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

Updated: Nov 26, 2021

A one-day online conference exploring the past, present and European future of Ireland's Ports, Coastal Communities and Maritime Sector

Friday 20 November 2020

Attendance free and open to all - register here.

During the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, there was, rightly, a great deal of focus in public debate on the issues confronting Ireland’s border communities. This online conference aims to expand the terms of this debate, and to examine and deepen understanding of a key issue in Ireland’s relationship with the EU – that of the future of those coastal and port communities which, at the end of the transition period, will find themselves on a new frontier between the EU and the UK.

Bringing together academics, experts and stakeholders, this online conference and workshop will explore the key role played by Ireland’s ports, coastal communities and maritime sector in its membership of the EU; provide a forum in which issues confronting Ireland’s port and coastal communities as a result of Brexit, climate change and the coronavirus pandemic can be discussed; and, crucially, highlight how responses to these challenges are framed and influenced by Ireland’s EU membership.

9:45 am - 10:00 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks from IACES President, Dr Mary C. Murphy

10:00 am - 11: 30 am


Confronting the challenge of Brexit and Covid-19 in Ireland's Ports, Coastal Communities and Maritime Sector

Chair: Dr Mary C. Murphy, University College Cork

Ciarán O'Driscoll, European Movement Ireland

Patrick Murphy, Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation

Ben Radford, Rosslare Europort

Seamus Leheny, Logistics UK

11:30 am - 11:45 am


11:45 am - 1:15 pm


EU Support for Ireland's Ports, Coastal Communities and Maritime Sector

Chair: Dr Giada Lagana, Cardiff University

A Roundtable discussion involving representatives from a number of projects funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Ireland Wales Programme:

Ports, Past and Present

Coastal Communities Adapting Together (CCAT)

Llŷn Iveragh Ecomuseums (LIVE)

Rediscovering Ancient Connections - The Saints

Climate Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands and Headlands (CHERISH)

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Irish Sea Cultures Past, Present and Future

Chair: Dr Jonathan Evershed, University College Cork

Prof Claire Connolly, University College Cork

Lar Joye, Dublin Port Company

Prof Nicholas Allen, University of Georgia

Dr Gillian O'Brien, Liverpool John Moores University

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Thanks and Closing Remarks from IACES Vice President, Dr Jonathan Evershed

This is an online event that will be held on Zoom. The relevant link and sign-in information will be forwarded to registered attendees by no later than Thursday 19 November. Attendance free and open to all - register here.

This event is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Communicating Europe Initiative.

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