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The Rosslare Harbour/Kilrane Village Development Team are delighted to announce the commencement of the latest community improvement project.
Tomorrow will see the start of the upgrade & resurfacing works at the Rosslare Harbour Beach Car Park. This facility will be of huge benefit to locals and visitors like.
This is the latest in a series of projects delivered by the Village Development Team and funded by Town & Village Renewal Scheme funding.
COVID-19 has undoubtedly slowed progress and made having meetings etc difficult but the Team are fully committed to improving our community and working towards making our area the best to live, work and play in.
We will share some photos of the progress and of course your continued support is welcome and appreciated
Fantastic news for local company
One of Rosslare Harbour's newest companies has really hit the ground running!
Soft Paws Cosmetics have been shortlisted in the final of the "Irish Made" Awards 2020 (run by the Irish Country Magazine)
Let's help Soft Paws Cosmetics bring home 1st prize by voting for them in the Gift Category via the link below
End of an Era as village sweet shop closes.
There was sadness in the air in the village of Rosslare Harbour today as Teresa’s Convenience Store closed it’s doors for the last time.
More popularly known as Teresa’s Sweet Shop, it was a very well visited shop with the children of the village, particularly those en-route to or from the nearby ‘Secret Garden’!
Teresa worked in the shop under the stewardship of Moira Lambert for 7 years prior to taking the brave step of taking over the helm on 17th November 2011.
Speaking to us this afternoon, Teresa said that she "enjoyed every moment".
We wish Teresa and Bernard all the very best in their well deserved retirement and there is no doubt that they and their little shop will be sorely missed.
Road Closure for resurfacing - Ballygerry
Funding for footpaths in Kilrane
Cllr. Ger Carthy recently announced funding for a 300 metre stretch from the Cul Na Greine estate to Kilrane School.
This long overdue improvement to the road infrastructure in the area will make the route much safer, particularly for the children attending the school.
€7m protection scheme to save Rosslare coastline
However, a timeframe for the start and finish of the project has not been finalised as it has to go through the design and planning phases before work can begin.
Rosslare Strand and nearby stretches of the southeast coast have suffered from longshore drift erosion for years, with sand getting swept away particularly in times of storm and high winds.
The protection scheme will consist of rock groynes - structures built perpendicular to the shoreline - and rock revetment to protect against wave action as well as beach "nourishment" measures. Flood defence work will also be built onshore.
Approval of the funding for the project was announced in Rosslare today by Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW Patrick O'Donovan who said that the work is "long overdue" and described it as "a massive scheme" for the region.
"An awful lot of sand has been washed away here over the years and I suppose not only has it put at risk properties, but it has also reduced the amenity, so we want to protect the beaches", he said.
Asked for a timeframe for the project, he said that it first has to go through the design and planning processes before work by the OPW and Wexford County Council can start.
"I'm not in this job a long time but one thing I’ve learned from my predecessor and others is that you don’t give timeframes," he said.
"Purely because if the timeframe isn’t met, we know what happens, but what we do within the Office of Public Works and the department is that we’re committed to putting as much energy behind it as possible, so that with Wexford County Council we’ll see work commencing here as quickly as possible."
He also said that the Rosslare scheme is part of a €1bn investment by the Government in flood and coastal protection works nationwide.
Chairman of Wexford County Council Ger Carthy said the news is "momentous" for Rosslare and Wexford and that the coastal protection work "has been in the melting pot for a long time," awaiting approval.
"I look forward to the commencement of the work and the design and planning phase of it".
Owner of Kelly’s Resort Hotel, which fronts onto the beach at Rosslare Strand, Bill Kelly said that erosion has been "a huge concern" for years.
"The beach is disintegrating before our eyes in the last number of years," he said.
"It’s a must for us in the hotel business. We employ 220 people along the coast, right on the beach, without the beach we’re nothing. We can’t continue to exist. It is vital. Today’s announcement is a huge bonus for the area."
Asked about the lack of a definitive start and end date for the project, Mr Kelly said: "I can imagine it needs to go through the process and the planning process and I guess the first thing is the money is in place and we can try to push the rest through as quickly as possible."
Chief executive of Wexford County Council Tom Enright said it’s "a great day for Rosslare to see this project moving forward," as the area is one of the premier tourism spots in the whole country.
Mural for Maritime Centre
As we emerge form the pandemic lock-down, the committee at the Rosslare Harbour Maritime Heritage Centre have decided to brighten things up a bit at the iconic building between Kilrane and Rosslare Harbour.
The addition of the new mural at the centre pays tribute to the famous Tuskar Rock Lighthouse which sits a little over 7 nautical miles off the Wexford Coast.
The feature, which was specially commissioned is the latest in a serious of works by local artist Jeff Dobson around the village including the St Patrick's Church Car Park and the Sensory Garden.
You can keep up to date with all that's going on with the Rosslare Maritime Enthusiasts by checking them out on Facebook.
(Photo, Brian Boyce 14/08/20)
New Signage for Murphy's SuperValu
The Murphy name has been synonymous with the Supervalu brand in Rosslare Harbour for many years.
We are very lucky to have this excellent facility in our village and a family at the helm who have always been community minded.
This week saw some new signage erected on the premises which continues the modernisation and development of the shop and the grounds which is a continuous process.
We wish the Murphys continued success and thank them for their support.
XELLZ acquires additional 100.000sqm of land to develop a Free Zone at Rosslare Europort
Dutch logistics company XELLZ has acquired 100.000sqm of land to add to its existing 200.000sqm already secured at the port of Rosslare, Ireland. The decision to obtain this new land has also progressed plans to create a Free Zone at Rosslare Europort and the Europort Business Park (EBP).
