• Cyril McAree

EPIC Announces Dr Patrick Greene As New Museum Director And CEO

EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum based in Dublin’s Docklands has announced Dr J. Patrick Greene OBE, FSA as its new Museum Director and CEO starting in September 2019. Earlier this month EPIC was voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the 26th annual World Travel Awards, Europe’s most prestigious global travel industry accolade. With extensive experience in the museum, cultural heritage and tourism sectors, Patrick was a Director of the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester from 1983 - 2002. From 2002 he was CEO of Museums Victoria for over 15 years which went on to become the largest and most-visited encyclopedic museum in Australia comprising Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks Museum, Immigration Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building world heritage site. Currently, Patrick works as a consultant in the fields of cultural heritage and tourism and has published numerous papers on archaeological, cultural heritage and management topics.

Neville Isdell, Founder of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, said, “I’m delighted that Patrick will be taking on this new role. Under his leadership, the work EPIC does for its visitors, for the Irish diaspora and with the Irish State Departments will undoubtedly grow in significance. His broad knowledge of the museum world, his commitment to community involvement and his leadership abilities - not to mention his warmth and energy - make him the perfectly well-rounded director to lead EPIC into its next exciting chapter serving the museum’s visitors and the Irish community both at home and abroad. I would like to applaud Mervyn Greene and his team for the very strong foundations they have put in place since we opened in 2016, which led to EPIC being awarded Europe’s Leading Visitor Attraction 2019 at the recent World Travel Awards. Mervyn will continue to work as Managing Director of CHQ (where EPIC is based) and focus on our significant development plans for the building.” Speaking about his new role Patrick, whose father emigrated from Co Clare before World War II, said, “I am honoured to lead EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum at a defining moment in the life of this exceptional and young institution. I look forward to building on the solid foundation established by my predecessor, working with the museum’s talented team, the Dublin community and the diaspora at large to continue to champion the story of emigration, and chart the path to deeper, more meaningful audience engagement. We will work together to realise fully EPIC’s mission and to continue the exceptional growth in visitor numbers.” Patrick is a former Chair of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors and is currently Chair of the Australian National Cultural Heritage Committee and the Atlas of Living Australia Advisory Board. He is a past President of the Museums Association (UK) and past Chairman of the European Museum Forum. Before moving to Australia, he was Chair of the Expert Panel (museums, libraries and archives) of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Patrick is a Fellow of the Museums Association (UK), the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Tourism Society. Patrick will be moving to Ireland from Australia with his wife and son and will formally start with EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum from September 1, 2019. About EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum:

● EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is a state-of-the-art interactive experience located in the CHQ Building at one of Dublin’s most historic locations by the banks of the River Liffey in Dublin’s Docklands, the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. Featuring personal stories of love, triumph, adventure and adversity, it highlights and celebrates the positive impact and influence of Irish emigrants around the world. ● The museum tells the story of the Irish diaspora across the globe, the impact they have had, and the contributions and influence they have made globally ● The museum was opened by Mary Robinson in May 2016 and was designed by Event Communications, the award-winning designers of Titanic Belfast ● EPIC was voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2019 at the 26th annual World Travel Awards, Europe’s most prestigious global travel industry accolade. The World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2019 was held at Belmond Reid’s Palace Madeira, Portugal on 8th June 2019. Listed in TripAdvisor’s Top 5 Museums in Ireland. National Geographic Travel describe EPIC as “a high-tech treasure… simply too good of a story to miss”. ● The family friendly museum caters to visitors of all ages with easy to use technology and stories that will fascinate all age groups ● The museum welcomes 300,000 visitors a year from both Ireland and abroad

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