The Irish and the World: the new EPIC book

A new guide book to complement a visit to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is now available. Published through Scala, one of the world’s leading publishers of books for museums, galleries and educational institutions, the 64 page guide has been researched and written by Nathan Mannion, EPIC’s Head of Exhibitions and Programmes.

For centuries the people of Ireland have been departing the shores of their homeland, setting out to the four corners of the world, in search of opportunities, adventure and a place to call home. This book is an engaging guide, revealing the powerful, extraordinary stories of the Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day.

Throughout the book you’ll read the stories of some of the emigrants featured in EPIC as well as an overview of the impact and influence of Irish emigration. The stories of Fenian-turned-newspaper editor John Boyle O’Reilly, of care worker Valerie Place and of Australian gold prospector Paddy Hannan are featured alongside stunning photos of the Museum itself. You’ll also see people including Ambassador Samantha Power, activist and entertainer Bob Geldof and bestselling author Edna O’Brien included, while we pay tribute to organisations abroad including the London Irish Centre and Tourism Ireland’s international Global Greening campaign.

The book also features the history of 200 year old CHQ Building where the museum is based as well as the history of the great Crimean Banquet in Dublin of 1856. Stories of the voyages of the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship and of the Irish Family History Centre operated by our genealogy partners Eneclann close out the book.


The book is available in the EPIC Museum Gift Shop and online. It retails at €10.