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Stories

EPIC Stories

Browse through our online collection and follow the fascinating story of the Irish around the world, past and present. From the celebrated to the unsung, these stories speak of a shared character; of creativity and strength, audacity and ingenuity, resilience and brilliance offering a unique lens through which this nation can be fully understood.

Out In The World: Ireland’s LGBTQ+ Diaspora

Across the generations, Irish LGBTQ+ people have emigrated and found opportunities to live and love openly. Yet this journey was rarely a simple transition from an oppressive island to a liberal wider world. Irish LGBTQ+ emigrants often faced prejudice abroad. Home, once a place of shame and silence, could also become a welcoming site of return. This exhibition highlights 12 stories from the vast yet largely untold history of Ireland’s LGBTQ+ diaspora.

Out In The World: Ireland's LGBTQ+ Diaspora

Give your Irish ancestors the recognition they deserve

Your name is a powerful thing. It has been passed from generation to generation, travelling through the ages and across the world. Now you can honour your ancestors by taking part in The Power of a Name, placing your ancestors name in our Legacy Wall at our museum. To find out how you can take part click below.

Power of a Name exhibition at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Be part of our #EPICIrish exhibition

Though history has meant the Irish are no strangers to separation and distance, we have never lost the spirit that brings us together. There’s always been a collective movement whether in Bandon or Boston to contribute; to the local community, county and country – wherever we may find ourselves.

Who has gone the extra mile to help others during Covid-19? Nominate them to be in our #EPICIrish exhibition. We are collecting the experiences and stories of the Irish people who have helped others during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Calling all Educators! #ITeachAbroad

To accompany our exhibition ‘Across the Waves: Irish Educators Abroad’ we are collecting stories from Irish teachers working abroad today. We want to hear about your unique experience and why you chose to teach abroad and we’ll share your story with the world.

So whether you’re teaching Maths in Chile or English in Dubai, then we’d love to hear from you. To find out more, simply click on the link below.

Share your story

Everyone’s got a story to tell. Here at EPIC we want to hear yours. We aim to record and preserve Ireland’s migration stories for posterity.

Do you have an ancestor who left our shores? Know of someone who achieved something incredible that we should be aware of? Or perhaps you’d like to share your own story? We are always looking for great stories at EPIC that we can add to our collection and eventually share with our visitors.

To get started, please click on the button below: