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November 8, 2017

Kilkenny’s Yulefest or Waterford’s Winterval with Irish Ferries

Hop on a ferry to Ireland for a Celtic Christmas market, and come home with a car full of unique Irish gifts – and no baggage charges! Irish Ferries’ top tips for pre-Christmas shopping are Kilkenny’s Yulefest and Waterford’s Winterval.

Yulefest Kilkenny has something to see every day in December in this lively medieval city that’s approximately 90 minutes’ drive from either Rosslare or Dublin ferry ports.

As well as an indoor ice-rink at Cillin Hill and an illuminated Christmas Garden at Butler House, there’s a pop-up Made in Kilkenny shop at 76 John Street that’s open every day during the run-up to Christmas. The range of locally-crafted gifts includes ceramics, leather, wool and glass, plus beautiful jewellery and scented candles.

Add weekend street entertainment, food stalls and seasonal concerts and it’s easy to see why Kilkenny draws visitors from all over Ireland. See yulefestkilkenny.ie for the full programme.

Waterford City’s Winterval festival gets bigger each year, kicking off on 17 November 2017 with its Christmas light switch-on, offering a host of events up to Christmas.

New attractions for 2017 include the Waterford Eye and a giant Snow Globe photo booth, while established favourites are a vintage carousel and Ferris wheel plus the popular toy train rides.  Every weekend the streets around the Cathedral are filled with food, craft and gift stalls.  Waterford City is about 90 minutes’ drive from the port of Rosslare.  Further information at winterval.ie

Travel to Ireland with Irish Ferries, sailing from Holyhead into Dublin, or from Pembroke in south Wales into Rosslare.

Return ferry fares for a car and two adults currently start at £282.  Alternatively, a short-break package including two nights at the Tower Hotel in Waterford for two people sharing a room on a B&B basis AND return ferries costs from £356.

Fares and availability correct at date of issue.


08717 300 400,
www.irishferries.com


About Irish Ferries

  • 4 ships currently sailing between Ireland and the UK
  • The catamaran Dublin Swift is the only high-speed ferry on the Irish Sea with a crossing time as short as 1hr 49mins from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • The largest ship on the Irish Sea is cruise-ferry Ulysses at almost 50,000 tonnes and 12 decks high with superb on-bard facilities: crossing time 3hrs 15mins from Holyhead to Dublin.
  • Holyhead/Dublin route served by Dublin Swift, Ulysses and ferry Epsilon. Drive times to Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2hrs; from Birmingham 3hrs.
  • Pembroke/Rosslare route (crossing time 4hrs) usually served by cruise-ferry Isle of Inishmore. Drive time to Pembroke from Cardiff 2hrs; from Bristol 2hrs 30mins.
  • Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available on most ships.
  • Ship-wide free WiFi.

 

Press and pictures contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR: jane@beaconpr.co.uk  01572 748 800

November 6, 2017

Irish Ferries Launches 2018 Schedule, incorporating its amazing new Cruise Ferry W.B. Yeats

Irish Ferries has unveiled its 2018 sailing schedule, incorporating the capacity offered by its €144 million cruise ferry W.B. Yeats.

The new ferry – currently being built in Germany – is expected to weigh in at 55,000 tonnes, making it the largest as well as the most luxurious ferry to operate on the Irish Sea.

W.B. Yeats will sail between Holyhead and Dublin from mid-September 2018, delivering additional capacity for 1,885 passengers and crew and 1,200 cars per crossing, onto the busiest ferry route between the UK and Ireland.

Fabulous facilities on the new ship will include a Club Class lounge with direct passenger access from the car decks, à la carte and self-service restaurants, a cinema, a shopping mall, a choice of bars and lounges and an outside promenade deck.  There will also be 441 cabins, including luxury suites with their own private balconies.

Before going into service on the Holyhead to Dublin route, W.B. Yeats will add much-needed high season capacity between Ireland and France.

After her maiden voyage on 6 July 2018, the new ship will offer Irish holidaymakers a cruise style travel experience, sailing between Dublin and Cherbourg throughout the summer.  When coupled with the existing vessel the Oscar Wilde, which currently serves the route, it will double the number of sailings between the two countries, with planned daily departures in alternate directions.

In another schedule change, the high-speed Dublin Swift catamaran, which crosses between Holyhead and Dublin in as little as one hour and 49 minutes, will provide a summer-only service in 2018.

