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Dunbrody Famine Ship

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  • Name: Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Address: New Ross, Co. Wexford
  • Phone Number: 051 425240
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The Dunbrody famine ship is lcated alongside the New Ross docks in County Wexford, and is a full scale reconstruction of a 19th Century famine ship and authentic replica of the three masted barque built in Quebec in 1845 for the Graves family of New Ross. The Visitor Experience provides a unique insight into a period of history which shaped modern day Ireland and America. You will view a short audio visual presentation which gives the historic background to the Great Famine and explains why so many people were forced to emigrate on sailing ships like Dunbrody to America.

You will then follow in the footsteps of a group of Famine emigrants as you board the Dunbrody, whereby a ticket is issued as if it were 1849 and this allocates your space and food rations for the voyage ahead. You will explore the ship, fitted out exactly as it would be for a voyage. You will encounter actors, playing the role of emigrants, in their very cramped quarters with their meagre possessions, fleeing as they are a worse catastrophe, and they will tell you their harrowing stories of being forced to emigrate. A member of the crew will tell you the story of other voyages and all about life on board a sailing ship. This authentic recreation, with its actors, sound effects and smells, will transport you back in time. Please note that the total length of tour is approximately 50 minutes and has full Disabled Access.