20–22 April 2021
Ports, Past and Present is proud to present the first ever Rosslare Port Fest: a series of online discussions about and creative exploration of Rosslare’s heritage. Join us to find out more about Ports, Past and Present’s work in mapping and representing County Wexford’s coastal past, present and future, its connection with Rosslare and the Europort and its links with port communities on the other side of the Irish Sea. Find out how you can be more involved in discovering, exploring and promoting the port’s heritage. And throw yourself into one of our talks and workshops, where you will have the chance to explore this rich and dynamic heritage through stories, presentations and creative activities.
Tuesday 20th April
7pm – Story Telling, Story Sharing
Join three of the project’s creative practitioners as they share their work and their stories. And then, share your stories with them. We are looking for your stories of Rosslare, what it means to you, what you think of when you think Rosslare. Tell us about the fairy fort, or the ghost ship or that time you missed the ferry. Anything you like, or just come along to listen.
Wednesday 21st April
4pm – Maritime dimensions
An interactive exploration of the rich marine heritage all around Ireland but with a special emphasis on Rosslare. This workshop will allow you interact with some amazing specimens. Suitable for nature lovers of all ages.
7pm – the future of Rosslare
A discussion of the plans for the development and growth of Rosslare in the face of large rapid changes. Taking part will be representatives from the port and from the village improvement committee.
Thursday 22nd April
4pm – Make your Rosslare Zine
A handmade six page booklet made using easy to find materials. If you book now, we will send you a print out in the post to use as as template. This event is suitable for teenagers and older. And more than one person from a home can take part together, so gather round the screen and make something together.
7pm – shared heritage across the sea
A roundtable featuring heritage groups and local activists from Rosslare, Pembroke Dock, Fishguard, Holyhead and Dublin. Coming together to talk about their work, the challenges they face and our deep shared heritage. An event for anyone with an interest in the ports, heritage work and community.
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.