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Welsh Chapel, 77A Talbot Street, Dublin. Margaret O'Connor, October 2020.

Heritage Story: The Welsh Chapel in Dublin 

For 100 years, a Dublin chapel with services in the Welsh language was a meeting place for sailors in Dublin port and a hub for Dublin’s resident Welsh community. Read more about the chapel's establishment and congregation in this story by Margaret O'Connor. With thanks to the Welsh Society in Ireland, and to the University of Limerick library. 
A View from inside Hook Lighthouse at Hook Head, Co. Wexford, 19th September 2016. Creator: Kay Caplice. CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Heritage Story: Hook Peninsula

As the gateway to Waterford Harbour, Hook Peninsula is both home to the second oldest operating lighthouse in the world and the most haunted house in Ireland. Read Meaghan Eicher's story about Hook Lighthouse and Loftus Hall, here
Robert Loraine, stage actor. J. Willis Sayre Collection of Theatrical Photographs. Public domain (out of copyright) via Wikimedia Commons

Heritage Story: So Near, Yet So Far

Two years before the official first flight from Britain to Ireland another intrepid airman came within a few hundred yards of claiming the record. Pilot (and later Holywood actor) Robert Loraine took off from Holyhead on 11 September. Read Derek Webb's story here

You're Invited: Our App Focus Group, Cross-Coastal Coffee Morning, Port Fest

Our next app focus group meeting will be held online on Thursday 25 February at 1.00 pm. This is a chance to learn more about our app development and give your input. All very welcome. Please email Jonathan Evershed ( if you'd like to join. 

Our second cross-coastal coffee morning will be held online on Thursday 4 March at 11.00 am. All welcome to join for this informal conversation session. Sign up to our Slack network here; the link to the Zoom call will be posted in the #coffee channel on that day. Email if any difficulties.

Our Dublin Port community event, Port Fest, will be held online on Saturday March 27. The day will feature an exciting heritage roundtable conversation, and three fun creative workshops (craft, theatre, poetry). Full itinerary and sign-up coming soon.

Photos courtesy of the Fishguard Bay Welcome team. All rights reserved. 

Community Spotlight: Fishguard's Award-Winning Welcome Team

The Fishguard Bay Welcome team is a group of local people dedicated to organising a warm welcome for visitors to Fishguard - particularly those travelling by cruise ship.

Led by Alex Harding and Jana Davidson, the group organises volunteers in a group called 'Fishguard Friendly Faces', who take part in greeting people as well as providing tourism information and entertainment.

In 2018, Fishguard Friendly Faces were honoured for their work by a Pride in Pembrokeshire award. Alex Harding told Pembrokeshire County Council at the time that "Rain or shine, even at 7.30 in the morning, we will attend with the same aim; to showcase the towns and area where we live... We wish to promote North Pembrokeshire and have fun while doing so and I think we do that pretty well."

While travel might be diminished at present, no doubt this friendly team is ready and waiting for future visitors.

Short Films: We Want to Speak to You!

We'd love to connect with anyone involved with heritage or community work at the ports. At the moment, we're preparing for the production of short films about the ports. Please contact us if you have a story to tell for these films, or know somebody who might. You won't be obliged to appear on film!

Reach us on, on Twitter, on Facebook or on Instagram. Join our project Slack network by clicking this link.

This newsletter was created by project manager Aoife Dowling. 

Project partners: University College Cork, University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS), Aberystwyth University and Wexford County Council. 

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