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Ireland’s EPIC response to Covid-19

Distance may divide us, but it’s always brought us together, The Irish Emigration Museum, May 2020

Help us write Ireland’s next chapter, share your Covid-19 stories and be part of our next exhibition

As an emigrating nation, we’ve always been separated by lands, seas and oceans. Despite this, we’ve done alright… we’ve become politicians and scientists; we’ve invented colour photography and submarines. There’s always been a collective movement whether in Bandon or Boston to contribute; to the local community, county and country – wherever we may find ourselves.

With Covid-19 stopping us in our tracks, we’re seeing that Irishness shine through. As we move onto the next chapter of Ireland’s story, we want you to share your stories from around the world for an exhibition that celebrate the #EPICIrish who are making a difference.

How our Covid-19 story collection project works?

As a storytelling museum, EPIC wants to build a collection of stories that show how the Irish diaspora, and their descendants, are helping their communities during the global Covid-19 pandemic.

If you have a great Covid-19 story, use the online form below to submit your story narrative, as well as audio clips, video, and/or photographs.

Our team will review all submissions, and selected stories may be featured on our website and social media platforms. All stories collected in 2020 will be reviewed by our museum curator for an exhibition in 2021.

What makes a good story?

No one can be certain of when these uncertain times will come to a close. As a story-telling museum, EPIC is hoping that we can collectively document the impact of the Irish world-wide during the crisis. These stories will form a new chapter in our nation’s story.

Your story could be informed by a special personal experience, an anecdote about family life, or a story about your town or community or someone who has made a significant difference to the lives of others during the crisis.

Don’t just tell us what happened. Talk about how it made you feel. Add photos and audio or video clips to enhance your story. And, be sure to include the names of any places that are important in your story.

Help us by sharing your Covid-19 story today!

Looking for some inspiration?

Any story that celebrates the difference Irish people at home and abroad are making in response to COVID-19. We are inspired by Dr. Mike Ryan’s calm but consistently brilliant rallying cries, Irish medics travelling thousands of miles to come home to work, and so many other kind and supportive acts. Have a look at our video above for further ideas on the types of Covid-19 stories we’re looking for.

Important notes and guidelines for submissions

All decisions about the inclusion of submitted stories are at the sole discretion of the EPIC curatorial team. Submission of your story via our online form does not guarantee inclusion in the exhibition or publication on our website. You will be notified by email of the status of your submission after the EPIC curators have reviewed and processed your story.

We cannot consider submissions of story materials that include full names, photographs, or other personally identifiable information of children who are currently under the age of 18, unless you are the parent or legal guardian of the child/children.

You may also choose to obtain the permission of any other people who appear in a photograph or video that you include in your story and keep a copy of their consent in your personal records. Consent can be obtained either in written form, or via video recording.

You should not submit content that is off-topic, partisan-political, contains expletives or personal attacks, or is otherwise unlawful, threatening, abusive, discriminatory, defamatory, obscene, false, pornographic, or that infringes on the rights of any third party.

Submit Your Story Here

Stay-at-Home Library: https://dublin.epicchq.com/stay-at-home

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