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EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum today announced Jessica Traynor as its new Deputy Museum Director.

Jessica will support the Museum and Managing Director in the development of EPIC, managing the museum team, and working closely with the EPIC/DFA Historian-in-Residence.

Mervyn Greene, Museum and Managing Director of EPIC, says: “I’m delighted that Jessica will be taking on this new role. She has already played a fundamental part in shaping the vision and growth of EPIC as a leading museum both on the Irish and the world stage. Jessica’s extensive experience in the cultural sector will undoubtedly help the museum continue to evolve.”

Jessica Traynor worked across the Literary and Archive Departments of the Abbey Theatre for ten years, and was Literary Manager from 2015-2017. Jessica is also an award-winning poet, a creative writing facilitator, and reviews regularly for RTÉ Radio 1’s Arena and Poetry Ireland. Jessica has an MA in Creative Writing from UCD and a BA in English with History from Trinity College Dublin.

Jessica Traynor says: “Having joined the museum team in March 2017, I am very enthusiastic to be stepping into the role of Deputy Museum Director. It’s an exciting time to be working on the unique project that is EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, and I look forward to forging new relationships with our colleagues in the cultural and heritage sector both in Ireland and internationally.”

Jessica will work closely with Design Manager Heather Dowling to ensure EPIC continues to deliver a world-class visitor experience and to engage new partners to contribute to the museum’s evolution.

EPIC is the world’s first fully digital museum and tells the story of the more than 10 million people who left Ireland over the centuries. The interactive museum in Dublin’s Docklands is one of Ireland’s newest major visitor attractions.