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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

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

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