Dublin Ports Festival

DATE: 13-21 August 2022
TIME: Various
WHERE: Various

EPIC welcomes Ports, Past and Present this August for a wonderful week of events to celebrate Ireland’s rich port heritage.

Join them for exhibition and app launches, biodiversity talks, artist meet and greets, documentary films, and family workshops all themed around the ports and maritime heritage.

To celebrate, EPIC has launched a brand new ‘Marine Mysteries’ trail which is free to all families attending the museum during the month of August. Don’t forget to take a picture of your trail and tag us on social media @epicmuseumchq to be in with a chance of winning an EPIC goody bag!

For a full list of Ports, Past and Present events, including booking links, read on:


Port Places App Launch and App Walk and Talk with Ports, Past and Present and Five Lamps Arts

Saturday 13 August, 2022, 2 – 3.30pm – The Liffey Corner Room, CHQ, Dublin

PPP Port Places App launch with FIve Lamps logo 2

Join Ports, Past and Present and Five Lamps Arts for the official launch of the ‘Port Places’ app. Explore the depth of history and heritage surrounding five active ferry ports on the Irish Sea: Dublin Port, Rosslare Harbour, Holyhead, Fishguard and Pembroke Dock. Drawing together walking tours, multimedia collections and stories, Port Places provides a range of themed experiences covering the ports, their local attractions, and the crossings between them in the Irish Sea.

The app allows the user to download their choice of curated experiences, each providing a vision of port life, creativity, history and heritage. For Dublin, the initial offering will be Five Lamps Arts’ North Wall Campshires walk and the stories of the Dublin to Holyhead Crossing. Come and celebrate the development of this exciting new initiative, join us for an app walk and talk, following the Five Lamps Arts’ tour of the Dublin Docklands and learn how to use the app to uncover and navigate the rich heritage of the Dublin Port area.

All are welcome to the launch, however places for the app walk and talk are limited and must be booked in advance via Eventbrite. Please ensure you book the correct event listing by clicking the links below:

App launch: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/port-places-app-launch-with-ports-past-and-present-and-five-lamps-arts-tickets-389546091847

App Walk and Talk (limited spaces available): https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/port-places-app-walk-and-talk-with-ports-past-and-present-and-five-lamps-tickets-389554346537


Ports, Past and Present Film Launch – ‘At the Water’s Edge: Stories of the Irish Sea’

Saturday 13 August, 2022, 5pm – Port Centre, Alexandra Rd, Dublin Port, Dublin 1


This documentary was filmed across five ferry port communities around the Irish Sea, following local people with a passion for their town’s history and heritage. The screening will take place at the Port Centre, Dublin Port. As part of the reception light drinks and a buffet will be served ahead of the screening.

As places for attendees are limited, we ask you to RSVP by 8 August. Please email Rita Singer (ris32@aber.ac.uk) to confirm your attendance. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know so we can cater to your needs.



Sunday 14 August, 2022, 3pm – Liffey Corner Room, CHQ, Dublin


0phelia is a North Dublin Docklands native from East Wall who has been making music and writing rhymes since childhood. She is also a Ph.D. researcher at University College Cork, writing and producing various collaborative records, shows, and indie films for the ERC-funded Cipher Project. 0phelia has supported renowned acts such as Pete Rock, Ice Cube, De La Soul, Pharaohe Monch, Tony Allen, Ultramagnetic MC’s, Sage Francis, Robert Glasper, Saul Williams, Maverick Sabre and Damien Dempsey, along with a long list of brilliant Irish unknowns. She released her debut triple single entitled Means of Escape in December 2020, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.

0phelia will talk to Ports, Past and Present about her connection to the heritage of Dublin Docklands and then perform a solo set of self-composed songs and well-known covers to electronic beats for Dublin Port Fest.

Book now: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/0phelia-talk-and-performance-with-ports-past-and-present-tickets-389573533927


Martin Crampin – ‘Habitually seeking exile’: Voyages of the Saints across the Irish Sea

Monday 15 August, 2022, 1pm – Liffey Corner Room, CHQ, Dublin

Accounts of the saints of early medieval Ireland and Wales crossing the seas abound in medieval literature. According to the Lives of the saints, ports and harbours around the Irish Sea witnessed the arrival of saints from distant lands, and the departure of others across the waters. Medieval writers located the saints in a time when travel across the sea – by boat or by more unconventional transport – was typical of saints who were called to leave their home behind and witness on other shores.

Artist and historian Dr Martin Crampin, of the Ports, Past and Present project, will offer a Welsh perspective on the connections between Ireland and Wales embodied through the stories of the saints.

