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May 14, 2018

Self-drive Half Term Break in Ireland: £568 total including Ferry

Ireland’s sunny south-east corner is the ideal half term break destination, with five-night stays at Irish Ferries’ holiday cottages costing from just £568 for a family of up to five, including return ferry crossings for car and family.

Counties Wicklow and Wexford are easy to reach by ferry via Dublin or Rosslare, and the crossing time (around three to four hours depending on route) is just right for enjoying onboard facilities like the entertainment centre or the cinema, as well as restaurants and promenade deck.

And during May half term, a five-night break at either Aughrim Holiday Village or Glenbeg Point Holiday Homes costs just £568 including ferry travel.

Aughrim Holiday Village in County Wicklow is an attractive cluster of cottages. The three-storey holiday homes sit in landscaped grounds a short walk from Aughrim village, where there’s a shop and pub, plus a warm welcome at the bar and restaurant within the Lawless Hotel.  The houses offer modern open-play living spaces and three ensuite bedrooms (double, twin, single) to sleep a family of up to five.

Aughrim is a great base from which to visit family-friendly attractions such as Greenan Maze, Kia Ora Mini Farm and Wicklow Gaol. The beautiful beach at Brittas Bay is half an hour’s drive, and another beautiful spot is ancient Glendalough, once a monastic settlement beside a beautiful lake.

Glenbeg Point Holiday Homes are only three kilometres from the popular family resort of Courtown on the Wexford coast. The collection of pet-friendly cottages offer modern family accommodation, each with three bedrooms (two bathrooms) to sleep a family of five. There’s also a children’s play area and tennis court onsite. Nearby attractions include a seal rescue centre and Courtown’s indoor/outdoor adventure centre.

08717 300 400 www.irishferries.com

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About Irish Ferries

  • 4 ships currently sailing between Ireland and the UK
  • Irish Ferries offers the most varied and exciting fleet sailing to Ireland: the twin-hullled catamaran Dublin Swift is the biggest high-speed ferry, and the cruise-ferry Ulysses is currently the largest ship on the Irish Sea, being 12 decks high and weighing in at almost 50,000 tonnes and superb on-board facilities.
  • Drive times: to Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2hrs; from Birmingham 3hrs.
  • Pembroke/Rosslare route 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

May 2, 2018

New ‘Dublin Swift’ catamaran on Irish Sea

Irish Ferries is boosting services between the UK and Ireland with the introduction of the upgraded, high speed Dublin Swift twin-hulled catamaran, which has just entered service following a full internal refurbishment. It replaces the Jonathan Swift which has been in service since 1999.

This addition to the fleet speeds across the Irish Sea at a cruising speed of 35 knots. It operates two crossings a day, in each direction between Holyhead in north Wales, and Dublin port.

The new Dublin Swift has greater car (220 vehicles) and passenger (820 people) capacity, making it the largest fast ferry on the Irish Sea. It offers a completely redesigned interior and a significantly upgraded level of passenger accommodation, which is all on one deck.

Onboard facilities include a dedicated TV Snug, cafeteria, self-service restaurant and games area. Passengers are spoilt for choice with spacious seating in the standard cabin, while the Club Class lounge at the front of the Dublin Swift (supplement £16 each way) offers  plush reclining seats with sea views,  complementary refreshments and in-seat phone/media charging points. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout.

Dublin Swift fares start at £154 for a car and two adults (one way).

Reservations: www.irishferries.com  08717 300 400  

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Written and distributed by Beacon PR

Images available from Jane Williams, 01572 748 800, jane@beaconpr.co.uk

April 11, 2018

Irish Ferries: National Ferry Fortnight Update

The Irish Sea welcomes a €150 million cruise ferry this season, with the W.B. Yeats arriving in mid-summer.

During the summer IRISH FERRIES’ huge new ship will first of all provide Irish holidaymakers with amazing trips to France, and then from September 2018 will offer travellers between Holyhead and Dublin the most luxurious service on the Irish Sea.

At 195 metres long and weighing in at just under 55,000 tonnes W.B. Yeats will have capacity for up to 1,885 passengers and crew, and space for 1039 vehicles on the car decks.

Impressive facilities will include 435 cabins including suites with outside balconies, plus fabulous public areas from restaurants and bars to Club Class lounge and on-board cinema and shops.

The ship’s name, W.B. Yeats, was chosen following a competition which attracted almost 100,000 entries from members of the public on both sides of the Irish Sea.

REST OF FLEET

The Dublin Swift, the only high-speed ferry on the Irish Sea, it is a catamaran capable of crossing from Holyhead to Dublin in as little as 1 hour 49 minutes.

