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Migrant Women – Shared Experiences

In this exhibition adventures and challenges as well as realities and rich diversity of life for migrants are explored.


Every migrant woman’s journey is unique, often similar experiences are shared. In this exhibition adventures and challenges as well as realities and rich diversity of life for migrants are explored.

Trailer for 'Migrant Women : Shared Experience' film showing in the exhibition gallery

Immigrant Women.

Today, migrant women are part of Ireland’s increasingly diverse society. This exhibition explores the rich traditions of eight women from around the world living in Mayo today. The women loaned objects for display in the exhibition. Through the medium of film they share the objects special meanings and insights into their lives.

Migrant women in front of the entrance of Turlough Park House

L-R: Sanita, Latvia. Natalya, Russia. Kany, Democratic Republic of Congo. Ela, Poland. Linda, Philippines. Say Law La Say & Phaw Shee, Karen of Burma-Myanmar. Abibmola, Nigeria. (Missing: Faith, Kenya).

Irish Emigrant Women

The experiences of young Irish emigrant women crossing the Atlantic to New York at the end of the 19th century is also explored in the exhibition.

Between 1883 and 1908, over 300,000 Irish women arrived at the Port of New York. The ‘Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary for the Protection of Irish Immigrant Girls’ assisted many of these women. The Mission opened in 1884 and by its silver jubilee in 1908 it reported that some 100,000 women passed through their doors.

The panels provided by Watson House in New York tell their story These are the women who became the mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers of Irish-America.

Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary, ca. 1904

Mission of Our Lady of the Rosary, ca. 1904. COLLECTION OF THE MISSION

Light in display cabinet in exhibition gallery

Mary Robinson's 'Light' - once displayed in the window of Áras an Uachtaráin on loan from the Mary Robinson Centre, Ballina, Co. Mayo. 

The ‘Light’ placed in the window of the Presidential home was a sign that all the people of Ireland including those who emigrated were cherished and remembered.  Robinson's ‘light’ has became an acclaimed symbol of an Ireland thinking about its emigrant sons and daughters around the world.  

This exhibition continues till June 2016.

Migrant Women Exhibition Panels

Migrant Women Exhibition Panels

Download the information panels from the exhibition.

Irish Emigration to America

Irish Emigration to America

It is estimated that over 6 million Irish people have emigrated to the US since 1820.

Irish Emigration to America - The Journey

Irish Emigration to America - The Journey

Discover the journey of Irish emigration to America.