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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Rosslare Fort rises again

A member of Wexford RNLI exploring the remains of the fort.
A member of Wexford RNLI exploring the remains of the fort.

By David Tucker

Thanks to the spring tides, and the shifting sands of Wexford harbour, the remains of Rosslare Fort, which disappeared beneath the waves almost 100 years ago, have been exposed again.

Fergus Wickham, from Rosslare, an expert on local history, said the fort, which had been home to two Wexford lifeboats, was abandoned in 1925 after the sea breached its defences.

'You'd see it at times over the years during very low spring tides,' said Fergus, 'there was a lot of effort put into keeping the lifeboat there many years ago, but the sea won in the end.'

Fergus said what became the Rosslare lifeboat spent four years in Wexford before being moved to Rosslare Harbour.

Fergus said that given a clear day, the fort - just off Dogger Bank - would be visible from the Raven Point between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

As well as being home to the lifeboats, the fort was also home to a settlement of 50 families.

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