Wexford Harbour's Ballast Bank could be a memorial to seafarers

By Amy Lewis

Published 28/07/2015 | 00:00

The Ballast Bank was constructed in 1937 but has not been in use for many years.
The Ballast Bank was constructed in 1937 but has not been in use for many years.

The possibility of requesting grant aid for work on the Ballast Bank in Wexford Harbour was proposed by Cllr Anthony Kelly.

Cllr Kelly said that the disused site could be developed into a memorial to Wexford seafarers, similar to the Kilmore Quay Memorial Garden and Trail.

'The Ballast Bank is an eyesore in the harbour the way it is at the moment,' he said. 'There is a beautiful memorial garden in Kilmore. We could look into doing something like that.'

The Ballast Bank is an artificial island that was built in 1937 in Wexford Harbour. It was constructed so that ships could unload their ballast of sand or stones which they needed when travelling without cargo. It has been left unused for many years.

Director of Services Tony Larkin said that there may be a possibility of making changes to the site and said that they will 'look into the feasibility' of carrying out such work.

All councillors present at the meeting were in favour of Cllr Kelly's proposal and agreed that the Ballast Bank held a lot of potential.

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