Biarritz Airport…. Off to Dublin !
The EPIC « The Irish Emigration Museum »The EPIC « The Irish Emigration Museum »
“An experience like no other”
We visited the EPIC on Wednesday afternoon, October 3rd. It is a place of remembrance of the Irish dispersal in Dublin.
Migrations have been a reality for ages. Actually, Irish people fled their country for reasons such as starvation (The Great Famine 1845-1850), poverty, or the Civil War (20th century). Thousands and thousands of people left for many countries all around the world from America to Australia. Consequently, a lot of the Irish culture is everywhere in the world now.
We discovered so many things about emigration, such as the life of Columbanus who founded monasteries in France, and a sister who preferred teaching children in slums rather than in families of the elite. Among others, we can understand why they are seen like heroes.
Moreover, the Irish culture is also made of history, political events, music, sport, etc. Because of all these things, Irish culture has influenced many countries all over the world.
EPIC means ‘Every Person is connected.’ Learning about the historical background was so much pleasant and fun using new technology and computers. Actually, the sentence that we remember from this museum is “we all come from somewhere”.
This museum is truly a life lesson.
Sofia, Manon D, YAELLE, ELORRI
Easter Week of 1916
We went to the GPO (General Post Office) on Thursday morning, October 3rd. This building is a really important place as regards the history of Ireland and the independence process of the country.
During Easter Week of 1916 it became headquarters of the Irish resistance against the British army and the unionists. The building is like a stronghold made in granite with walls 4 meters thick. They were bulletproof, even against heavy caliber weapons like the big cannon the Brits used from the Liffey. The only weak point of that building was the roof made of wood, a less bulletproof material. Actually, the rebels chose that place as HQ because it looked like a good fortress. They kept on fighting for 6 the British authorities for 6 days, intending to claim independence. However the British forces were too many and more organized than the Irish. They used incendiary bombs to destroy the roof, which stopped the revolution immediately. Thus, all the leaders were captured and arrested.
Nevertheless, this revolution eventually pushed the Irish people to protest and led to the creation of the Republic of Ireland in 1948.
I really enjoyed getting so much about that part of the Irish history in this museum.