By Dan Walsh
Local Cllr Jim Moore, Cathaoirleach, Rosslare Municipal District performed the official launch of a maritime and village photographic exhibition entitled Kilmore Quay in the Rare ‘Ould Times by John Power in the Stella Maris Community Centre, Kilmore Quay, on Saturday.
Almost 4,000 images are in the John Power Collection and the exhibition is open to the public until next Thursday. There are many features including data on the coastguard since1825, the lifeboats from 1847, the arrival of the first motorised lifeboat in 1937, and images of the development of Kilmore Quay over centuries.
John Power was a commercial fisherman for more than 37 years and was secretary of the Kilmore Quay Fisherman’s Co-operative and chairman of the Irish Federation of Fisherman’s Co-operatives in the 1970’s. He also wrote three volumes entitled A Maritime History of County Wexford.
Sharing the exhibition space are Jack O’Leary and marine artist Brian Cleare, co-authors of the book The Sailing Ships of County Wexford.
It is John Power’s tenth exhibition and continues over five days until Thursday, November 25th with free admission each day. Opening hours 11am to 4.30pm.