The world’s first fully digital museum in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands, which tells the story of Ireland’s people and how they have influenced and changed the world, is fast becoming one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, writes Cathal Coyle.
EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum – is an interactive experience located in Custom House Quay in the heart of Dublin’s docklands that tells the story of the 70 million people worldwide who claim Irish descent. Named one of Ireland’s Top Five museums in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards in 2017, EPIC is a new – and very welcome – addition to the list of cultural sites in our capital city.
Indeed, EPIC is an acronym for ‘Every Person is Connected’ and it is somewhat apt that EPIC is situated on Custom House Quay, as this was the departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants from the 1800s onwards. Many of those who left Ireland from this point would have travelled by ship to Britain.
The Famine Memorial and Jeanie Johnston, a replica of the tall ship which made 16 journeys to America from 1847 to 1855, is also located on Custom House Quay, a stark reminder of the impact that the Famine had on Ireland and its people.
EPIC is unique in that it is the world’s first fully digital museum, dedicated to the story of Ireland’s people and how they have influenced and changed the world.
User-friendly technology brings visitors on a journey through the Irish emigration experience. The museum seeks to inspire and guide visitors on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day – and also – how those Irish emigrants shaped the world.