EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum & The chq Building

At EPIC, which was awarded Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards three years in a row, discover Ireland from the outside in and find out why saying “I’m Irish” is one of the biggest conversation starters, no matter where you are. EPIC tells the moving and stories of those who left the island of Ireland, and how they influenced and shaped the world. EPIC embraces the past and the future with 1,500 years of Irish history and culture housed in the atmospheric vaults of The chq Building. EPIC is a place where Irish stories are told in an exciting, vibrant and interactive way. When you visit, you don’t just read about history, you get fully immersed and experience this breath-taking story in state-of-the-art interactive galleries, complete with touch screens, motion sensor quizzes and a feast of powerful audio and video that bring Irish Stories to life. EPIC is much more than just a museum. It’s a story of the Irish leaving our shores, but never leaving their Irishness behind.

The genealogy service at EPIC is provided by The Irish Family History Centre who are the world standard in Irish Genealogical Research. The experts can help visitors trace their family tree – from expert advice and online educational resources to commissioned professional research, we’re here to help you unearth your Irish roots.

President Higgins has congratulated EPIC “for its role in highlighting Ireland’s emigrant experiences, its causes and consequences, and its relevance to the stories of those who are, today, escaping marginalisation, poverty and conflict. As a society, we are deeply grateful to EPIC for keeping the memory of our shared past alive.”

The chq Building

An industrial masterpiece and a Grade One protected structure spanning just over 8,000 sq. m. The chq Building was built in 1820 as a bonded warehouse to store large and valuable cargos of tobacco, tea and spirits. The building has since been transformed into a social cultural hub with eateries, shops and an event space alongside an emigration museum and the digital startup hub Dogpatch Labs. As an additional draw to Dublin, a Food Market and a large event space are currently being considered with planning permission already secured.

Aileesh Carew

Aileesh Carew is CEO & Museum Director of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and is a member of the ITIC Council.