Emigration Museum - Epic recognition

Irish Emigration Museum.

Ours is a small country with a vast history, a vital chunk of which is displayed and explained in Dublin at the EPIC Emigration Museum.

Opened a mere three years ago, it has been voted — in the international travel industry’s mostprestigious awards programme — as Europe’s leading tourist attraction for 2019, beating Rome’s Colosseum, the Eiffel Tower, and Buckingham Palace, all of which have been around somewhat longer.

The museum’s extra-special, award-winning element is its focus not only on the distressing causes of mass emigration but also on the stories of the 10m people who left this country to make new lives — and substantial contributions to society in science, industry, education, politics, and the arts — in lands far away across the oceans.

It honours, at long last, the Irish diaspora. It also shows what can be done — given imagination, talent, and skill — to maintain the vitality of a tourism industry that is now such a key part of our economy, bringing some €5bn a year in revenue and sustaining employment for some 200,000 people.

More on this topic

Tayto the king of foods 'most missed' by Irish emigrants

Dublin granny's quirky business set to wow at the Ploughing Championship

Hotelier to fund return trip for 80-year-old Jim

New list reveals 110 best cities in world for millennials and Dublin and Cork made the cut

More in this Section

How do you talk to children about murder?

Climate change proposals: Our survival depends on huge change

Tories choose Brexit over NI: True blues show true colours

Majella Moynihan was punished because we wanted her to be


Tracing the roots of folk and fairy lore behind everyday plants

More From The Irish Examiner