Irish Ferries ready for second ash boost

Irish Ferries ready for second ash boost

Irish Ferries’ super ship Ulysses is poised to welcome any air travellers disrupted by another Icelandic volcano.

“This time last year we carried more than 40,500 extra passengers, due in no small part to the ash cloud disruption,” says head of passenger sales Declan Mescall.

“As Ulysses celebrates her 10th birthday – with not a single sailing cancelled due to weather conditions in all that time – we’re ready to roll out the green carpet to any air travellers worried about their travel arrangements.”

At 51,000 tonnes and with on-board space for 1,342 cars and 2,000 passengers, Ulysses remains the largest ferry operating Irish Sea routes.

In these 10 years the ship has made approximately 14,000 crossings of the Irish Sea which equates to 826,000 nautical miles or 33 times around the world.


Ulysses operates two return crossings daily between Holyhead and Dublin.  The same route is also operated by the Dublin Swift Fastcraft, while the Isle of Inishmore serves the Pembroke/Rosslare route.