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#Shipping - Five people were found in a shipping container in Wexford at the weekend, as BreakingNews.ie reports.

The three men, a woman and a young girl, all believed to be Kurdish, were discovered at a haulage yard in New Ross on Sunday evening (16 October) in a container thought to have come in on a ferry from Cherbourg to Rosslare Europort.

Gardaí said the five, who were in good health, are being detained under immigration law — and are claiming asylum due to persecution in their home region.

According to TheJournal.ie, New Ross is also where nine Kurdish refugees were found in the back of a truck after stowing away on a ferry from France to Rosslare this past February.

Published in Ports & Shipping

#JFKennedy50th- The Eternal Flame taken from the grave of former US President John F. Kennedy in Washington has arrived to Dublin Airport this morning and is to be transferred to the Naval Service in Dublin Port and carried by sea to New Ross, writes Jehan Ashmore.

This is the first time that the flame has been given permission to be taken from the Kennedy grave at Arlington National Cemetery, since the assassination of President Kennedy in June 1963.

A ceremony will be held later today when the flame is passed over from the Defence Forces to the Naval Service CPV coastal patrol vessel L.E. Orla (P41) which is berthed along Sir John Rogerson's Quay.

L.E. Orla is scheduled to depart Dublin Port mid-afternoon with the flame on board the CPV and taken to New Ross where the Wexford town is marking his 50th anniversary visit.

On Saturday, John F. Kennedy's daughters Caroline Kennedy and Jean Kennedy Smith will be guests of honour along the Quayside in New Ross accompanied by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and where they are to use the Eternal Flame to light the Emigrant Memorial beside the replica Dunbrody famine tallship.

The flame will also be brought to the Kennedy Monument in his ancestral homeland as a final act to mark the half-century anniversary.

 

Published in Navy

Three Sisters Marina at New Ross in County Wexford is on the River Barrow and it is New Ross Town Council facility. It is nine miles up river from the confluence of the Suir and Barrow and it is 18 nautical miles from the sea at Hook Head.

The marina is a modern 66 berth facility. The marina has electrical shore power, mains water toilets and shower facilities. Alongside the marina is a major lift-out facility catering for vessels up to 50 tonnes.

The Marina Manager: John Dimond. The Email: [email protected]
Phone: 086 3889652 or 051 421284

Published in Irish Marinas

#ANGLING - Strongs winds and heavy seas weren't enough to dampen the spirits of the anglers taking part in the Courtown Sea Anglers RNLI fundraising event last Sunday, the Gorey Guardian reports.

Top winner on the day in the shore angling competition at Kilgorman beach was James Ryan from New Ross, who hooked an impressive 24 fish - all of which went back in the water under catch-and-release rules.

Anglers from Galway, Belfast, Clare, Wicklow, Dublin, Waterford and across Wexford took part. It is hoped that more than €4,200 was raised to support the Courtown lifeboat.

Published in Angling
Tomorrow sees the official opening ceremony of Ireland's first visitor centre dedicated to the history of emigration.
The National Centre for Emigration History in New Ross, Co Wexford, which incorporates the Irish America Hall of Fame, will be opened by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadar, joined by famous Irish-American Michael Flatley.
Located on the quay side of the River Barrow next to the popular Dunbrody Famine Ship, the €2.6 million interative centre features a state-of-the-art exhibition on the story of Irish emigration, plus a genealogical resource for visitors hoping to trace their Irish heritage.

Tomorrow sees the official opening ceremony of Ireland's first visitor centre dedicated to the history of emigration.

The National Centre for Emigration History in New Ross, Co Wexford, which incorporates the Irish America Hall of Fame, will be opened by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadar, joined by famous Irish-American Michael Flatley. 

Located on the quay side of the River Barrow next to the popular tall ship Dunbrody, which commemorates the Great Famine, the €2.6 million interative centre features a state-of-the-art exhibition on the story of Irish emigration, plus a genealogical resource for visitors hoping to trace their Irish heritage.

