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St Patrick's Festival Docklands Walking Tour and Family History Treasure Hunt

EPIC is proud to be part of this year's official St Patrick's Festival program, and to celebrate they are running a wide range of tours with Pat Liddy, talks by Turtle Bunbury and the Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society, and a free family event with the help of genealogy partners, the Irish Family History. The events take place from Friday 17th of March to Sunday 19th of March. Visitors who purchase tickets for the Guided Walks and/or talk with Turtle Bunbury can get a €5 discount off the price of admission to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.

The Irish Family History Centre has organized a free family event. Join the team for free Family History Treasure Hunt. The treasure hunts will run all through the St Patrick's Festival weekend, Friday 17th thru Sunday 19th March, beginning on the hour from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Knowing who you are and where you come from is something everyone should get excited about. Unearth your Irish roots in the most memorable way you can. All visitors will receive a complimentary prize at the end of their hunt to help you continue researching your Irish heritage. Explore your Irish roots, search for Irish ancestors, and discover your own unique family story.

EPIC have organized a special 75-minute walking tour of Dublin's historic docklands and port, led by the award-winning guide and historian, Pat Liddy. Spread throughout the 3 days there are 5 tours, starting late morning thru mid-afternoon. Of the tens of millions who, every year around the 17th of March, celebrate St Patrick's Day outside of Ireland, many are descendants of Irish men, women and children who left the country down the centuries. Join in an enjoyable yet evocative guided walk around the harbor walls and riverside installations where countless souls once boarded overcrowded vessels for the uncertain and the unknown. See wonders of the old port engineering and today's vibrant new Docklands and be moved by the replica 19th century sailing famine ship, the Jeannie Johnston, and the emaciated figures of the iconic Famine Memorial.

On Saturday, 18th March, listen to a special talk with best-selling author, historian, public speaker, and TV presenter, Turtle Bunbury. The author of 'Incredible Tales of the Irish Abroad' brings the audience on an extraordinary tour of the world through the eyes of remarkable Irish characters such as the Carlow-born intrepid explorer who was born without arms or legs, the Laois man who unveiled the Statue of Liberty, the Sligo woman who became the mistress of the King of Bavaria, and the Galway man who discovered Lake Tanganyika and translated the Kama Sutra.

Turtle's books include the Vanishing Ireland series, 'Easter Dawn: The 1916 Rising' and his latest bestseller, '1847: A Chronicle of Genius, Generosity and Savagery'. He is a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, The Financial Times and The Irish Times, along with television programs, Who Do You Think You Are? and Genealogy Roadshow.

Also, EPIC and The chq Building present a special free event by the Dublin Dock Workers Preservation Society, with guest speakers Joe Mooney and Ann Matthews, at the Galleria in The chq Building the afternoon of 18th March.