It’s circa 1849, blighted potato crops in Ireland have failed yet again and the Great Famine that will kill one million people in just seven years is well under way.
On the quayside at New Ross poignant scenes of departure have unfolded, before you board the replica three-masted barque of The Dunbrody that once offered escape.
You follow in the footsteps of lucky survivors to the Arrivals Hall, to discover further struggles ahead for these new immigrants to North America. There are surprises.
For many forged successful lives and you find notable descendants in The Irish America Hall of Fame, the story of poverty-to-power rise epitomised by US President John F Kennedy: his great-grandfather sailed from New Ross in 1848 and The Kennedy Homestead is still nearby at Dunganstown.
Proud descendants of people you have never heard of have also inscribed their ancestors’ names on the Irish Emigrant Wall of Honour beside The Dunbrody.