Above Picture: Mike Feerick and Ellis Island Museum Curator Judy Giuriceo in the Great Hall September 2015
Epic Journeys Ellis Island brings to life the experiences of people who left Ireland around the end of the 19th Century and passed through the Immigration Station at Ellis Island before scattering to all parts of North America to begin a new life. The exhibition is the result of a research project undertaken by Ireland Reaching Out (www.IrelandXO.com) with the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as part of the Government’s Emigrant Support Programme. The exhibition has been on display in Tulla Co. Clare since August and has been warmly received by both the local community and also the extended Diaspora community of Tulla.
The Liberty Ellis Foundation is one of the key collaborators of the Epic Journeys project and has invited Ireland Reaching Out to submit a formal application to have the exhibition displayed in their museum. Situated in the main building of the former immigration station complex, the museum tells the moving tales of the 12 million immigrants who entered America through the Ellis Island processing station between 1892 and 1943, one million of which were Irish. Today over half of all Americans can trace one or more ancestors to Ellis Island and it is one of America’s most iconic landmarks, attracting more than 2 million visitors each year.
Speaking in New York last week, Chairperson of Ireland Reaching Out Mike Feerick said "we are excited about showcasing the Epic Journeys exhibition in such a relevant place to the history of Irish emigration, and look forward to bringing these stories of remarkable journeys to an audience that otherwise may not have the opportunity to know about them."
Watch the Epic Journeys launch event video