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    Dunbrody ship to become centre for emigration history

    By Noreen Bowden | November 18, 2008

    The Dunbrody Visitor Centre will be transformed into a new national emigration history centre, thanks to a 1.88 million-euro grant under the National Development Programme.

    The New Ross Standard is reporting that the funding, provided by the Department for Arts, Sport and Tourism, will be used for the provision of additional exhibits and functions, including:

    • a genealogical facility
    • an exhibition of Ireland in the Famine times
    • a reconstruction of a New York streetscape
    • an Irish-American Hall of Fame

    The Dunbrody ship was a nineteenth-century three-masted ship that brought emigrants from Ireland to North America during and after the Famine. A replica of the ship was built and dedicated in 2001, and is now moored at the New Ross quay.  The visitor’s centre currently offers a recreation of  the emigrant experience. The webiste also offers a searchable migration database featuring information from ships’ records.
    Commenting on the funding, Seán Reidy, JFK Trust CEO told the paper:

    Fáilte Ireland considers Dunbrody to be an iconic flagship attraction of the highest international standards and on this basis are willing to further invest in the project to bring it to an even higher level, making it a national centre celebrating the amazing achievements of the Irish diaspora.

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