Irish Ferries is a company that was founded in 1973 by a co-operation of companies, including Fearnley and Eger, Irish Shipping Limited, and Lion Ferry, and it has since become one of the most popular ferry operators between UK and Ireland.

The first services operated between the ports of Le Havre and Rosslare. It was a popular route for passengers to take in the early days. The company were originally known as Irish Continental Line, until Irish Shipping Limited went bankrupt in the mid-eighties. The company was sold and rebranded as the Irish Continental Group. However, this didn’t change the vessels or the route in any way. No major changes to routes occurred until the early nineties, when the group took over another ferry service provider, British and Irish Steam Packet Company. They took over routes going from Rosslare to Permbroke as well as from Dublin to Holyhead.
All went well for the company in the coming years, as more routes were added and more ships were acquired. However, in the mid-naughties, the company came across a number of problems, particularly an argument over cost-cutting. Around six-hundred members of staff at Irish ferries were let go, and the fast service between Dublin and Holyhead was cancelled, as well as the services between Rosslare and Roscoff and Cherbourg, and Rosslare to Pembroke.

Shortly afterwards, a revelation came out that someone working for Irish Ferries was paying a foreign beauty therapist just one Euro an hour to work on one of the ferries. When they ended her contract, the woman refused to leave the ship. After negotiation, the woman was given twenty-four thousand Euros in back pay.

Business these days is back to normal. Most of the vessels operated by Irish Ferries are painted with a white hull, bar one. In 2007, a ship was bought from Colour Line, a Norwegian company. It was rebranded as the MS Oscar Wilde and now operates the Rosslare to Roscoff and Cherbourg route, but the company kept the blue hull that it came with. The Oscar Wilde is the most luxurious of all of Irish Ferries’ vessels, as it’s one of the longest journeys. There are fifteen cabins for the overnight journey, some of which are five stars. They are all en suite, with double bed, a seating area, flat screen TV, and a hairdryer. There are four restaurants to choose from during your journey, from simple café food to a much classier restaurant. There is also a piano bar, as well as a cabaret show during the summer months.

The vessels on the shorter journeys are not as luxurious, but still have plenty of things to keep you busy during your time at sea. There are cafes and restaurants, as well as shops where you can pick up some duty free, and all ships have a viewing area for some incredible panoramic ocean views. Irish Ferries not only provide transportation from A to B, but also the option of a package holiday. As well as your ferry ticket, you can also look at a variety of accommodation for when you reach the other side, including simple bed and breakfasts or cottages.