Published in Tall Ships
The New Ross based replica famine sailing barque Dunbrody opened yesterday to visitors for the first time this year after completion of a refit, writes Jehan Ashmore.
Since November the 458-tonnes barque (see photo) has been under maintenance in the dry-dock at the New Ross Boat Yard. On Saturday morning she was eased out of the dry-dock and was moored opposite on the far bank of the River Barrow at the Marshmeadows berth. It was not until yesterday morning that she made the short distance upriver to return to her County Wexford 'homeport'.

A grant of €1m from Fáilte Ireland was allocated towards the cost of the refit as part of the National Development Plan (NDP). Visitors can now take guided tours of the floating tourist attraction though access to the shoreside visitor centre remains closed due to an upgrade. Work on an extension of a new exhibition centre is expected to be completed in May or June.

Dunbrody is a full scale reconstruction of the 19th century replica famine-ship based on the vessel built in 1845 in Quebec, Canada for the Graves family of New Ross. Ireland's most inland port being made famous with the visit of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 to the same quayside where Dunbrody is berthed.

To date the Dunbrody's presence outside her homeport has been scarce. During the Waterford Tall Ships Festival in 2005 she took part in a memorable and historic 'Parade of Sail' where she formed as part of the trio of Irish tall ships that met together for the only time. The sailing spectacle of the international fleet was headed firstly by the Irish trio with Asgard II leading followed by Dunbrody and astern the Jeanie Johnston.

In the following year Dunbrody made her maiden and only international voyage to Milford Haven in south Wales. The Pembrokeshire estuary had hosted the new festival, Seafair Haven. On that occasion she had the honour of leading another parade of sail, under the command of Captain Tom McCarthy.

Dunbrody was last dry-docked in 2006 and also at the New Ross boatyard which lies on the Co. Kilkenny side of the riverbank. The 176 foot / 54 metre barque was built in 2001 and was last vessel completed at the boatyard. During her building the public could access the yard and the construction process could be viewed from above at a gallery set within the covered building hall.

The structure no longer exists but which was built originally for the Ross Company boatyard during the 1970's. The yard specialised in building barge pontoons for markets in the North Sea until the premises closed in the 1980's. In recent years and under new management the dry-dock (75m X 15m) has been upgraded with a new gate and pump.

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As part of a festival to develop closer cooperation between Newfoundland and Ireland, New Ross in County Wexford is hosting a conference this Friday with a focus on Marine Leisure Infrastructure as a useful focus for both countries, with contributions from home based industry and Newfoundlanders.

Almost 50% of the Newfoundland population can trace their ancestry to South East Ireland. The two islands also share economic development challenges, providing opportunities for collaboration in the areas of fisheries, coastal tourism and local development.

In 2004, an annual festival was developed to facilitate closer cooperation between the two countries. The festival alternates between South East Ireland and Newfoundland consists of a series of 60 events over ten days including three formal conferences.

Ireland Newfoundland Festival of the Sea - Marine Leisure Conference

Friday, 24th September 2010, 9am - Brandon House Hotel, New Ross, Co. Wexford

9:00 Registration

9:30 – Introductions by Sean Reidy, CEO JFK Trust

- Welcome by John Dwyer, Chairman, New Ross Town Council

- Opening by Sean Connick, Minister of State, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry

- Special Guest: Dennis O'Keefe, Mayor of St. John's, Newfoundland

10:00 – Developing a Marine Leisure Infrastructure Strategy with Vicki O'Donnell, Coastal & Marine Resource Centre, University College Cork

11:00 Tea & coffee

11:15 Workshops

1) Estuary and cruising ground, facilities at harbours

Chaired by – Captain Phil Murphy, Kilmore Quay Harbour Office & Andy Careen, Southern Shore, Newfoundland

2) Community heritage interpretation

Chaired by - Declan Rice, CEO, Kilkenny Leader Partnership & Pat Curran, CEO, Irish Loop Development Board, Newfoundland

