The Departure

Dunbrody Famine Ship

Stepping back in time, you will make your way towards the Quay in New Ross circa 1849. Approaching the ‘William Graves & Son’ ticket office, our visual presentations will set the scene of a country in crisis. With potato crops failing and food prices soaring, more than a million people are forced to leave their homes for an uncertain future abroad.
As you await your departure you will overhear the conversations of fellow emigrants: a couple quarreling over what to pack, a young man reading aloud a letter from his brother in Detroit.

Before boarding, our audio-visual will further dramatise the plight of these brave and desperate travelers.