Be Our Guest 2018

Be Our Guest 75 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’s Docklands tells that story, and is an essential place to visit for those with an interest in Ireland’s history, culture and people. It is the world’s first fully digital museum – guests often describe their visit as a moving and memorable experience. Shortlisted for the European Museum of the Year 2018, EPIC looks at the reasons why people left their homeland and explores how the Irish shaped the world they found. Explore the impact of the Irish in countries including the United States, UK, Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand and further afield. Dublin’s newest top-rated visitor attraction, acclaimed US travel writer Rick Steves described his visit to EPIC as “Thought-provoking…I had never fully appreciated the Irish diaspora until my visit to this high-tech exhibit…an entertaining and educational experience”. Also named one of Ireland’s Top 5 museums in TripAdvisor’s Travellers' Choice Awards, EPIC is suitable for families and became the only Irish museum to be shortlisted for the prestigious Europe-wide Children in Museums Award. The interactive galleries at EPIC 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, fashion, and science. Learn about the history of Irish dancing and try out some steps. The music gallery features everyone from the Clancy Brothers who conquered America to rock legend Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, as well as iconic pop stars of Irish stock such as John Lennon, the swaggering Gallagher Brothers of Oasis and even current favourite Rihanna. Discover the Irish influence on the world of sport including soccer, rugby, baseball, athletics, boxing and wrestling – and the growth of Gaelic football around the globe. From the creative world, EPIC features beloved artist Jack B. Yeats, top-selling designer Orla Kiely and the Kilkenny-born architect of theWhite House, James Hoban. One of the galleries is a living library, featuring Irish writers such as Jonathan Swift, Maeve Binchy and Seamus Heaney – visitors can even listen to extracts from famous Irish novels. EPIC also houses a state-of-the-art genealogy centre, the Irish Family History Centre, with a team of experts to help with researching Irish ancestors. During his visit, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau discovered his Irish roots, stretching back to County Cork in the 17th century. With audio guides and guided tours available, the friendly and knowledgeable EPIC team are on hand to bring the tales to life and explain the historical background. The museum is located on Custom House Quay in the atmospheric vaults of the newly-restored CHQ, a beautiful 200-year-old building steeped in history. Close to parking and public transport, and a short walk from O’Connell Bridge, there are also many cafés and restaurants in CHQ. Visit EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and meet 300 Irish people on your first day in Dublin. Meet the IrishWho Influenced TheWorld