ABOUT | Getting there | Acknowledgements | Media

Port Walks is an art project by Sheelagh Broderick, commissioned by Dublin Port as part of Port Perspectives program of site-specific public artworks. The intention of the project is to create a link between Dublin Port recreational walkers and the seafaring crews that enter the Port each day. The Great South Wall is a particular focus of interest because of its proximity to ship traffic entering and leaving the Port.

Research was carried out at the Seafarer Centre on Alexandra road in Dublin Port, where interviews were conducted with visiting seafarers. The Mission to Seafarers is an anchor partner, providing a base as well as mediating introductions to visiting ships.

Port Walks Review 2017  is a catalogue publication with contributions from Dr Jackie Bourke, Declan McGonagle, Eamonn O’Reilly and Katherine Atkinson.

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GETTING THERE : Public Transport | Bike| Car | Map

Public Transport

Dublin Bus routes 118 and 47 will drop you in Sandymount which is a five minute or so walk to the Beach Road. To reach the Poolbeg Lighthouse at the end of the Wall will take roughly an hour. The nearest Dart station is Sandymount Station and is a 20 minute walk from the edge of Irishtown Nature Park. It will take over an hour to walk to the Lighthouse. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes!


There are no bike stands to lock your bike to but there are several poles that could be used instead. The Wall is cobblestoned so not comfortable for cycling. The Great South Wall is not served by Dublin Bikes.


From the North cross the river at the tolled East Link bridge and proceed to roundabout (A), from the South approach roundabout (A) via Sean Moore Rd. See map below for exact routes. The approach by car is quite industrialised you will pass, the Pigeon House Towers, container parks and the new incinerator on the way. Once you pass these, you will see the Great South Wall and Dublin Bay. The Shelly Banks Car park (B) is a small parking lot near the Great South Wall. Signage recommends not to leave any valuable possessions visible.




Many thanks to the seafarers who agreed to be interviewed, but whose names are being kept confidential.

Research was conducted at the Seafarers Centre at Dublin Port with the support of Rev Willie Black, Noeleen Hogan, Dermot Desmond, Ed Taylor & the volunteers of the Mission to Seafarers, Rose Kearney of Stella Maris and Michael Whelan of the International Transport Federation who were generous in sharing time and experience.

Episode 1:

Linda Buckley Fiol for String Trio (2008) was commissioned by the Rothko String Trio with funds provided by the Arts Council of Ireland. The soundworld of this piece was inspired by the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle (hardingfele). ‘Fiol’ was the predominant term used for ‘fiddle’ in Danish Norwegian of the 17th and 18th centuries. This instrument is mainly used for the performance of Norwegian folk music and is similar in construction to the violin, but with eight or nine strings. Four of the strings are strung and played like a violin, and the remaining strings, called ‘sympathetic strings’ resonate ‘in sympathy’ with the other four.  The trio is approached as a single twelve-stringed ‘meta-instrument’ rather than as three separate voices, almost like a hardingfele or Baroque viola d’amore with sympathetic resonating strings. Fiol is performed by Mairéad Hickey (vn), Georgy Kovalev (va), Ella van Poucke (vc)

Chumbawumba The Good Ship Lifestyle (1997) from the album Tubthumping

Episode 2:

Pantaleimon  Even If Love (Eclipse) (2008) from the album Heart of the Sun written by William Oldham & performed by Andria Degens & Susan Stenger

Episode 3:

Ewa Gigon  Cutting Through Clouds (2017)

Raymond Deane Sea Changes (with Danse Macabre) (1993) for piccolo, violin, cello, piano and percussion performed by Nancy Ruffer, Darragh Morgan, Andrew Shrimshire, Ian Pac and Jo May. Conducted by Mikel Toms


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Chua, C. (2015)  In Non-Places, No One Can Hear You Cry Blog Post

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Ruggunan, S. (2016) Waves of Change: Globalisation and Seafaring Labour Markets

Sekula, A (1995) Fish Story Dusseldorf Richter Verlag

Sekula, A (2012) The Forgotten Space, distributed by DocEye (NL)

Seafarers International Research Centre, University of Cardiff, provide a ready reference of academic and non academic publications.

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Sampson, H. and Bloor, M. (2007) ‘When Jack gets out the box: the problems of regulating a global industry’, Sociology, 41(3): 551-569. DOI: 10.1177/0038038507076623.

Sampson, H. (2016) “Seabirds Matter More Than Us!” Understanding the Complex Exercise of CSR in the Global Shipping IndustryJournal of Sustainable Mobility, 3(2):101-119. DOI 10.9774/GLEAF.23502016de.00007.

Urbina, I (2015) The Outlaw Oceans New York Times


Deployed Overseas Filipino Workers 2014-2015

International Labour Organisation (2006) Maritime Labour Convention


The Dissonance of Things #6 Logistics – Violence, Empire and Resistance


News Four 15 August 2017

Liberty July 2017 P25

RTE 1 Seascapes 7th July 2017 (clip begins at 00:04:00)

RTE 1 Seascapes 30th June 2017 (clip begins at 00:23:55)

RTE 1 Arena 21st June 2017


Dublin City Council Lets Walk and Talk Programme

The Irish Times Women Podcast Episode 108 27/04/2017

Ringsend Irishtown Community Centre Radio 27/04/2017