Following last week’s announcement by Iarnród Éireann that Rosslare Europort is to undergo a major transformation with a €30m investment, XELLZ intends to secure the port’s position as a competitive offshore wind hub by developing a Free Zone.
Free Zones are secured customs areas within the European Union where non-Union goods can be introduced free of import duties, charges (i.e. taxes) and commercial policy measures. These goods may, following time in the Free Zones, be released to the domestic market (subject to payment of import duties and other charges).
Mr. Phonsey Croke, Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of 24shore Ireland , says, “This gives companies who locate in the Rosslare Europort Business Park Free Zone (EBP-FZ) the ability to operate and install offshore wind farms (OWF) in a cost effective and competitive manner. There are many OWF’s to be installed and operated in Ireland, UK, and across the continent and having a Free Zone will help ease the flow of goods and keep projects moving.”
Through its offshore services subsidiary 24shore SBS (Supply Base Services) and XELLZ Ireland, XELLZ will establish an offshore wind supply base to serve and support future offshore wind farms, bringing new energy to the region. The EBP will become a hive of activity where businesses directly related to the upcoming Offshore Wind Farms (OWF's) can establish themselves.
The EBP offers ample storage and assembly areas to manage the wind turbines, transition pieces and mobilisation equipment. There will be areas for companies providing maintenance, operational, and repair services to this budding renewable energy market. The space will also house a new training facility for the renewable industry where young potentials (YP) can undertake professional training for the offshore wind energy industry.
Mr. Finbarr Cleary, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), XELLZ Ireland Ltd. says, “We are committed to making the Rosslare development a national success story. The support we have received from the wider community, industry associations, local and national government and independent agencies has been really encouraging. The South-East of Ireland is set to become an area of international commercial activity as well as an Operations & Maintenance Centre of Excellence (O&MCOE) for many industries.”
Rosslare Europort is to undergo a major transformation as part of its port masterplan. The plan will see over €30 million invested by port authority Iarnród Éireann over the next five years. It will ensure that Rosslare will be equipped with the capacity, facilities, and technology to facilitate major growth for the benefit of the South-East region and the wider Irish economy.
(Source; rosslareeuroport.ie 13 Jul 2020)
€30m investment planned for Rosslare Europort
Planning permission for a major transformation of Rosslare Europort will be applied for next week by port authority Iarnród Éireann.
Rosslare's "masterplan", together with initiatives under the strategic plan for the port, will see over €30m invested by Iarnród Éireann over the next five years.
Rosslare Europort offers numerous daily and weekly direct services to the UK, France and Spain.
The investment will ensure that Rosslare will be equipped with the capacity, facilities and technology to facilitate major growth for the benefit of the region and the wider national economy.
Major changes in the Europort - subject to planning permission - include the new configuration of the port aligned to maximise future growth of the port and support regional and national development.
It will also see significant new facilities and infrastructure to develop Rosslare Europort to its full potential as the country's gateway port to the UK and Europe.
Glenn Carr, general manger a Rosslare Europort, said these are probably the most exciting times that the port has ever seen with transformational developments planned over the next few years.
"We will be making significant investment demonstrating our commitment and drive to grow Rosslare Europort and ensuring that we maximise its full potential both for the region and the overall country," Mr Carr said.
He said the port will have challenges in dealing with the current Covid-19 and Brexit situation.
"I am extremely optimistic with the plans we now have in place for the development of the port and growing of the business well into the future, building on new business from Brittany Ferries earlier this year," he added.
Mr Carr also said he believes that Rosslare Europort is now the best positioned port to be the Offshore Wind Energy hub for Ireland in the future.
"No other port in the Republic has the potential land, capacity and connectivity available that is required, and I look forward to working with all of the key stakeholders in securing the support and invested needed to secure the delivery of this vital development for the country," he added.
(Source; RTE News 3 Jul 2020)
New Master Plan for Rosslare Europort
Rosslare Europort have designed an ambitious masterplan to ideally position the port to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities currently afforded by the strategic location of the port. The plan will see significant investment in the infrastructure of the port and allow for expansion in the current key areas of RoRo freight and passenger transport. The masterplan will also be providing the infrastructure necessary to facilitate the impending border inspection requirements while also creating increased capacity to provide the perfect platform to capitalise on new business opportunities becoming available to the port.
Out on a shout! - Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat
28th June 2020
Rosslare Harbour lifeboat launched early this afternoon to retrieve a wind surfing board & sail, drifting out sea. The windsurfer managed to safely swim ashore. Both board & sail were later reunited with the owner
COXSWAIN M. Ferguson MECHANIC K. Morris CREW P. Quirke, M. Sinnott, E. Quirke, I. Kavanagh, D. McCusker
New Defibrillator for Kilrane/Rosslare Harbour
13th Feb 2019
We are delighted to announce that village development committee member & local councillor Ger Carthy has sponsored an AED (Defibrillator) for our community.
Pictured at the official launch this afternoon are (L-R)Anthony Byrne Asst. Chief Ambulance Officer, Cllr. Ger Carthy & Alan Murphy
This was an item high on the list of priorities submitted through the suggestion sheets at, and following the recent public meeting.
We are very grateful to Cllr. Carthy for assisting us to deliver on this.
We are also most grateful to our Chairman Alan Murphy for sponsoring the cabinet in which the defib is housed.
The new AED is located at Murphy’s SuperValu Rosslare Harbour.
Development Team on Site Visits
9th Feb 20189
Another busy day today with site visits at Bree Community Centre and then at Kilanerin Community Centre.
Very inspiring to see how these two communities have achieved so much with two slightly different but equally effective approaches.
We can learn lots from these groups but we were heartened by their acknowledgement of the wonderful community we have and continue to improve.
The work goes on and we look forward to the continued support and involvement of the community as we progress.