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Ports, Past and Present Closing Event

April 26 - April 27

This closing event of the five-year Ports, Past and Present project takes place in University College Cork on the 26th and 27th April, 2023. The event will celebrate project outcomes including creative works, over 200 cultural heritage stories, and a new tourism business network. The project team will reflect on the power of heritage storytelling for cultural tourism, the importance of stakeholder engagement and the impact of Digital Humanities approaches in creating sustainable cultural tourism products.

The closing event will take place in Cork City, a port town located in one of the largest natural harbours in the world. As well as reflecting on project findings and futures, the closing event will consider the heritage of Cork as a port and seek to inform approaches to the interpretation of Cork’s multifaceted heritage through lessons learned during the delivery of Ports, Past and Present.

Ports, Past and Present has been a cross-border initiative between Higher Education Institutions in Wales and the Republic of Ireland, including University College Cork, Aberystwyth University, the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies/University of Wales Trinity St. David’s alongside a local authority, Wexford County Council, in the Republic of Ireland. The closing event includes presentations by the project team, along with papers by invited speakers from across Europe including Isabel Hofmeyer, Carola Hein, Lukas Hoeller, Porscha Fermains, Aisling Ward, Deirdre Cole, Gillian O’Brien, Tom Spalding, Finola O’Kane, and John Hegarty.

Wednesday 26th April

Mary Ryan Room, O’Rahilly Building

Thursday 27th April

Mary Ryan Room, O’Rahilly Building

10.00 Tourism futures 10.00 Mapping port histories and futures
11.30 Ports and their dark pasts 11.30 Creative ports
13.30 Historic port landscapes 13.00 Ports Past and Present Session
15.00 Ports Past and Present session 14.30 Ports Past and Present Session
16.30 Harbour event 15.30 Ports, Past and Present Plenary
18.00 Reception at Centre for Executive Education, Lapp’s Quay, Cork city 16.30 Future Funding Discussions


April 26
April 27


University College Cork
Western Road
Cork City, Cork Ireland
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Ports, Past and Present is a project led by University College Cork in partnership with Aberystwyth University, the University of Wales Trinity St David and Wexford County Council examining the cultural heritage of the ports in the Irish sea basin. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme.

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