Rosslare Harbour

The village of Rosslare Harbour (Irish: Cuan Ros Láir, meaning "harbour of the middle peninsula") grew up to serve the needs of the harbour of the same name (now called Rosslare Europort), first developed in 1906 by the Great Western Railway and the Great Southern and Western Railway to accommodate steamferry traffic between Great Britain and Ireland. This port also serves France and traffic is mainly roll-on roll-off (RoRo). It is thought that harbour expansion and/or privatisation could improve exporting and logistical options for businesses and producers in Ireland offering an alternative to Dublin Port which dominates trade but relies on the UK corridor for much EU trade. Rosslare Harbour railway station opened on 30 August 1906.[1]

Rosslare Harbour

Cuan Ros Láir
Roslare Europort
Rosslare Harbour
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°15′05″N 6°20′29″W
20 m (70 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
  Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceT136124

Although the harbour itself is located close to the previously existing settlement of Ballygeary, and actually in the townland of Ballygillane Big, it was named after the village of Rosslare, some 4 km away (8 km by road) along the coast.

The village of Ballygeary was divided into two townslands, one known as tin town and the other as straw town. It is believed this was because of the roofs on the houses.

The village has a number of guesthouses, hotels, a Roman Catholic church, a bank and some shops. Just south of the harbour is a small strand leading to Greenore Point, where grey seals are usually to be seen.

The harbour is home to an RNLI lifeboat station.[2]

Railways and ferries

Services provided by Irish Rail on the Dublin-Rosslare railway line from Rosslare Europort railway station to major places such as Wexford, Enniscorthy, Arklow, Wicklow, Greystones, Bray to Dublin Connolly.

From Dublin Connolly onward rail connections via the Sligo Line links with Longford and Sligo and the Belfast Line links with Drogheda, Dundalk, Newry, Portadown, Lisburn and Belfast Central.

Preceding station   Iarnród Éireann   Following station
Rosslare Strand   Intercity
Dublin-Rosslare Line
 Ferry services
Terminus   Stena Line
Terminus   Irish Ferries
  Pembroke Dock
Disused railways
Rosslare Strand   Intercity
Limerick-Rosslare Line

Bus transport

Rosslare Harbour and Rosslare Europort are served by Bus Éireann routes 40, 132, 370, 379 & 385. The main route serving Rosslare Harbour is Bus Éireann Expressway route 40 which provides several services a day to/from Waterford via New Ross. Local route 370 replaces the rail service to Waterford and runs twice a day each way (except Sundays) serving locations in South County Wexford previously served by the railway; Bridgetown, Wellingtonbridge and Campile. Expressway route 2 used to link the Harbour with Dublin Airport every hour but was withdrawn in September 2012. There is now only one through bus a week to Dublin – route 132 departing Rosslare Europort at 08.15 on Thursdays. It runs cross-country via Carnew.[3]

There are two bus stops in the village, one on either side of the road, at St. Patrick's Church (for Wexford direction) and just up from the shopping centre (for ferry terminal). There is also a stop in front of the ferry terminal where all buses commence/terminate.

See also


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