Rosslare Europort is located on Ireland’s most southeastern coast In Rosslare Harbour in County Wexford. Rosslare Europort supports freight and passenger ferries traveling to and from France and Wales. Rosslare Habour village was born to serve the harbor that was developed in 1906 by the Great Southern and Western Railway and the Great Western Railway to facilitate traffic between Ireland and Great Britain.
The harbor station opened in August 1906. The harbor is near the site of an earlier settlement, Ballygeary, but it was given the name of Rosslare village about four kilometers northwest of Rosslare Europort. Ballgeary village has some guest houses and hotels, a bank, a few shops, and a Roman Catholic church. To the south of Rosslare Harbor, visitors can see grey seals on the shores of Greenore Point. The area also offers wonderful opportunities for those who love walking, hiking, biking, bird watching, and both beachside and deep-sea fishing.
About six kilometers northwest of Rosslare Europort is Rosslare Strand, a tourist resort and the sunniest place in Ireland. The beach is a Blue Flag beach popular with families and swimmers, and there are several golf courses nearby. The village of Rosslare Strand has grown quickly in the past few years, and new vacation home developments are appearing there regularly.
Ireland’s national railway company, Iarnród Éireann, operates Rosslare Europort with direct rail services to Dublin and Limerick. Bus services are also available to Wexford, Cork, Dublin, and Limerick.
Rosslare Europort has four berths. Berth 1 is 221 meters long with alongside depths from 7.6 to 10 meters, and it can accommodate vessels to 215 meters long. At 214 meters long with alongside depths from 7.2 to 9.6 meters, Berth 2 can accommodate vessels to 205 meters long. Berth 3 is 186 meters long with alongside depths from 7.6 to 10 meters, and it can accommodate vessels to 186 meters long. Accommodating vessels to 130 meters, Berth 4 is 148 meters long with alongside depths from 6.5 to 8.9 meters.
Ferries carry passengers between Rosslare Europort and Pembroke Dock and Fishguard in Wales and between Rosslare Europort and Cherbourg and Roscoff in France. Rosslare Europort offers several amenities for passengers: baby-changing and children’s play areas, car rental services, shops, a bar, a restaurant, money changing service, and immigration facilities. Rosslare Europort also offers trailer and vehicle spaces, and a range of equipment to facilitate movement of passengers and cargo and repair services.
In 2004, Rosslare Europort handled over 1.1 million passengers, 307 thousand passenger vehicles, 117 thousand units of roll-on/roll-off cargo, and 35 thousand trade vehicles. In 2005, the port added a new tow tractor unit and upgraded pier structure and mooring facilities at Berths 1 and 2.
The prohibition on duty-free trade inside the European Union and increasingly competitive air fares to the United Kingdom have led to decreases in the volume of passenger traffic through Rosslare Europort.