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Emigration

Emigration means leaving one's native country or region in order to settle in another.  So while much of the Folk Park’s collections reflect factors that influenced people to emigrate from Ireland, the museum also has a growing collection of material directly related to the process of emigration. This section introduces several of these objects.



Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Project Scottish Diaspora Tapestry Project
The Ulster American Folk Park and the Grange Quilters in Newtownstewart, County Tyrone have teamed up to participate in a project which sees communities from across the globe celebrate their Scottish heritage and culture on a series of embroidered linen panels. Enthusiasm for embroidery is univer...

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Mellon Centre for Migration Studies Mellon Centre for Migration Studies
Centre for
Migration StudiesAs part of your visit, you are welcome to explore our Centre for Migration Studies with its Irish Emigration Database and Library.CMS Opening timesOur Opening Hours are:Tues...

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Passage receipt Passage receipt
Booking receipt for James Dougherty and wife and three children for passage ‘on the first of September next’ on board the Chance bound to Quebec on paying the sum of seven pounds and ten shillings to David Grainger, 16 Donegall Quay, Belfast, August 4th 1837, per Thomas Danaghy. The ...

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Emigration Agents Leaflet Emigration Agents Leaflet
Leaflet advertising ‘emigration and booking agent’, John G. R. Porter, Royal Arms Hotel, Omagh, 1891. The leaflet was printed by Montgomery, Steam Printer, Omagh (get closer by clicking the images). Text of leaflet reads, ‘Emigration season 1891. John G.R. Porter, General E...

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Letter from Philadelphia to Omagh, County Tyrone Letter from Philadelphia to Omagh, County Tyrone
Letter from Jacob Rodgers, Philadelphia to Ross Huston, Omagh, County Tyrone, dated 19th March 1821. Jacob writes home with information on the wellbeing of family and friends encountered on his travels on horseback, and describes the economic climate of the time: ‘The promise I made you at...

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Shamrock Express booklet Shamrock Express booklet
Booklet on moving to England, entitled ‘The Shamrock Express’ by Father Eamonn Gaynor, published by the Furrow Trust, Maynooth in 1962. Father Gaynor spent two years working as chaplain to hundreds of Irish workers on a building site in the Midlands of England. Drawing on his experien...

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Maps Maps
In the National Schools of Ireland, geography was taught directly from maps. Children soon learned of lands far from Ireland. Early photographs of school interiors suggest that maps on school room walls were of English-speaking countries, to which the children ultimately emigrated. This section s...

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