Wednesday 25 April 2018

€3m 'cruise ship' from Doolin to Aran Islands will be fastest on Irish coast

Wild Atlantic Way

Artist’s impression of the new Doolin2Aran Ferries cruise ship currently being built in France.
Artist’s impression of the new Doolin2Aran Ferries cruise ship currently being built in France.
Artist’s impression of the new Doolin2Aran Ferries cruise ship currently being built in France.
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Eugene Garrihy (far right) with shipbuilders on board the vessel in the early stage of the build at the OCEA Shipbuilding plant in La Rochelle, France
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A 26-metre 'cruise ship' will be the fastest of its type on the Irish coast when it launches from Doolin in this May, its owners say.

The €3 million vessel, which will sail from Doolin to the Aran Islands and offer Cliffs of Moher cruises, has been ordered by Co. Clare's Garrihy family.

The family, which runs Doolin2Aran Ferries, commissioned the ship from OCEA Shipbuilding in La Rochelle, France, in what it says is the "biggest single private transport infrastructure investment on the Wild Atlantic Way".

The 200-seat vessel, yet to be named, will include custom-built seating, air-con and an advanced computerised stability system on board, it says.

Eugene Garrihy (far right) with shipbuilders on board the vessel in the early stage of the build at the OCEA Shipbuilding plant in La Rochelle, France
Eugene Garrihy (far right) with shipbuilders on board the vessel in the early stage of the build at the OCEA Shipbuilding plant in La Rochelle, France

After its arrival this May, it will offer daily crossings to the islands.

“We’re really looking forward to its completion and getting it back here. There’ll be nothing like it for tourists heading out from the west coast," said Eugene Garrihy.

The Garrihy family also owns and operates The Happy Hooker, The Rose of Aran, The Jack B, The Doolin Discovery and the St Bridget, which operates on Dublin Bay.

The new ship will be twice as fast and carry twice as many passengers as its current longest vessel, the 20m Happy Hooker, the family says.

Artist’s impression of the new Doolin2Aran Ferries cruise ship currently being built in France.
Artist’s impression of the new Doolin2Aran Ferries cruise ship currently being built in France.

This is the first ship to be built for Doolin this decade - the last one being the Doolin Discovery, which was also commissioned by the family in 2009.

Operating in the UNESCO Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark, the ship is been built with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind, Eugene Garrihy adds.

Fittings include a high-tech, on-board waste water treatment plant and TIER ii advanced low emission energy efficient engines.

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