From left US businessman Donald R. Keough, former Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of The Coca-Cola Company and current Chairman of the Board of Allen & Company Incorporated, Sean Connick Kennedy Trust chairman, Niell O’Dowd assistant editor Irish America magazine and Sean Riedy CEO. Photo Mary Brown.

Photo Mary Browne
Photographed at the Irish America Hall of Fame in the Dunbrody Centre New Ross, Co.Wexford, Ireland today were from left US businessman Donald R. Keough, former Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of The Coca-Cola Company and current Chairman of the Board of Allen & Company Incorporated, Sean Connick Kennedy Trust chairman, Niell O’Dowd assistant editor Irish America magazine and Sean Riedy CEO.
 
 
US businessman Donald Keough makes a private visit Dunbrody’s visitor centre dedicated to Ireland’s History of Emigration in New Ross 
 
 
 
US businessman Donald R. Keough, former Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of The Coca-Cola Company and current Chairman of the Board of Allen & Company Incorporated, made a private visit, today, (Thursday, 15th September 2011) to the Dunbrody’s National Centre for Emigration History, to unveil a plaque dedicated to his great grandfather Micheal Keough, a native of New Ross. Co Wexford.
 
 
Commenting on the visit of, Donald Keough, Sean Reidy, Chief Executive of the Dunbrody National Centre for Emigration History said: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Donald Keough to our visitor centre today as we dedicate the departure area of our exhibition to memory and vision of Donald’s great grandfather Micheal Keough.  We wish to warmly acknowledge Donald’s contribution to our emigration project and thank him for his ongoing kindness and support.”
 
 
Donald Keough is also featured in the Irish / American Hall of Fame.
 
 
This new state of the art visitor centre was officially opened in July 2011 by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Dr Leo Varadkar TD and Entertainer, Michael Flatley. The centre has been constructed in a brand new, 1500 square metre space in a custom built visitors centre, located on the Quayside of the river Barrow in New Ross and next to the hugely popular Dunbrody Famine Ship. This new world class interactive immigration experience has been cleverly integrated with the Dunbrody Famine Ship.
The new purpose built visitor centre will allow the visitor travel on an historical thought provoking one way sea going journey in famine times. The experience begins Quayside with the authentic recreation of the New Ross of the 1840s. Here the passenger will join fellow travellers paying for their journey. These fellow emigrants will tell of their life stories and their hopes for a new life in America. Various audio and visual displays capture the atmosphere of a passenger stepping onboard Dunbrody and setting sail for the New World, America.
Onboard the authentically recreated ship , you will encounter re-actors telling their stories of being forced to emigrate to seek a better life , and experience the sights , smells and sounds of a Famine Ship crossing the Atlantic Ocean in the 1840’s. The passenger then arrives in North America; here the emigrant witnesses the impact Irish emigrants have had on American life and culture. The centre piece of this exhibition is the Irish America Hall of Fame which  celebrates and honours the lives, works and achievements of noted Irish individuals such as, President John F Kennedy and the Kennedys, Henry Ford, President Clinton, and Grace Kelly, to name but a few.
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ENDS
 
Please note:
Sean Reidy, Chief Executive of the Dunbrody Famine Ship is available for interview:
Mobile number: 0872713776 Email: [email protected]
 
Editor’s notes
The Dunbrody Famine Ship is a full scale reconstruction of a 19th Century famine ship and authentic replica of the three masted barque built in Quebec in 1845 for the Graves family of New Ross. On the Dunbrody one walks in the footsteps of a group of Irish famine emigrants on their journey of hope across the Atlantic Ocean. Go below deck and one enters the confined spaces, which would be home for passengers and crew for the forty five day voyage. Descend in to the cargo hold, where the exhibition describes the endurance, struggle and triumph over adversity of those 19th Century emigrants as epitomised by the story of the most famous emigrant sons of New Ross, President John F. Kennedy. A computer database of ship’s passengers records list over two million individual passages, while audio visual and interactive displays trace the amazing success stories of the Kennedy’s, Commodore John Barry, Henry Ford, Eugene O’Neill and many others. The visitor centre was constructed at a cost of €2.6 million, €1.88 million of which was provided under the National Development Plan, administered by Failte Ireland on behalf of the Department of Tourism
 
For further information please contact:
Paul Allen:  087 257 5700 / 01 676 9575
Paul Allen & Associates,
4 Upper Mount Street,
Dublin 2
 

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