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About Irish Ferries

The leading ferry operator to and from the Republic of Ireland

Our Story

Irish Continental Group

The Ferries Division of Irish Continental Group comprises of Irish Ferries, the leading ferry operator to and from the Republic of Ireland, and the Group’s ship chartering activities. Irish Ferries operates five ferries on international routes between Ireland Britain and France catering for passengers, vehicles and freight units. See www.icg.ie for current information on market and financial performance.

Our Fleet

Over the last number of years, we have invested over €450 million in new fleet and port facilities. We now have the most modern fleet in Europe including the recent addition of Epsilon which was just built in 2011 sitting alongside Ulysses, the Largest Car Ferry on the Irish Sea, the Dublin Swift on the Dublin – Holyhead route and the Isle of Inishmore on the Pembroke - Rosslare route. We are also very proud of our luxury cruise ferry Oscar Wilde which sails on the Rosslare to France route.


Our Customers have their say...

Whilst we are always delighted when Irish Ferries is recognized for its commitment and quality, it is particularly nice to be acknowledged by Ireland’s travel industry and we are very pleased to have won 'Best Ferry Company' in both the recent Irish Travel Industry Awards and the Irish Travel Trade Awards along with various other accolaldes through the years.   

ITTN Awards 2016

Irish Ferries had reason to celebrate after making history at the 25th Silver Jubilee Irish Travel Trade News Awards.

For the 10th year in succession and 19th time overall, the company was voted Ireland’s ‘Best Ferry Company’ at the 2016 gala ceremony held in Dublin recently.

The latest success brings to three, the number of ‘Best Ferry Company’ titles currently held by Irish Ferries having also been awarded the top honour at the 2016 Irish Travel Industry Awards and 2016 Travel Media Awards.

Irish Ferries head of passenger sales Dermot Merrigan (right) pictured receiving the 'Best Ferry Company 2016' award from sponsor Daragh Hanratty of Cork Airport at the 25th Silver Jubilee Irish Travel Trade News Awards ceremony held in Dublin recently.

Group Leisure awards 2016

Group Leisure Magazine Awards

Irish Ferries has been voted Best Ferry Operator by readers of Group Leisure Magazine.

Voted for by readers of the UK’s Group Leisure Magazine, the award reflects Irish Ferries’ popularity within the coach and group market

Marie McCarthy, Coach and Groups Manager for Irish Ferries, was delighted to receive the award at the annual awards ceremony, held in Birmingham. 

Irish Ferries management Marie McCarthy, Dermot Merrigan and Ann Pye pictured receiving the ‘Best Ferry Operator’ award from Strictly Come Dancing star Erin Boag at the recent Group Leisure Awards in Birmingham


Innovation Excellence Award

Irish Ferries Freight won a new prestigious award at Export & Freight (Ireland’s Transport Magazine) Transport and Logistics Industry Awards 2016.
The Innovation Excellence Award was aimed at companies within the sector who have invested in innovative solutions to make their operations more efficient, profitable and successful. It was open to any type of innovation from the latest equipment and facilities to cutting edge technology or environmental solutions. Competition was strong on the night, but the independent judges favoured Irish Ferries Freight’s complete new concept and radical design of the website and, in particular, the online booking system where state-of-the-art technology was designed to deliver exceptional user experience.

Pictured accepting the award on behalf of Irish Ferries are Eugene Carron and Geraldine Galvin.

Irish Travel Industry Awards 2016

Irish Ferries have won the Best Ferry Company Award 2016 at the Annual Irish Travel Industry awards – for the sixth year in a row. The event is now in its sixth year and is organised by The Irish Travel Agents Association. Votes were cast by travel agents and their staff across Ireland.

This follows closely on from Irish Ferries winning the "Best Ferry Company" category at the Irish Travel Trade Awards in December 2015.

Pictured accepting the award on behalf of Irish Ferries is Dermot Merrigan Head of Passenger Sales.

National Coach Tourism Awards

National Coach Tourism Awards

Irish Ferries has been declared best Cross-Sea Carrier in the prestigious National Coach Tourism Awards at the 10th annual ceremony.

The awards are the only national scheme to specifically focus on coach tourism.

In winning the award, Irish Ferries was judged to be the most coach-friendly ferry company, providing reliable services between the UK and Ireland and offering special arrangements for groups travelling by coach, especially on the line’s flagship Ulysses.

Pictured accepting the award on behalf of Irish Ferries are Marie McCarthy and Ann Pye.

International Marketing Award 2011

Irish Ferries has added to its tally of top awards by winning the prestigious International Marketing Award at the All Ireland Marketing Awards.

In their citation, the jury praised Irish Ferries for the messaging of the campaign which, they said, 'reflected a distinctly Irish heritage in a modern environment.' In terms of its impact, the jury noted that their marketing campaign helped Irish Ferries to reverse the trend in a declining travel market in 2010.

Pictured accepting the award on behalf of Irish Ferries is Daragh O'Reilly, Marketing Manager.

Irish Logistics and Transport Awards 2010

In winning the Overall Logistics and Transport Excellence Award, the top prize out of eight category prize winners, Irish Ferries was praised for its business and financial flair, their commitment to quality and for the entrepreneurial vision displayed by its management in tough economic times.

Pictured accepting the award on behalf of Irish Ferries is Tony Kelly - Director of Marketing.

Going Green

Eco LogoIrish Continental Group recognises that all forms of transport, including ships, have an unavoidable impact on the environment. We are committed to reducing negative impacts through:

  • Consistent compliance with the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from ships (MARPOL 73/78).
  • Minimising the consumption of non-renewable fossil fuels, including, for example, using electricity to power our cranes.
  • Using an oil recovery system to collect all waste oil from our ships. This oil is then recycled.
  • Bulk purchasing to reduce the number of deliveries and packaging, and segregation of all waste cardboard packaging for recycling.
  • Minimising wave generation, thus minimising disturbance of coastal habitats.
  • Painting the hulls of all our ferries with tin-free non-toxic paints to avoid the release of harmful agents into the sea.
  • Promoting customer awareness of the marine environment.
  • Recycling paper at our Head Office in Dublin.
  • Reducing the sulphur content in marine fuels used on all of our vessels in compliance with the requirements of European Directive 2005/33/EC.

Irish Continental Group continues to take an active interest in the communities within which it operates. Each separate business unit assists in local initiatives through sponsorship and organised events. We recognise the important role played by charities and community organisations within our communities and we are happy to help these organisations achieve their goals.