New EU-backed project to open up Welsh and Irish Sea Ports to tourism
5 Welsh and Irish Sea ports are set to benefit from a new €2.6 million EU-funded project to help turn them from passage points to key tourist sites – improving tourism opportunities, tourist experiences, and the livelihoods of coastal communities on both sides of the Irish Sea.
The Ports, Past and Present project, part of the Ireland Wales Co-operation programme, is being announced today by the Welsh Government’s Minister for International Relations, Eluned Morgan during a visit to the Republic of Ireland.
The project will develop new tourism opportunities between 5 port towns and their surrounding coastal communities on either side of the Irish Sea - Dublin, Rosslare, Holyhead, Fishguard and Pembroke Dock, drawing on academic research and community partnerships.
The project aims to bring life and colour to the ports, enhancing the experience of modern travellers of all ages and interests, and encouraging people to spend more time and money in these towns. It will do this by working with tourism stakeholders and local communities to make passing tourists aware of the deep history of these places.
Specifically, the project teams will produce information in various formats, working with port authorities, transport carriers, tourism agencies, and local artists and writers to generate new tourism sites/sights/traffic, and commission creative works in the visual arts, literature and film. New audiences will be sought through digital technology including apps and social media. Irish and Welsh language material will be fully integrated throughout the project content.
The Welsh Government’s Minister for International Relations, Eluned Morgan yesterday said:
I’m really pleased to announce this incredibly exciting new project, which will help turn 5 Welsh and Irish Sea ports into vibrant tourist destinations in their own right.
Our ports make a critical contribution to our economy - providing jobs and added value to local communities. UK and Welsh business depends on ports in order to move their goods efficiently and quickly between Wales and Ireland.
This new project will help enhance our ports even further, by bringing their unique cultural heritage to life, allowing people to understand the rich and economic and cultural roles they’ve played in our past, and the vital roles they play today and in the future.
The project will led by University College Cork alongside Aberystwyth University, University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Wexford County Council.
Professor Claire Connolly from University College Cork yesterday said:
Ports, Past and Present aims to create a new future for the port towns in the Irish sea basin, based on a deeper understanding of their past.
We at University College Cork look forward to working with Aberystwyth University, the University of Wales Trinity St David and Wexford County Council on this exciting project, which allows us to explore the connected cultures, traditions and histories of Dublin Port, Fishguard, Holyhead, Rosslare and Pembroke Dock, working to ensure that their shared heritage can become a driver of economic growth.
Latest News from
Statement from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales about Coronavirus (COVID-19): 21 February 202021/02/2020 14:05:00
Update from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr. Frank Atherton on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Improvements in emergency waiting times and Ambulance Service hits target for January21/02/2020 09:05:00
Welsh Government response to the latest NHS Wales performance statistics.
New start for social businesses in east Wales20/02/2020 14:05:00
Counsel General and Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles today announced a £700,000 expansion to support the creation of new social businesses in East Wales.
Media buying services20/02/2020 10:20:00
Our media buying services framework (NPS-CS-0100-19) is now live and available for for the Welsh public sector to use.
Have your say on plans to create a zero waste Wales20/02/2020 09:20:00
The Welsh Government wants your views on its plans to make Wales the world’s top recycling nation and help us become a truly circular economy, at a series of Beyond Recycling Consultation Events across Wales.
Celebration of north Wales creative industries19/02/2020 16:30:00
New priorities to support the growth of Wales’ Creative Industries will be outlined during a Creative Wales and BAFTA event at Galeri, Caernarfon this evening.
First Minister establishes emergency funding relief scheme19/02/2020 11:15:00
A multi-million pound emergency fund to deal with the immediate impact of Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara has been announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford.
£24 million funding boost to accelerate new house building in Wales17/02/2020 11:05:00
A further £24 million is being injected immediately into building more new affordable homes in Wales, Housing Minister, Julie James has announced today.
More support for hard-to-reach EU citizens living in Wales14/02/2020 11:10:00
As the latest figures on applications to the UK government’s EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) are published, Counsel General Jeremy Miles announced more new funding for councils in Wales to boost numbers of applications from their area.