Europe and the Future of Ireland's Ports, Coastal Communities and Maritime Sector


On Friday 20 November, 2020, IACES held a one-day online conference exploring the past, present and European future of Ireland's Ports, Coastal Communities and Maritime Sector. 


Bringing together academics, experts and stakeholders across three roundtable discussions, this online conference explored the key role played by Ireland’s ports, coastal communities and maritime sector in its membership of the EU; provided a forum in which to interrogate the issues confronting Ireland’s port and coastal communities as a result of Brexit, climate change and the coronavirus pandemic; and, crucially, highlighted how responses to these challenges are framed and influenced by Ireland’s EU membership.


The event was supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Communicating Europe Initiative.

PDF Report:

We have prepared an illustrated report and summary of the conference, drawing out its key themes and conclusions. It is available to read here. 

Podcast : Port Stories

On 21 January 2021, IACES Vice President, Dr Jonathan Evershed, also spoke about findings and conclusions from the conference at a Coastal Connections seminar on 'Coastal Brexit', hosted by the Institute for Historical Research at the University of London. You will find a podcast of the seminar here