The Departure

Dunbrody Famine  Ship

The year is 1849 as you make your way towards the Quay in New Ross, Wexford.

Approaching the ‘William Graves & Son’ ticket office, our living emigration museum exhibition shows you a country in crisis. With crops failing and food prices soaring during the potato famine in Ireland, more than a million people are forced to leave their homes in a mass Irish emigration for an uncertain future abroad.

As you await your departure, you overhear conversations of fellow emigrants: a couple quarrelling over what to pack, a young man reading aloud a letter from his brother in Detroit.

Before boarding, our audio-visual gives you a special insight into the plight of these brave and desperate travellers.

Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience Overview

The Dunbrody Famine Ship is one of the premier tourist attractions in the South East of Ireland. Centred on an authentic reproduction of an 1840’s emigrant vessel, it provides a world-class interpretation of the famine emigrant experience.