The Port of Rosslare, or Rosslare-Europort is the port in southern Ireland closest to the UK and European mainland. All the major roll-on roll-off passenger and freight services operate from Rosslare-Europort on the southern Irish Sea and Continental ferry routes.
Rosslare-Europort has four main berths to accommodate ferries. In 2001, it handled 1.25 million passengers, 320,000 passenger vehicles, 108,000 freight units and 57,000 trade cars, following major refurbishment works the previous year. A vehicle traffic system was developed, the passenger information system improved and storage areas for freight and trade vehicles expanded.
Rosslare-Europort provides, at the passenger terminal, a children s play area, baby changing facilities, car rental, shops, bureau de change, a department of agriculture and immigration facilities. Bus Eireann coaches operates transfers around the road network of Ireland from Rosslare Harbour.
Rosslare Attractions. Rosslare is the original holiday resort in Wexford and is famous for its warm Irish welcome from people with a strong tradition in hospitality. Rosslare, which is popular for quiet weekend breaks, mid-week breaks or annual summer holidays, is located five miles from Rosslare-Europort and 10 miles from the town of Wexford.
Around Rosslare Harbour is picturesque countryside with villages, towns, parks and beautiful scenery. Kilmore Quay is a particularly attractive fishing village and it is possible to trace 9,000 years of Irish culture and history at the Irish National Heritage Park, set in over 30 acres of land.
Rosslare, better known as the sunny south east , has a mostly dry climate with plenty of sunshine in the summer months, making it an ideal golf resort. Families, meanwhile, can enjoy the safe and sandy five-mile long beach at Rosslare. Fishing from the beaches and angling in the sea is also popular in Rosslare.
Rosslare offers a variety of fine guesthouses and hotels as well as bed and breakfast accommodation. There are also plenty of pubs, shops and restaurants. The most famous hotel in Rosslare is the Kelly's Hotel, which has leisure and sports facilities, and the bars offer traditional music sessions on summer evenings.
Other attractions of Rosslare include Rosslare Fort, which was built in 1642 as a safeguard against possible invasion of the city of Wexford. It was invaded by the forces of Oliver Cromwell and, in 1924, destroyed by a tidal wave. The remains of the fort can be seen today when the tides are out. Yola Farmsted Folk Park, located in the Harbour, is a recreation of the eighteenth century village life in Ireland. In the restored farmhouse visitors can dine in Granny's Kitchen, with its authentic open fire and old world feel, and observe one of the country's few working windmills. Johnstown Castle was donated to the state to be used for agricultural education and research and while the gothic style mansion is not open to the public, the 50 acres of garden surrounding it are well worth a visit.
Rosslare Access. Rosslare Port is an excellent gateway to the east, south-east, west, south-west and midlands via the N11/N25 road network. The N25 road from the west leads straight to Rosslare Port, which is situated just south of Rosslare town via Kilrane. Alternatively, the R736 leads from the south of Ireland. This road connects with the N25.