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Irish Ferries celebrate 20 years of Rosslare Roscoff service

8th July 2015 - 2:30pm

The most frequently travelled passenger on the route is Lisburn engineer, Dr. David Artt.  On his most recent sailing, Dr. Artt and his wife Margaret were welcomed by Capt. Steven O’Mara, Master of the cruise ferry Oscar Wilde who presented him with a souvenir picture of the vessel

The most frequently travelled passenger on the route is Lisburn engineer, Dr. David Artt. On his most recent sailing, Dr. Artt and his wife Margaret were welcomed by Capt. Steven O’Mara, Master of the cruise ferry Oscar Wilde who presented him with a souvenir picture of the vessel

Irish Ferries is this year celebrating the 20th anniversary of its service from Rosslare to the French port of Roscoff.   Inaugurated in Summer 1995, it was introduced to compliment the company’s then established services to Normandy, via the ports of Cherbourg and Le Havre and to provide passengers with a direct service to/from Brittany, a region popular amongst Irish holidaymakers.   In recognition of what it terms ‘the strong cultural links’ that exist between Brittany and Ireland, the intention at the time, according to the company, was to provide a regular and convenient service for Irish and Breton holidaymakers whilst facilitating the development of closer trade links between the two regions.

Since its introduction, the service has continued without interruption serviced in turn by the vessels St. Patrick II, St. Killian II, Normandy and the present cruise ferry, Oscar Wilde.   Today, services to Roscoff form an important part of the wider Irish Ferries Ireland / France route network, one that includes year-round services from Rosslare to Cherbourg and a recently introduced, once-weekly return service from Dublin.

Over its two decades in operation, services to Roscoff have recorded some 1,230 ferry arrivals and departures.   Passenger carryings on the route are in excess of 1.5 million passengers and 400,000 vehicles.   Expressing pride in their links to Roscoff and of the relationship that the company enjoys with port, tourism and trade interests in the region, Dermot Merrigan (Irish Ferries Head of Passenger Sales) said, ‘The popularity of the route with our customers each and every year underlines the wisdom of our decision to include Roscoff in our network of services to and from France.”

“‘Moreover, the volume of traffic that the route has generated gives an indication of the economic benefit it has brought to Roscoff and its wider hinterland, as well as to tourism and other commercial interests in the South East of Ireland, and throughout the wider Brittany region,” Mr. Merrigan added.


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