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Ulster American Folk Park

The Emigrants Farewell

St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday 17 March

- , Sat 17 Mar 2018

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The Emigrants Farewell

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Countless thousands of people left Ireland in the 18th & 19th Centuries. For many, the hours before departure became known as the ‘American or Living Wake’ when the family gathered to bid a sad farewell to the departing emigrant. This dramatic re-enactment will take place at Midday & 2.00pm. 

The theme for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be ‘The Emigrants Farewell’ and will commemorate the thousands of Irish people who left Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries in the search of a better life in America.

Knowing they would never see their loved ones again, the hours before departure became known to many people as the ‘American or Living Wake’ when the family gathered to bid a sad farewell to the departing emigrant and toasted them good fortune.

Dramatic performances of a typical Living Wake from the 1850s will take place at 12noon and 2pm. The stories will be told through music and song and help to convey the bittersweet moments of goodbye between families as their loved boarded the ship to journey to their new life.

Standard admission rates apply.

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