Portalis is a 20 month pilot project exploring the earliest connection between Ireland and Wales dating back to the Early Mesolithic period, (Middle Stone Age), known for its greater innovation and diversity. We do this by consolidating existing evidence and providing new data through which an exciting cross-border visitor experience at Waterford Museum of Treasures (Ireland) and Ceredigion Museum (Wales) will map the story of this first journey in the context of contemporary resilience and climate adaptation for both local coastal communities and their visitors. Using a range of different techniques including drilled core sampling, excavation, lab analysis, citizen archaeology, visitor experience design including film and virtual reality, App design including a 3D online exhibition. Portalis supports community and business engagement and long term sustainability, resulting in the establishment of two new experiential tourism and cultural networks.


Partner ERDF (€) Total Project Budget (€)
Waterford Institute of Technology 833028 1040863
University of Wales, Trinity Saint David 616893 771116
Ceredigion County Council 43670 54588
Waterford Chamber of Commerce 68737 86344

Location of Activity


  • Waterford
  • Wexford


  • Ceredigion

Partner Contacts

Name Organisation Email Telephone
Joy Rooney Waterford Institute of Technology jrooney@wit.ie