Cultural Spotlight #20 The Irish Diaspora

June 21, 2016

EPIC Ireland is Dublin’s extraordinary new visitor attraction and museum. It is a permanent exhibition dedicated to commemorating Ireland’s history of migration and celebrating the influence her diaspora have had on the world. This state-of-art immersive and interactive experience brings to life the stories of over 300 people who were either born in Ireland or have Irish ancestry, to create a moving and joyous experience for all visitors.

For more information, ticket prices and opening times please visit the website here; EPIC IRELAND



The Irish Diaspora (Irish: Diaspóra na nGael) refers to Irish people and their descendants who live outside Ireland. Since the 1700’s between 9 /10 million people born in Ireland have emigrated. This is more than the population of Ireland at its historical peak in the 1840s of 8.5 million.


The term ‘Irish Diaspora’ appears in a 1954 book ‘The Vanishing Irish’, but it was not until the 1990’s – mainly thanks to President Mary Robinson – that the phrase came to be more widely used to describe Irish emigrants and their descendants around the world.

Emigration has been a constant theme in the development of the Irish Nation and has touched the lives of people in every part of Ireland. The economic and social prosperity of the country has been affected positively, through monies sent home from abroad, and negatively, through the loss of so many talented young Irish people. A great debt is owed to all Irish emigrants who have contributed so much to the growth of the country of their birth. Irish emigrants have also had an enormous impact on the development of the countries in which they settled. Through work and social integration, they have brought great credit to themselves and have enhanced the reputation of their homeland in almost every corner of the globe. Estimating the size of the Irish Diaspora worldwide is a difficult task and it is not easy to decipher how the much-repeated figure of 70 million, of Irish descent, is arrived at.




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