Relive the Emigrant's Story

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Passenger ticket in hand, pass the Emigrant Flame on the quayside in New Ross and board the Dunbrody Famine Ship to hear the fate of its passengers and about life aboard a famine ship.
Centred on an authentic reproduction of a 1840’s Emigrant Vessel, the Dunbrody Visitor Centre also houses world-class themed exhibits, and the Irish America Hall of Fame. On board our tour guides will explain the harshness of conditions on the voyage. Costumed performers play the roles of famine emigrants, and bring the experience to life.

At the end of the tour our Arrivals Hall will show you the fate awaiting those who survived the trip.
In a nearby village, The Kennedy Homestead shares the legacy of one such emigrant family.

The Kennedy Homestead, birthplace of President John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather Patrick Kennedy, celebrates the story of five generations of the Kennedy dynasty and is still today farmed by his descendants.

The Kennedy Homestead, a unique cultural museum is dedicated to “the Kennedys who went away and the Kennedys who stayed behind” and plays a vital part in the continued preservation of the Kennedy legacy in Ireland.
In Wicklow Gaol, the characters you meet from the 18th century share their tales of the desperate deeds and harsh punishments of this tragic era.  Wicklow Gaol tells the story of its prisoners through an interactive tour led by experienced and passionate actor guides.
Hangman at Wicklow Gaol
Actor on the desks
Left: Hangman at Wicklow Gaol Right: Dunbrody Famine Ship
Explore the picturesque town of Cobh, where tales of convict ships in Cobh Heritage Centre and the story of Annie Moore – the first immigrant ever processed on New York’s Ellis Island – are shared. This beautiful, informative and sometimes emotive cultural Centre is inventively situated within Cobh’s restored Victorian railway station, a building holding its own historic story.
Because so many people from Ireland’s past travelled through Cobh, one of the world’s finest natural harbours, visitors can learn about the stories of these emigrants. Over 3 million Irish people emigrated from this port, many to leave because of the Great famine, many in search of a new life in a land of opportunity, and many more who left involuntarily as convicts to Australia or as forced labour to the colonies and the West Indies.

The Queenstown Story relays the stories about the maritime, naval and military history of the area, the fortification of the various forts in the harbour such as Hawlbowline, Spike Island, and Fort Camden and takes you on an emigration journey from the 1600’s right through to the 1950’s.

The Queenstown Story will give our visitors a glimpse into our past and the hardships that those early emigrants endured. Throughout the exhibition there are individual stories to be found such as that of Jeremiah Burke and the message in the bottle from Titanic, Margaret Drury and her voyage on a convict ship to Australia and of course Fr. Frank Browne and the photos he took while on board Titanic. Take a walk in the footsteps of our ancestors, find stories that will fire your imagination.
Actors dressed as Titanic passengers
Actors dressed as Titanic passengers
The Titanic Experience reveals the fate of the final 123 passengers who boarded the cruise liner in April 1912.
When you arrive, check-in with us at reception and let us tell you the story of those 123 passengers.

Upon check-in you will receive your boarding card. Your boarding card will have the details of one of the 123 passengers who came to the White Star Line Ticket Office on Thursday April 11th 1912.
These were the final passengers to join Titanic at her last port of call in Queenstown, Ireland. (Cobh was renamed Queenstown from the period of 1849-1921 in honour of Queen Victoria’s visit to Cobh and so we refer to Cobh as Queenstown for much of our story.)

Your personal tour-guide will take you on a virtual journey to board the tenders and join Titanic for her maiden voyage to New York. Along this journey you will view the original pier also known as Heartbreak Pier, which was the last point of land contact for the Queenstown passengers.

During your visit, you will experience life aboard Titanic and learn a little about the conditions on board for third and first class passengers. When disaster strikes, you will experience the chill of the sinking, through a unique cinematographic experience.
The guided element of our tour lasts 30 minutes after which you will be free to explore our exhibition area. Here you can interact with a collection of audio visual presentations and story boards exploring the events that led to the tragic sinking. You will also learn about the role of RMS Carpathia in the rescue of the survivors, the outcome of the formal British and US enquiries into the tragedy, the discovery of the wreck and lots lots more…
Did you survive? The final element of the experience located in the story room, is where you will learn the fate of you as a passenger and all the Queenstown passengers.

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