The Grand Opening of Your Huddled Masses
A captivating exhibition on Ireland and America’s rich shared history.
By Eglantine Ponse
The official opening of our summer show took place on Friday the 21st of June. This new exhibition aims to tell the story of the Irish immigration to the United States. It also highlights the cultural Irish heritage in America, from St Patrick’s Day to Hollywood star, Maureen O’Hara.
Many people came to the opening to discover or rediscover the events that make up Irish-American history. Particularly active members attended as Brendan Landers and Dara Neary, former publishers of Ireland’s Eye, an Irish magazine in the U.S.
Our special guest, Thomas Putnam, director of the JFK Library and Museum of Boston, gave a speech from the same lectern used by JFK 50 years ago at the Oirechtas. Just as the young U.S president did, Mr Putnam quoted James Joyce who described “the Atlantic as a bowl of bitter tears”.
This event serves as a very symbolic exchange between our two nations.
You are very welcome to visit us and enjoy this new exhibition on the ground floor of The Little Museum of Dublin.
We hope to see you soon!
Photos by Katie Rush.