famous Irish novels.
Memorable stories and characters wait around every corner and there are also a few villains including Wild West outlaw Billy the Kid, and Ned Kelly, the bushranger and bank robber written into Australian folklore.
EPIC houses a state-of-the-art genealogy centre, the Irish Family History Centre. During his visit, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau discovered his Irish roots stretch back to Bandon, County Cork in the 17th century.
The museum is in the vaults of the beautifully-restored CHQ building on Custom House Quay, originally a wine and tobacco warehouse dating from 1820. Close to parking and public transport, CHQ has many cafés and restaurants and visitors can re-enter the museum if they wish to take a break.
The newest major visitor attraction in Dublin, since opening its doors in 2016, EPIC has established itself as a popular destination for Irish people and tourists alike. National Geographic Traveller and TripAdvisor have both selected EPIC in their Top 10 Things to Do in Dublin, and it was recently nominated for European Museum of the Year 2018. With audio guides and guided tours available, the friendly and knowledgeable EPIC staff are on hand to help.
EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum would like to invite the secretary/social organiser of groups/associations to visit free of charge on Monday the 12th of February 2018.
Experience EPIC for yourself along with some light refreshments. With limited availability, please contact Donna on firstname.lastname@example.org or call (0)1 906 0861 to reserve a place.