For full schedule details visit the ‘Routes and Times’ section of www.irishferries.com

ARTIST’S IMPRESSION of the new ship available

About Irish Ferries

–        Currently five vessels in the fleet: cruise-ferries Ulysses, Isle of Inishmore and Oscar Wilde, ferry Epsilon and the fast catamaran Dublin Swift.

–        UK routes are Holyhead/Dublin; Pembroke/Rosslare. France routes are Dublin/Cherbourg; Rosslare/Roscoff and Rosslare/Cherbourg.

–        Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available.

–        Free WiFi.

Press and pictures contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR: jane@beaconpr.co.uk

October 18, 2017

Irish Ferries is ‘Best Ferry or Fixed Link Operator’ for Coach and Group Travel for a second year running…

Irish Ferries has once again been voted ‘Best Ferry or Fixed Link Operator’ at the Group Leisure & Travel Awards 2017 held on Wednesday night.

Speaking at the ceremony, Marie McCarthy, Irish Ferries’ dedicated Coach and Groups Manager, said:  “We are delighted to have won this award for a second year running and would like to thank Group Leisure readers who voted for us, we are all genuinely thrilled.
The ferry company’s dedicated Groups department provides support to thousands of group organisers every year, both during and after the planning process for trips to Ireland, whether the group is heading out to the Wild Atlantic Way, exploring Ireland’s Ancient East or simply heading to everyone’s favourite Irish city – Dublin!

Marie McCarthy, Irish Ferries’ dedicated Coach and Groups Manager, is well-known across the travel industry and on collecting the award said, “Everyone at Irish Ferries is so thrilled with our ‘Best Ferry Operator’ award. We constantly pride and measure ourselves on the quality of our fleet and the high levels of service offered by all staff – both in our offices and on board our ships – and we are so grateful to have this recognised by all the Group Leisure readers who voted for us. Many, many thanks from all of us to all of you.”

“Irish Ferries’ popularity with groups is based on our reliability and value, as well as the first class facilities offered to coach drivers, the support given to elderly and less mobile passengers and of course, extra services such as real-time sailing updates via our mobile-friendly website and ship-wide Wi-Fi.”

She added, “This is a very exciting time for Irish Ferries as we’re currently expecting delivery of a brand new ship next year at a cost of €144 million. In terms of the space and accommodation on board, the new ship will be the largest cruise ferry on the Irish Sea, will without doubt raise ferry travel to a new level of luxury and I just know our group passengers are going to absolutely love it!”

When the new ferry comes into service in 2018, it will accommodate 1,885 passengers and crew. Spread over four decks, passenger accommodation will consist of 440 cabins, amongst them luxury suites with views out to sea from their own private balconies, as well as a choice of deluxe and standard class accommodation.

Described as being ‘truly cruise class’, on-board facilities will include a choice of bars and lounge space, á la carte and self-service restaurants, cinemas, a shopping mall and an exclusive Club Class lounge.

Pictured (attached) left to right:  Tim Fleming (Arena Group Travel), Ann Pye (Irish Ferries’ Holidays Manager), Marie MCarthy (Irish Ferries’ dedicated Coach and Groups Manager) and magician Ben Hanlin.

www.irishferries.com

Group Reservations: 0151 242 1615

About Irish Ferries

  • Routes: Holyhead to Dublin and Pembroke to Rosslare.
  • Drive times: Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2 hours; from Birmingham 3 hours. Pembroke from Cardiff 2 hours; from Bristol 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • Crossing times: the Dublin Swift is the only ‘fastcraft’ on the Irish Sea and offers the shortest crossing in as little as 1 hour 49 minutes. Ferry Holyhead to Dublin is 3 hours 15 minutes. Ferry Pembroke to Rosslare is 4 hours.
  • Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available.
  • Ship-wide free WiFi.

 

Press and pictures contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR: jane@beaconpr.co.uk  01572 748 800

 

 

October 9, 2017

Irish Ferries Chooses W.B. Yeats as the Name of its New Cruise Ferry

Irish Ferries has revealed the name of its new €144 million cruise ferry. It will be christened W.B. Yeats – after Ireland’s most-loved poet – when it arrives in Dublin next year.

The name was chosen after it had drawn ‘strong support’ from the public in a competition that attracted nearly 100,000 entries from both sides of the Irish Sea.

According to a spokesman: ‘it was clear from the poll that there is widespread public affection for W.B. Yeats due to his extraordinary writing, his contribution to Irish theatre, and to Irish society.’

