13 May 2022

Long Serving Director Joe Dreelan to retire from the Port of Waterford

The Port of Waterford Company has announced the imminent retirement of Joe Dreelan from the Board of Directors.


Mr Dreelan joined the Port of Waterford Company taking a seat as a non-executive director in 2014 having previously served as a Harbour Commissioner in the 1990’s for a similar 8 year period. Joe is now obliged to retire on completing the maximum term allowed under the corporate governance guidelines for State Bodies. Joe committed many hours to the planning of future work and projects at the Port and most recently, was particularly pleased that his proposal to name the new pilot cutter ‘Port Lairge’ was so enthusiastically adopted.


The Chair of the Port of Waterford Des Whelan says, “We are very sorry to lose Joe from the board. I know that I speak for the executive and his fellow directors when I say that we will greatly miss Joe’s very substantial maritime knowledge and experience.


Joe has a great passion for this area and for the Port and I greatly valued his support, objectivity and good council over the years. I think Joe can be very proud of his contribution to the work of the board which has seen substantial growth both in trade and in the numbers employed here. I know Joe is very proud of the good working relationship between management and staff in the port and the very positive culture that exists among the workforce.



Chairman Des Whelan, and CEO Frank Ronan, presenting Joe Dreelan with a piece of Waterford Crystal.


For the last two years, Joe has been Chairman of the Port of Waterford’s Heritage Subcommittee. It is very encouraging to see the port play a leading role in its management of the river and the promotion of its heritage and interaction with its riverside communities. It was wonderful to receive news this week of grant funding for the renovation of the much-loved Spider Mark at Passage East.

In years to come, I think the Master Plan drawn up by Port of Waterford will be seen as a hugely important piece of work and here the board played a central role in its drafting.

On behalf of the board and executive, I extend our thanks to Joe Dreelan for his work and commitment and wish him the very best for the future.

The Port of Waterford Company also recently announced the planned departure of the Company’s CEO as Frank Ronan reaches the end of his 7-year term this September. The Port of Waterford recruitment process for a new Chief Executive is currently live, details on the application process can be viewed at recruitireland.com