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What Did You Take With You When You Left Ireland?
The Limerick School of Art and Design is embarking on a venture to find out what items Irish people have taken with them as emigrants from 1850 onward.
The college is looking for people’s help as they examine the material goods Irish people have considered important enough to take with them on their journeys all over the globe.
The project is influenced by an exhibit at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum called Treasures From Home, which features donations from ancestors of material goods emigrants brought with them to America.
People can leave comments and photos on the Facebook page for the Limerick project, like the image below:
Steve Mathieson-Medrano posted the following on the Facebook wall:
So far I have everything from Taytos and teabags to pebbles, sand and soil, also tools, clothes and bedding. Rosary beads, crosses and prayer books etc. As well as straw from a thatched cottage and stones from hearths, walls etc. Sadly I also have empty boxes for the ones who had nothing and those who died on thier way.
The project organisers are also interested in finding out how trends have changed over the years.
The recent rise in emigration from Ireland allows the project to contrast and compare the artifacts of the past with the present.
What are emigrants today bringing away with them? What did they bring away 100 years ago, or 20 years ago? If you or your family or friends emigrated, did you bring very practical things only, to help you in your new life? Did you bring personal things that reminded you of certain people or places or activities? Did you bring local material or goods that you crave when you are away? If you left Ireland to live in another country, please let us know!
Find out more about the project by visiting the Facebook page here.