Bon Voyage W.B Yeats

W.B Yeats off Wicklow port. (Photo: Tommy Dover)

Irish Ferries latest vessel W.B Yeats made her debut in Wicklow bay on Thursday 14 January. The cruise ferry was making her first commercial run to Cherbourg from Dublin. W.B Yeats was built by FSB (Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft) in Flensburg, Germany and went into service on the Holyhead – Dublin route in January of this year. The cruise ferry is 195 metres in length and has the capacity for 300 cars, 165 trucks and 1800 passengers.
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Relief Shannon Lifeboat arrives at Wicklow

Annie Blaker escorting Jock and Annie Slater into Wicklow harbour. (Photo:Tommy Dover)

The relief Shannon class lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater arrived in Wicklow  on Sunday 24th February after travelling from the RNLI headquarters in Poole, Dorset. A large turnout of family, friends and supporters gathered as the Wicklow all-weather lifeboat Annie Blaker and the Inshore lifeboat escorted the relief Shannon into the harbour, while a lone piper on the East pier played a musical tribute to signal the arrival.

Staff Coxswain Pete Hanscombe accompanied the crew on the training passage, but Coxswain Nick Keogh had the honour of bringing the relief Shannon into Wicklow harbour. A short impressive display of the boats speed and agility was greeted with applause from the crowd, before it came alongside the pier.

The relief lifeboat will replace the present Wicklow lifeboat in the next few weeks after the crew complete training. Temporary mooring facilities are being placed on the South Quay to support the lifeboat once it becomes operational.

Tommy Dover