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The Irish America Hall of Fame and Savannah at The Dunbrody Famine Ship
2019 – Development of the Savannah Landing Point exhibition
The Savannah Landing Point exhibit was part funded by major tourism related companies in Savannah, along with Wexford Local Development funding and depicts what Irish immigrants would have experienced when they arrived in Savannah in the 1840s and 1850s.
It is located at the end of the tour, just before visitors arrive at the Irish America Hall of Fame. Visitors get their ticket for Savannah as they enter the tour. When exiting the vessel, they arrive in a gangway.
The exhibit has brought the whole exit area to life. Panels along the walkway wall from the ship into the centre give details of the city's growth as a thriving port for cotton and timbre. In a bright smart room visitors are greeted by a clerk and an interactive touch screen where visitors can read about 12 Wexford people who made significant contributions to life in Savannah, including Dr Richard Joseph Nunn and The Angel of Andersonville, Fr Peter Whelan who became the sole administrator of the entire parish of Savannah. There is a stereoscope showing 3D images of Savannah in the 1800s and panels on the main industries that buoyed the local economy.
The project consisted in the design of a new visitor experience including the remodelling of the space and visitor flow into a themed Savannah, Georgia, courtyard complete with house fronts and paving. Although much smaller in value, we selected this project because the skillsets necessary to complete the task apply to the Shackleton project. Mirador developed the concept and detailed design and brought the project to full completion with its own in-house tradesmen providing 20% of the build (media-related elements) complemented by outside contractors (demolition, flooring and set build). Mirador managed the contractors throughout the project lifecycle.
Following the Savannah exhibit visitors move on to the Hall of Fame.
2017 – Development of The Irish America Hall of Fame
The Irish America Hall of Fame and Savannah at The Dunbrody Famine Ship Founded in 2010 in celebration of Irish America magazine’s 25th anniversary, the Irish America Hall of Fame honors the extraordinary achievements of Irish-American leaders, from their significant accomplishments and contributions to American society to the personal commitment to safeguarding their Irish heritage and the betterment of Ireland. The Irish America Hall of Fame is housed at the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross, Co. Wexford and was design & built by Mirador Media in the summer of 2017. The exhibition comprises of the Hall of Fame itself which consists of portraits in print and interactive format of almost 50 inductees including Maureen O'Hara, John F Kennedy, Walt Disney, Henry Ford and Eileen Collins amongst others but visitors are also invited to put themselves on the map in an innovative display which maps out those visitors whose ancestors are Irish. The John F Kennedy section also includes a projection of his famous New Ross speech and footage of his visit to his ancestral home close to New Ross.