A trip through local transport

By AMY LEWIS

Published 10/11/2015 | 00:00

Mick Clancy and Ann Borg flicking through the book.
Clare Thornley and Duncan Furlong enjoying the launch.
John Lynch who launched the book with author Ernie Shepherd and Mary Gallagher.
In Rosslare Europort on Thursday evening at the launch of the book 'Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours Company' by Ernie Shepherd were John Lynch who launched the book, Ernie Shepherd, Joy Shepherd, Archie Bremner and Paul Kehoe TD
Ann Marie Ferris and Lorraine Rosler at the launch.

A new book launched recently tells the complex journey of the Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours Company from its humble beginnings into what we know today.

Written by Blackwater native and renowned railway historian Ernie Shepherd, 'Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours Company' begins its story in the middle of the 19th century when a railway boom was taking place in Ireland. It traces the complex history of the development of the company, detailing the entrepreneurs, debt issues and company merging that featured throughout the years.

General Manager of Rosslare Europort John Lynch launched the book at a special event in Rosslare recently which was attended by over 60 people.

'There is a lot of history there. It is a mixture of ambition, overreaching and finance going wrong and right,' explained John, who wrote the forward for the book as the Director of the Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours Company. 'The rich tapestry of human existence is all there.'

Guests at the launch enjoyed speeches made by John and others, as well as food and socialising. Among the guests were Minister Paul Kehoe, author Ernie Shepherd and local artist Mary Gallagher, who is the former Chairperson of the Fishguard and Rosslare Railways and Harbours Company. Over three dozen copies of the book were sold on the night.

John expects the book to attract a certain niche market that he says is 'very active' in Ireland. It is now on sale from selected bookstores nationwide.

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