Designed by Event Communications, the multi-award winning designers of Titanic Belfast, Epic Ireland tells the authentic and epic story of 10 million journeys and the roots of 70 million people.
Located in the beautiful vaults of the iconic chq Building, situated on Custom House Quay in the centre of Dublin, visitors will follow a path through 20 immersive and interactive galleries illuminating the story of Ireland’s communities overseas - past, present and future.
The galleries are organised into 4 compelling themes of migration, motivation, influence and connection. These themes explore the stories of adventure and tragedy that have shaped the narrative of Irish emigration - why people through the ages have left Ireland; the extraordinary influence of the Irish abroad in politics, business, science, sport and the arts; and how the technology of today has changed the emigrant experience.
Visitors to Epic Ireland will be able to engage directly with Ireland Reaching Out via an interactive Kiosk and discover how they can connect with their Irish ancestors' place of origin and find our more about their own family history.
Above: Visitors enjoying some of the exhibits at Epic Ireland
Conal Harvey, Managing Director, Epic Ireland said: ‘The vision and objective of Epic Ireland is to be the essential first port of call for visitors to Ireland, the first piece of orientation for any trip. Its purpose is to tell untold epic stories in a unique, highly entertaining and informative way.'
He continued: ‘Epic Ireland provides the opportunity to celebrate and enhance the connectivity between Ireland and those who left, but benefitted from being Irish. It will also enable those with no connection to Ireland or its diaspora to have the opportunity to understand this story of the Irish people and why emigration looms so large in the Irish consciousness both in the past and today.’
As well as the high tech interactive exhibition, Epic Ireland will also offer a state-of-the-art genealogy centre which will be operated by Eneclann, Ireland’s leading genealogical services provider. In addition to extensive, easy to use research facilities, the genealogy centre will also offer the latest DNA testing to help visitors explore their Irish roots.
Epic Ireland was founded by Neville Isdell, former Chairman and CEO of Coca Cola and member of the Irish diaspora himself. Neville left Ulster with his parents for Northern Rhodesia in the mid-1950s and has subsequently lived and worked outside Ireland for more than sixty years.