3) Marketing & packaging

Chaired by – Ethna Murphy, Fáilte Ireland & John Chidley, Ferryland, Newfoundland

12:30 Feedback chaired by David Minogue, Town Clerk, New Ross Town Council

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Boat trip to Duncannon (bus collection in Duncannon and on to Hook Lighthouse)

14:30 Bus trip to Kennedy Homestead, Duncannon and on to Hook Lighthouse

Almost 50% of the Newfoundland population can trace their ancestry to South East Ireland. The two islands also share economic development challenges, providing opportunities for collaboration in the areas of fisheries, coastal tourism & local development.

In 2004, an annual festival was developed to facilitate closer cooperation between the two countries. The festival alternates between South East Ireland & Newfoundland & consists of a series of 60 events over 10 days including 3 formal conferences.

Each festival has featured a conference on the marine sector & this year, 2010, New Ross is hosting a conference with a focus on Marine Leisure Infrastructure as a useful focus for both countries, with contributions from each country.

Past events of the Ireland Newfoundland Festival

2004
Hook Head Visit from the Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador & the Minister for Innovation
Newfoundland Irish representatives met with the Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador, & representatives of the Federal & Provincial Government as well as many communities in the Southern Avalon
Duncannon Visit from the Minister for Tourism of Newfoundland & Labrador
2005
Dunmore East Full Festival including Maritime Heritage conference with an Irish contribution from the Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, UCC
2006
Newfoundland Full Festival including Coastal Zone & Catchment Management conference with Irish contributions from: Dept of Marine; Eastern Regional Fisheries Board; Coastal & Marine Resources Centre, UCC & National Fishermen's' Association
2007
Kilmore Quay Full Festival including Fisheries & Coastal Communities conference with Irish contributions from: DG Fisheries & Maritime Affairs, European Commission; Marine Institute & BIM
2009
Newfoundland Full Festival including Fisheries conference with Irish contributions from local charter angling boats.

Published in Maritime Festivals

Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey T.D. today announced the launch of a national ports policy review with the publication of a consultation document. 

There are ten State commercial port companies established and operating pursuant to the terms of the Harbours Acts 1996 - 2009; Cork, Drogheda, Dublin, Dundalk, Dún Laoghaire, Galway, New Ross, Shannon Foynes, Waterford and Wicklow.

It is estimated that approximately 99% by volume of all goods traded into and out of Ireland are handled at our ports. Dublin Port is the State's biggest port handling approximately 44% of all tonnage in 2009. Cork and Shannon Foynes were the second and third biggest ports respectively in 2009.

Today's consultation document provides stakeholders with an opportunity to help shape future ports policy.

Speaking today Minister Dempsey said; "In 2005 our national Ports Policy Statement outlined national ports policy in a single document for the first time. Since then the commercial, technological, and regulatory environment in which Irish ports operate has changed dramatically, both domestically and globally. It is now time to carry out a review of this policy framework to ensure that our ports are properly positioned for the future.

Since 2005 our ports have experienced both record highs and more recently sharp declines in tonnage throughput. The ports face considerable challenges and it is important that national policy helps address these. The indications are that the country's return to economic growth will be export led. In this regard, it is vital that the ports are in a position to facilitate this and to make their contribution to improving national competitiveness.

I would encourage all interested parties to engage fully in this important consultation process."

The consultation document provides an overview of developments in the sector since 2005 and poses a number of questions on the continued validity and future direction of national ports policy.

Important issues addressed in the document include planning and funding future port developments, the role ports have to play in delivering the "Smarter Travel" agenda, competition within the sector and the corporate governance regime for port companies.

The public consultation period is scheduled to continue until Friday 29th October 2010.

The full Consultation Document is available for download below

To make a submission click HERE

Read Tom MacSweeney's Island Nation blog on the importance of ports HERE

Published in Ports & Shipping