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September 25, 2017

Family Ferry Holidays at October Half Term from £454

Families looking for a great value half term holiday will find a self-drive escape with Irish Ferries Holidays hard to beat. A five-night break between 21 and 29 October, including cottage rental and return ferry crossings for the car and all the family, costs from just £454.

That’s in the wooded heart of County Wicklow, where Aughrim Holiday Village is set between the mountains and the sea. Each of the cottages has three en-suite bedrooms, (double, twin and single) so can accommodate a family of five. There’s a comfortable living room and open-plan kitchen-diner and the pretty village centre – with a couple of pubs – is no more than five minutes’ walk away.

Riverside Aughrim is well placed for days out: the beautiful lake at Glendalough is half an hour away, the seaside at Brittas Bay the same. Nearby are horse-riding stables, walking trails and a Paul McGinley designed golf course, while fishing and Gaelic games are popular in Aughrim itself.

Aughrim is about 90 minutes drive from each of Irish Ferries’ ports: Dublin (for ferries from Holyhead) and Rosslare (for ferries from Pembroke).

This is just one of over 30 different locations around Ireland where Irish Ferries offers self-drive cottage holidays, including the West Coast and County Cork.

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

September 13, 2017

Irish Ferries wants ‘a big name for a big ship’

Irish Ferries is looking for a name for its new 55,000 tonne cruise ferry, currently being built in Germany.

The huge ship is costing around €144 million and is due to come into service next summer.

The ferry company has launched a competition at a special website, www.bigshipbigname.com where anyone – whether Irish or not – can suggest a name.

But don’t even THINK about suggesting ‘Boaty O’Boatface’ or something similarly flaky.

Oh no. Irish Ferries takes its ships seriously and is looking for another ‘literary’ name to stack up alongside its existing fleet, which includes Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift and Ulysses.

“We’re looking for a name that conveys a real sense of Ireland and the country’s literary past, with an emotional appeal not only to the Irish people, but to anyone who sails on the amazing new ship,” says Irish Ferries head of passenger sales, Dermot Merrigan.

All suggestions – which must be made by 29 September 2017 – will go into the draw with a first prize of free travel for life on Irish Ferries.

The new ferry is already being described as being ‘truly cruise class’, with a choice of bars and lounge space, à la carte and self-service restaurants, cinemas, a shopping mall and an exclusive Club Class lounge with private passenger access direct from the vehicle decks.

As well as room for over 1,800 passengers and crew, and more than 500 cars there will be 440 cabins including luxury suites with private balconies, as well as a choice of deluxe and standard class accommodation.

Operational and scheduling details will be announced in due course.

 

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 7, 2017

Agents invited to suggest ‘a big name for a big ship’

Irish Ferries is encouraging travel agents in Ireland and the UK to suggest a name for the company’s new 55,000 tonne cruise ferry.

The ship is currently being built in Germany at a cost of €144 million and is due to come into service next summer.

Irish Ferries is looking for ‘a big name for a big ship’ that conveys a sense of Ireland and the country’s literary past, with an emotional appeal not only to the Irish people, but to anyone who sails on the amazing new ship.

“We’re looking for a name that stacks up – in the literary sense – alongside our current fleet that already includes Ulysses, Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift,” says Irish Ferries head of passenger sales Dermot Merrigan.

“All suggestions will go into the draw with a first prize of free travel for life on Irish Ferries.”

Agents are invited to visit www.bigshipbigname.com to enter the competition, which has a closing date of 29 September 2017.

The new ferry is already being described as being ‘truly cruise class’, with a choice of bars and lounge space, à la carte and self-service restaurants, cinemas, a shopping mall and an exclusive Club Class lounge with private passenger access direct from the vehicle decks.

As well as room for over 1,800 passengers and crew, and more than 500 cars there will be 440 cabins including luxury suites with private balconies, as well as a choice of deluxe and standard class accommodation.

Operational and scheduling details will be announced in due course.

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 6, 2017

£228 for a Weekend in Ireland with Irish Ferries

Three nights in a castle hotel overlooking Dublin Bay at just £228 is a great offer from Irish Ferries, travelling between now and 30 September.

That’s the price per person for a self-drive package that includes cruise ferry travel to Ireland for a car, and three nights sharing a double or twin room at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, with ‘the full Irish’ breakfast each morning: bargain!

The welcoming four-star hotel is superbly set on the brow of Killiney Hill, overlooking Dublin Bay and the upmarket suburb of Killiney.  It’s a fantastic choice for a weekend that blends country-house relaxation and coastal walks with Dublin sightseeing: the DART light railway is 15 minutes’ walk from the hotel and has a regular service into the city centre.

The heart of the hotel dates to 1740, with the Grill Restaurant in the former dungeon, a welcoming Library Bar, and PJ’s Restaurant. 21st century facilities include the indoor 20 metre pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

From Fitzpatrick Castle the sweep of Killiney Beach – a great place for a Sunday morning stroll – or the pretty village of Dalkey are both about 15 minutes walk in opposite directions. Killiney Hill itself offers walks and spectacular views to Dublin, to the sea and to the Wicklow Mountains.

Sail from Holyhead on Anglesey into Dublin on Irish Ferries’ Epsilon, its flagship Ulysses or (at a supplement) the fastest craft on the Irish Sea, the Dublin Swift catamaran, with up to six departures a day in each direction.

08717 300 400, www.irishferries.com/holidays

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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

July 26, 2017

Spraoi – Ireland’s biggest street festival is 25 years old!

SpraoiWaterordFireworks2Head to Waterford in Ireland for the 25th annual Spraoi International Street Arts Festival, proudly sponsored by Irish Ferries.

Pronounced ‘spree’, the Irish word Spraoi can be translated as ‘fun’ or ‘celebration’.

It’s a word that perfectly describes this joyous celebration of music, movement, colour and spectacle at dozens of venues on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 4, 5 and 6 August 2017.

All events are free, and the medieval streets of Ireland’s oldest city set beside the River Suir are a perfect backdrop for the event.

Waterford is within 90 minutes’ drive of Irish Ferries’ port of Rosslare: the Isle of Inishmore sails in twice a day from Pembroke, making Spraoi perfect for a long weekend break.

Spraoi attracts more than 30,000 visitors for three days of street entertainment and festivities, finishing on Sunday night with a carnival through the city centre and fireworks over the river.

Ferry fares for two adults travelling in their own car start at £278 return.

Irish Ferries Holidays can also book selected hotels and B&Bs in the area to create great-value self-drive packages.

08717 300 400, www.irishferries.com

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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