Ulysses, the largest ship on the Irish Sea at 50,000 tonnes, with superb facilities for passengers sailing between Holyhead and Dublin twice each day, in each direction (journey time approx 3 hours 15 minutes).

Epsilon sailing Holyhead/Dublin and Dublin/France.

Isle of Inishmore sailing twice daily between Pembroke and Rosslare in 4 hours.

Oscar Wilde sailing between Rosslare and Cherbourg/Roscoff.

FARES

Holyhead/Dublin and Pembroke/Rosslare fares start at £79 one-way for a car, and with passengers from £30 each way for the UK market.

The equivalent €uro fares start at €89 one-way for a car, with passengers from €30.

FEATURES

  • Club Class (priority boarding, reserved seating, complimentary drinks and snacks, magazines and newspapers) available on all ships except Epsilon. £16 (or €18) supplement per person each way.
  • Ship-wide free WiFi.
  • Restaurants, bars, lounges, shops, children’s facilities and cinemas on all ships except Epsilon.
  • Pets (with appropriate documentation) carried free of charge either in the passenger vehicle or on-board kennel.

HOLIDAY PROGRAMME

Irish Ferries Holidays can combine ferry travel with accommodation to create great-value packages at hand-picked hotels, family-friendly holiday cottages and at hundreds of B&Bs.

Special offers include free nights at hotels, free places for children under 16 and free weeks at holiday cottages on selected dates.

DRIVE TIMES TO PORTS

To Holyhead from Liverpool or Manchester 2hrs; from Birmingham 3hrs.

To Pembroke from Cardiff 2hrs; from Bristol 2hrs 30mins.

www.irishferries.com  08717 300 400

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Irish Ferries YouTube channel, with footage of W.B. Yeats build and launch : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FWoEWcOS48

 

Artist’s impressions and images of the new ship available from jane@beaconpr.co.uk

April 4, 2018

Irish Ferries ‘Sweet Deal’: Save 20% on Sailings to Ireland

Irish Ferries has a sweet deal for travel to Ireland. The ferry company is discounting 2018 fares to Ireland by 20% – but hurry, bookings must be made by midnight on Tuesday 10 April!

These Spring Sale savings are on ALL ferry sailings between the UK and Ireland, INCLUDING the high-speed Dublin Swift catamaran.

This offer is valid for travel through to 18 December 2018, including May Bank Holiday, spring and autumn half terms and peak summer holidays, making this a fantastic opportunity for families.

“There’s so much to do and see in Ireland this year, from visiting Star Wars film locations to the Pope’s visit in August,” says head of passenger sales Dermot Merrigan.

“This is a brilliant offer to tempt families and other travellers to book a trip to Ireland and make significant savings.”

Bookings must be made 48 hours in advance of travel, and by midnight on 10 April.

Fares for a car and driver start at just £79 one-way. Terms and conditions apply.

With the offer, a family of two adults and two children under 16 travelling by car in August with reservations in Club Class can save £125.

Irish Ferries www.irishferries.com 08717 300 400,

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

 

About Irish Ferries

  • 4 ships currently sailing between Ireland and the UK
  • New cruise ferry W.B.Yeats launches this summer
  • 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 currently 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.
February 21, 2018

Family Holidays in Ireland this Easter: save 10%

Irish Ferries Holidays has a host of hand-picked holiday cottages and hotels that can be packaged up with return self-drive ferry crossings for a great-value inclusive holiday – and if booked by 28 February there’s a saving of 10% on normal prices!

Ireland’s sunny south-east corner is easy to reach by ferry into either Dublin or Rosslare: a three to four-hour crossing is the perfect length for children to enjoy the cruise ferry’s entertainment centre, watch a film in the on-board cinema or take a (supervised) walk on deck to spot other ships.

And if booked by 28 February, a week between 29 March and 15 April costs as little as £547 for a family of five, saving 10% – and that’s including ferry travel!  That’s for seven nights at Aughrim Holiday Village in County Wicklow, where a cluster of cottages is perfectly placed for discovering Ireland’s Ancient East.

The attractive three-storey holiday homes sit in landscaped grounds a short walk from Aughrim village, where there’s a shop and pub, plus a warm welcome at the bar and restaurant within the Lawless Hotel.  All houses offer modern open-play living spaces and three ensuite bedrooms (double, twin, single) to sleep a family of up to five.

Aughrim is a great base from which to visit family-friendly attractions with Easter activities such as Greenan Maze, Kia Ora Mini Farm and Wicklow Gaol. The beautiful beach at Brittas Bay is half an hour’s drive, and another beautiful spot is ancient Glendalough, once a monastic settlement beside a beautiful lake.

08717 300 400 www.irishferries.com 

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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

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