Book now: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/habitually-seeking-exile-voyages-of-the-saints-across-the-irish-sea-tickets-389580595047


EPIC Explorers Sensational Seagulls

Tuesday 16 August 2022, 12pm – The Liffey Corner Room, CHQ, Dublin

Have you ever been eye to eye with a seagull? What about seeing things from their perspective? Discover what life is really like for a Dublin gull in this creative art and writing workshop with artist Augustine O’Donoghue. Suitable for ages 7 – 12 years old, you’ll listen, learn and create, as you make a case for the gulls of the city!

Augustine will take us through the making of her sound installation for the Ports, Past and Present exhibition, on the ecological plight of herring gulls in the Dublin area. She’ll give us insight into how the gulls’ habitats have been built over or destroyed by humans and why they behave the way they do. Then it’s over to you to become the voice of the gulls, as you add to her exhibition with your unique take on their life and experiences!

Can you squawk like a seagull? What would it be like to fly above Dublin port? What food would you scavenge off humans? Answer these questions and much more in the fun creative exercises, where you’ll craft a newspaper report from the gulls’ perspective to leave in the exhibition or take home with you.

Get your tickets here.


Meet the Artists: Julie Merriman and Augustine O’Donoghue

Tuesday 16 August, 2022, 1pm – The Liffey Corner Room, CHQ, Dublin


Join us for a conversation around seagulls and port scenes, protest and printmaking. Dublin-based artists Julie Merriman and Augustine O’Donoghue discuss their creative commissions for the Ports, Past and Present project, on show at the Liffey Corner in the CHQ Building through Heritage Week.

Julie will explain her use of obsolete office copying materials in her work, which draws on the history of ‘mark making’ in order to create striking modern prints. Augustine will take us through the making of her sound installation on the ecological plight of herring gulls in the Dublin area, whose habitats have been built over or destroyed by humans.

Book now: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/ports-festival-meet-the-artists-julie-merriman-and-augustine-odonoghue-tickets-389584466627


Ports, Past and Present Exhibition Launch and Film Showings – ‘Creative Connections across the Irish Sea’ and ‘Ports, Past and Present: Dublin Port

Tuesday 16 August, 2022, 6pm – The Liffey Corner Room, CHQ, Dublin


Join us at the Liffey Corner between 6 and 8pm for a celebration of 12 creative commissions, ranging from poetry and story-collecting, to radio script, sculpture and ceramics, animation, photography and film. Combining thought-provoking words and images, these works reflect the richness of life on, beneath and beside the waves through time. The artists involved in the exhibition are: Rua Barron, David Begley, Zillah Bowes, Gillian Brownson, Kathy D’Arcy, Jon Gower, Robert Jakes, Julie Merriman, Peter Murphy, Augustine O’Donoghue, Marged Pendrell, Hannah Power, Peter Stevenson and Jacob Whittaker.

A buffet-style reception will be followed by spoken word performances by Peter Murphy and Gary Brown, and by showings of short creative and documentary films.

Book now: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/ports-past-and-present-exhibition-launch-and-film-screening-tickets-389590003187


Mary-Ann Constantine – Rebels and Refugees: Irish Sea Crossings during the 1798 Rebellion

Wednesday 17 August, 6pm – EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, CHQ, Dublin

The ‘Ports, Past and Present Project’ has been exploring historic and contemporary links between Ireland and Wales through the five port towns of Dublin, Holyhead, Rosslare, Fishguard and Pembroke Dock. In this talk, Professor Mary-Ann Constantine of the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies looks at the stories of some of those who crossed the sea to Wales during the turbulent period of the 1798 Uprising.

Some were rebels escaping reprisal; others simply fleeing from violence. Their experiences intersected with the journeys of people who travelled for leisure or business, and resonate powerfully with events of our own times.

Book now: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/rebels-and-refugees-irish-sea-crossings-during-the-1798-rebellion-tickets-382913674107


James L. Smith – Dublin Bay Biosphere: Past and Present, Biodiversity and Heritage

Thursday 18 August, 7pm – Zoom (online only)

Dublin Bay consists of seals and stories, culture and cuisine, birdlife and building projects, and mudflats and migration. In this talk, Dr James Louis Smith of the Ports, Past and Present project will explore some of the unexpected interconnected stories that bring the past to life while tying city to Bay, history to biosphere and past to present.

As the ferry enters or exits the Irish Sea on its journey to or from Holyhead in Wales, it passes through a designated 300km² UNESCO biosphere containing a population of 300,000 adjacent to a busy port and national capitol city. In its story-gathering work in the region, Ports, Past and Present has captured a cluster of these centuries-old intertwinings.

Book now: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/dublin-bay-biosphere-past-and-present-biodiversity-and-heritage-tickets-389602249817

The Ports, Past and Present project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme.