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#MaritimeHeritage - The Rosslare Harbour Maritime Heritage Centre recently celebrated a first year anniversary, writes Jehan Ashmore.

The centre housed in the former Tourist Office close to the ferryport displays the maritime heritage of the area and which has been given valued support by the local community and beyond.

Open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays between14.00 –l8.00hrs. Admission for Adults is €3.00 and Children are FREE.

The centre is happy to accommodate visitors outside normal opening hours provided they are given sufficient notice.To contact email: [email protected] and by following updates and events on their facebook page.

Currently the centre which is run by the Rosslare Maritime Shipping Enthusiasts are holding a photographic exhibition featuring Irish Shipping Ltd. The exhibition has also been extended to the John Barry Pub in Wexford Town where a fine collection of paintings by maritime artist Brian Cleare can be viewed and purchased in the upstairs gallery.

Brian Cleare and his colleagues of the Rosslare Maritime Enthusiasts as previously reported on are to launch later this month the publication Irish Shipping Ltd – A Fleet History

The publication is lavishly illustrated with more than 400 photographs detailing the many ISL vessels. The book is eagerly awaited not just by seafarers who served the state-owned shipping company that collapsed in 1984 but to many followers at home and overseas with a keen interest in Irish merchant shipping history.



Published in Coastal Notes

Coastal Notes Coastal Notes covers a broad spectrum of stories, events and developments in which some can be quirky and local in nature, while other stories are of national importance and are on-going, but whatever they are about, they need to be told.

Stories can be diverse and they can be influential, albeit some are more subtle than others in nature, while other events can be immediately felt. No more so felt, is firstly to those living along the coastal rim and rural isolated communities. Here the impact poses is increased to those directly linked with the sea, where daily lives are made from earning an income ashore and within coastal waters.

The topics in Coastal Notes can also be about the rare finding of sea-life creatures, a historic shipwreck lost to the passage of time and which has yet many a secret to tell. A trawler's net caught hauling more than fish but cannon balls dating to the Napoleonic era.

Also focusing the attention of Coastal Notes, are the maritime museums which are of national importance to maintaining access and knowledge of historical exhibits for future generations.

Equally to keep an eye on the present day, with activities of existing and planned projects in the pipeline from the wind and wave renewables sector and those of the energy exploration industry.

In addition Coastal Notes has many more angles to cover, be it the weekend boat leisure user taking a sedate cruise off a long straight beach on the coast beach and making a friend with a feathered companion along the way.

In complete contrast is to those who harvest the sea, using small boats based in harbours where infrastructure and safety poses an issue, before they set off to ply their trade at the foot of our highest sea cliffs along the rugged wild western seaboard.

It's all there, as Coastal Notes tells the stories that are arguably as varied to the environment from which they came from and indeed which shape people's interaction with the surrounding environment that is the natural world and our relationship with the sea.

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