Titanic: Window on Emigration
Set in the context of European emigration, Titanic: Window on Emigration explore the stories of the Irish passengers who travelled on Titanic. The exhibition uncovers the stories of steerage passengers, why they left for America and what happened to many of the 40 Irish survivors.
Among the fascinating stories is that of Helen Shine Callaghan from Cork, the grandmother of the Democratic politician and current Speaker of New York City Council, Christine Callaghan Quinn, who is expected to launch a campaign to become the first female mayor of New York in 2013.
Helen, a 20 year-old who described herself as a servant from County Cork when immigration officials came aboard Carpathia, the ship which rescued people from Titanic after she sank, later married a New York firefighter, John Callaghan, and lived until 1993. A picture of Christine Callaghan Quinn with her mother and grandmother is one of many featured in the exhibition.
Titanic: Window on Emigration also tells the story of the only third class passenger on Titanic from Northern Ireland. Thomas Morrow from Rathfriland boarded the ship at Queenstown and died in the sinking. A Worshipful Master of the Drumlough Loyal Orange Lodge, Thomas was going to join his brother who worked on a ranch in Canada.
The stories of three County Cavan girls who survived the tragedy are also featured - Mary McGovern, Julia Smyth and Kate Connolly shared a cabin on the ship. Kate became a live-in maid for a New York family. She later invested in property and by 1926 owned several apartment buildings. Mary McGovern returned to Ireland in 1920 where she married and raised a family.
Exhibition highlights include 300 original artefacts including examples of Edwardian costume like those worn by third class passengers as well as jewellery and personal items from the era. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a recreation of a typical third class cabin on board Titanic.
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Directions to Ulster American Folk Park
The Ulster American Folk Park is located 5 miles north of Omagh on the main A5 road between Omagh and Strabane.