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New films explore the history and cultural heritage of five ports in Wales and Ireland

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By the Water: Stories from the Irish Sea

The stories of five port towns in Wales and Ireland will feature in a series of new films which will premiere in Aberystwyth later this month.

The eight documentary shorts and one feature, At the Water’s Edge: Stories of the Irish Sea, aim to promote the ports of Fishguard, Holyhead and Pembroke Dock in Wales, and Dublin and Rosslare in Ireland, as well as the three ferry ports routes connecting them.

The films were produced as part of Ports, Past and Present, a project which explores the history and cultural heritage of ports, showcasing stunning views of the landscapes and wildlife of the Irish Sea coast and revealing the human stories of port communities.

At Fishguard, residents Gary Jones and Jana Davidson talk about pirate invasions and French armies, while Hedydd Hughes explains how she teaches children about local legends.


Local historian David James also shares the extraordinary story of how the son of a Japanese samurai came to plant a ginkgo tree at Pembroke Dock, and local councilor Josh Beynon explores the secret location where Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon was built.

Professor Peter Merriman, team leader of the project in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University, said: “These films reveal the rich cultural heritage of the five port cities, following a range of local people who have intimate knowledge of their local communities.

“Coastal communities are often seen as geographic fringes, but these films show how port cities have always served as important transit points as well as places to live.

“Cultural tourism is an important part of the Welsh and Irish economies, and we want to attract new overseas visitors to these towns, as well as engage local communities in their port heritage, to tackle economic deprivation.”

The films are part of a wider tourism campaign aimed at raising awareness of the rich coastal and maritime heritage of the five selected ports and their communities.

Project leader Professor Claire Connolly of University College Cork said: “The Ports, Past and Present films frame the voices, images and stories of the five ports, enabling new forms of engagement with a past. commmon.

The feature-length documentary will be launched at the Ceredigion Museum on May 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free and can be reserved by emailing Rita Singer at [email protected].

The Ceredigion Museum will also host a traveling art exhibit on the rich coastal history and heritage of port communities.

Over the next few months, the films will be screened for free in Wales and Ireland and then released generally so that local communities can promote their own areas.

Film screening details:

* Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth: May 26

* Port of Rosslare: June 17

* Pater Hall, Pembroke Dock: July 30

* Pumphouse, Dublin Port: August 13

* Gwaun Theatre, Fishguard: September 25

* Uchelder Centre, Holyhead: October 23

Ports, Past and Present is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland-Wales Cooperation Program and operates at four institutions in Ireland and Wales, including University College Cork, University of ‘Aberystwyth, University of Wales Trinity St David and County Wexford. Advice.

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