WHAT'S YOUR STORY? Museum asks emigrants to bring family name home to Ireland
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WHAT'S YOUR STORY? Museum asks emigrants to bring family name home to Ireland

A MUSEUM dedicated to the experience of emigration is calling on Irish people across the world to being their family name home.

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum has launched a new exhibition inviting people from all over the world to pay tribute to their Irish ancestors who emigrated, by adding their names to The Power Of A Name project.

Based in Dublin, the museum is asking for the names of ancestors and the details of their journey from Ireland to wherever they relocated, information which they will then display in an interactive exhibition showing the spread of Irish emigrant names throughout the world.

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum Power of a Name exhibition - Ella Roberts enters her family name into the exhibition

“Every emigrant who left Irish shores took one very important thing with them, something that gave them their strength, their identity, their power to change the world and something that they would pass on to future generations – their name,” the museum explains.

“By adding the names of people who moved from Ireland, EPIC is giving the millions of people of Irish descent an opportunity to reconnect their ancestor’s name with their homeland.”

Patrick Greene, CEO and Museum Director of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, added: “Every person who left Ireland is part of our emigration history.

“The life they started in a new country is part of the impact of the Irish abroad and this exhibition aims to pay tribute to them and spotlight a powerful part of their story - their name.”

He explained: “These journeys were not taken lightly and this exhibition marks the decisions they made to leave and celebrates the journeys they made and the lives they went on to build.”

The Power of a Name exhibition is now open at the museum, situated in the Connections gallery in EPIC.

Visitors can become part of the exhibition by adding their ancestors’ names onsite or they can add their name via the EPIC website.

As well as their names, the exhibition will include where they emigrated from and the year they left.