Epic Ireland is the dramatic 21st Century visitor experience telling the authentic and epic story of 10 million journeys and the roots of 70 million people
Epic Ireland is the dramatic 21st Century visitor experience showcasing the unique journey of the Irish people around the world through the ages, centrally located in the beautiful vaults of the 1820 CHQ building. Through 21 remarkable galleries, using cutting-edge interactive technologies, visitors explore the many tales of migration, the forces that have driven it, and the impact that it has had on the world. This is the authentic and epic story of 10 million journeys and the roots of 70 million people, told with memorable style and passion.
Epic Ireland is a "must see" visit in any tour of Dublin and Ireland. It is located in the heart of Dublin, at Custom House Quay on the River Liffey, the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants.
Housed in the iconic chq building, an historic stone and iron warehouse, built in 1820, this state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the epic story of the Irish people’s dispersal throughout the world over the ages. Visitors are taken on a journey that starts on the island of Ireland and ends with the global presence of the Irish today. Running through this journey is the question: what does it mean to be Irish?
EPIC Ireland occupies over 40,000ft2 / 3,716m2 of the landmark chq building. The exhibition is spread across 21 galleries and brings to life the story of Ireland’s communities overseas - past, present and future – in a way that is highly entertaining, engaging and educational. EPIC Ireland is a recommended first stop for visitors to Ireland as it captures an authentic and widely encompassing picture of the history of Ireland and the Irish nation. It acts as a ‘jumping off’ point for visitors and locals alike, suggesting onward connections to other centres and museums where visitors can follow-up particular areas of interest in more detail.
Visitors begin their journey by receiving a stamped passport as they enter the exhibition. They will follow a path through the 21 remarkable galleries organised into four thematic groups:
Migration: an introduction to Ireland and the arrivals and departures that have shaped it
Motivation: why people left Ireland – the stories of adventure and tragedy
Influence: what Irish people did overseas, and the extraordinary influence they have had in their adopted homelands in politics, business, science, sport and the arts
Connection: where the Irish are now, and what they are doing in today’s highly connected world.
- Dramatic, state-of-the-art visitor experience which opened in May 2016
- The authentic story of Irish migration told for the first time
- Located in the vaults of the historic CHQ building, which dates from 1820
- Cutting edge technology designed by the award-winning team behind Titanic Belfast.
- 21 remarkable galleries covering four thematic groups.
Epic Ireland is located in Dublin City in the vaults of The chq Building which is an 8 minute walk from O’Connell Street and 10 minutes from Trinity College. Easy access from Dart, 3 minutes from Connolly Station, and the Luas red line stops at the north entrance to building at George's Dock.