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An exciting new interactive visitor centre called Epic Ireland was launched this weekend in the heart of Dublin City’s docklands at the CHQ building. This extraordinary exhibition tells the story of the Irish people around the world using state-of-the-art technology to deliver incredible visual stories with a high level of interactivity. This is the story of 10 million footsteps and 70 million people. 

EPIC Ireland was designed by Event Communications, the multi-award winning designers of Titanic Belfast, and many other major exhibitions across the globe. The primary purpose is to tell hitherto untold epic stories in a unique, highly entertaining and informative way using state-of–the-art and visually arresting technologies. 

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HOW THE EPIC IRELAND EXPERIENCE WORKS

When entering EPIC Ireland patrons are issued with a personal passport before embarking on a journey of discovery through the exhibition. The 20 galleries are organised into four thematic groups comprising:

MIGRATION – an introduction to Ireland and the arrivals and departures that have shaped it.

MOTIVATION – why so many people left Ireland over the centuries, motivations such as belief, war, famine, adventure, hope and work.

INFLUENCE  what Irish people have done overseas and the extraordinary impact they have had in their adopted homelands. 

CONNECTION – celebration and connection with the Irish throughout the world, where visitors can also share their own stories.

Visitors can discover their own heritage too at EPIC Ireland’s Irish Family History Centre, operated by Eneclann, Ireland’s leading genealogical services provider. The Irish Family History Centre specialises in helping those seeking to learn more about their ancestry by offering an innovative and engaging service, including the latest DNA testing. There are expert genealogists on hand for one-to-one advice and assistance with searches for personal records online.

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EPIC Ireland is the creation of businessman Neville Isdell, a member of the Irish diaspora himself, and whose parents left Ireland in the 1950s for Nothern Rhodesia (now Zambia). He said:

“Over the years I have thought about what might be the best way to tell the stories of Irish people with different backgrounds who had left these shores and made a unique mark upon the world. We have the answer in the vaults of The CHQ Building, told in a 21st century manner with the latest digital technology, amazing interactivity plus world-class ideas and design all put together through incredibly hard work.  In a flash of eighteen months EPIC Ireland has come, magnificently, to life.’’

Ticket prices range from €8 for children to €16 for adults, with discounts available for families, groups, pensioners, students and the unwaged. Children under 6 go free. For more information, click here.

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