Acclaimed as one of the greatest poets of the 20th century and one of Ireland’s foremost literary figures, William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin and educated in Ireland and London. Recipient of a Nobel Prize for Literature, he helped to found Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. Amongst the poems for which he is most fondly remembered is ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’, a composition inspired by his many holiday visits to Sligo, where, in a churchyard beneath Ben Bulben, his remains now rest.

The decision by Irish Ferries to name their new vessel W.B. Yeats is one that continues the tradition adopted by the company of selecting names drawn from the world of Irish literature.

Commenting, Irish Ferries’ head of passenger sales Dermot Merrigan said: “In choosing W.B. Yeats from the many whose works are revered by Irish people and students of literature the world over, we have selected one that will give the new vessel its own distinct identity and stir memories of a poet who is held in high esteem by so many, in Ireland and abroad”.

When built, the W.B. Yeats will have space for 1,885 passengers and crew, 1,200 cars and 440 cabins including luxury suites with their own private balconies. Other facilities will include a Club Class lounge with direct passenger access from the car decks, á la carte and self-service restaurants, cinema, shopping mall, choice of bars and lounges and dedicated facilities for pets.  Freight drivers will have their own exclusive areas of the ship.

The new vessel is expected to sail on Dublin/Holyhead and Ireland/France routes from mid-summer 2018.

www.irishferries.com

 

ARTIST’S IMPRESSION of the new ship available

 

About Irish Ferries

–        Currently five vessels in the fleet: Ulysses, Isle of Inishmore, Oscar Wilde, Epsilon and the Jonathan Swift fast catamaran.

–        Routes include Holyhead to Dublin; Pembroke to Rosslare; Dublin to Cherbourg; Rosslare to Roscoff.

–        Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available.

–        Ship-wide free WiFi.

 

Press and pictures contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR: jane@beaconpr.co.uk  01572 748 800

September 28, 2017

Autumn Tours of Ireland’s Ancient East with Irish Ferries

Myths, monastic ruins and medieval castles: the south-east corner of Ireland is packed with history and there’s no better way to discover it all than on a self-drive tour with Irish Ferries.

The company’s Holidays team advises and books tailor-made touring holidays. For example a seven-night holiday, staying in welcoming four-star hotels , with ‘the full Irish’ breakfast each morning, and including return ferry crossings for a car costs £499 per person this autumn, when two people share a double room and travel together.

Sail into Dublin on the Ulysses’ afternoon cruise and overnight just south of the city at the turreted Fitzpatricks Castle hotel on the hill above fashionable Killiney.

On day two, drive through the scenic Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough. Here, in a beautiful valley and lakeside setting are the remains of a monastic city, founded in the 6th century by St Kevin.  It’s a magical spot. From here it’s a short drive to the next hotel: superb Brook Lodge at Macreddin which boasts Ireland’s first certified organic restaurant.

On day three, it’s time to discover medieval Kilkenny, which not only has an ancient castle, an abbey and a cathedral, but is home to Ireland’s oldest beer: Smithwicks. A couple of nights at the contemporary Pembroke Hotel, just behind the castle, provides a break from driving, since the location is so central.

On day five, head south to Waterford City, where the elegant Athenaeum House Hotel offers a warm welcome and riverside location for two nights. Waterford was founded by the Vikings and its treasures are on show at the Medieval Museum, while other ancient sites include the round Reginald’s Tower.

For the final night in Ireland, head to Wexford Town for a good nights’ sleep at the Talbot  Hotel, before catching the Isle of Inishmore’s morning sailing from Rosslare to Pembroke.

08717 300 400, www.irishferries.com/holidays

About Irish Ferries

  • Routes: Holyhead to Dublin and Pembroke to Rosslare.
  • Drive times: Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2 hours; from Birmingham 3 hours. Pembroke from Cardiff 2 hours; from Bristol 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • Crossing times: the Dublin Swift is the only ‘fastcraft’ on the Irish Sea and offers the shortest crossing in as little as 1 hour 49 minutes. Ferry Holyhead to Dublin is 3 hours 15 minutes. Ferry Pembroke to Rosslare is 4 hours.
  • Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, free refreshments etc) available.
  • Ship-wide free WiFi.

 

Press and pictures contact Jane Williams at Beacon PR: jane@beaconpr.co.uk  01572 748 800

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