Three years ago, when Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company were reeling at the prospect of their lucrative contract with Stena coming to an end, they asked the public for submissions as to how the harbour could be used in the future. One of the suggestions I made was to have boat trips to Dublin city / Howth, citing Sydney, Australia, as an example of where water transport is used as a form of public transport to different parts of the city and nearby islands. It was also after an article in the Sunday Times at the time suggesting that a ferry link might be opened up between Dun Laoghaire and Dublin, though that never seemed to come to anything.
Probably co-incidentally, there was an article in last week's Sunday Times about Dublin Ferry Cruises starting a new 80 minute ferry service from Dun Laoghaire to Howth at Easter using the "147 seat St Bridget" . There would be 6 trips daily and a one way fare of €19.
Does anyone know any more about this?
There is a boat, the "Sea Explorer", currently moored in Dun Laoghaire. Has this got anything to do with it?
Even if this does get off the ground, at €19 one way, I'd be a bit worried that it would fall flat on its face. You can get half-way to Holyhead as a foot passenger for that! Otherwise could a great tourism boost for the 2 towns.