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Tuesday 17 July 2018

A fascinating insight on port

Captain Phil Murphy, Harbour Master, Harris Bremner, author Ernie Shepherd, Joy Shepherd and Archie Bremner
Captain Phil Murphy, Harbour Master, Harris Bremner, author Ernie Shepherd, Joy Shepherd and Archie Bremner

Anna Hayes

Wexford Town library welcomed more than 70 people to the launch of Ernie Shepherd's new book 'Wexford Harbour Commissioner: A History 1794-2010'.

The new book explores the town's rich maritime heritage, examining the importance of Wexford port in terms of town and county development.

Both the council Cathaoirleach Cllr John Hegarty and Mayor of Wexford, Cllr Jim Moore were in attendance and commended the hard work and dedication of the author who undertook extensive research.

Wexford's current Harbour Master Captain Phil Murphy officially launched the book and also praised the local historian's work, as well as the work of County Archivist Gráinne Doran for her input through the county archives.

He said that it was important that, while looking towards future developments, people remembered the work of the Harbour Commissioners in the past.

Former Wexford Chamber CEO Madeleine Quirke, who was involved in the publishing process with Ernie prior to her retirement from the Chamber, said she had been delighted to play a small role in furthering the publication, namely assisting in securing sponsorship for the book.

Financial support was provided by Wexford County Council while the Sinnott family from Hill Street also made a financial contribution to the costs. Eamonn Sinnott's father John was a former secretary of the Harbour Commissioners.

Ms Quirke added that it was important to recognise the work of historians like Ernie, adding that the supoprt given to the project by the local community had been fantastic.

The book is available from the Wexford Book Centre.

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