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Woman wins free travel on Irish Ferries for life as it names new cruiseferry W. B. Yeats

The new €144m cruise ferry being built for Irish Ferries in Germany for service on routes between Ireland, UK and France is to be named after the famous Irish poet, W. B. Yeats.

The name was chosen after an online competition attracted nearly 100,000 entries.

And the choice has proved lucky for Lee Maxwell from Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, who has won free travel on Irish Ferries for life after being picked at random from the winning entries.

A company spokesman said: “It was clear from the poll that there is widespread public affection for W. B. Yeats, due in the main to the magnificence of his writings and his contribution to Irish society, theatre and the arts generally.”

Acclaimed as one of the greatest poets of the 20th century and one of Ireland’s foremost literary figures, W. B. Yeats was born in Dublin and educated in Ireland and London.

Recipient of a Nobel Prize for Literature, he helped to found Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. Among the poems for which he is most fondly remembered is The Lake Isle of Innisfree, a composition inspired by his many holiday visits to Sligo, where, in a churchyard beneath Ben Bulben, his remains now rest.

cruiseferry W.B. Yeats
The W. B. Yeats will have space for 1,885 passengers and crew, 1,200 cars and 440 cabins

The decision by Irish Ferries to name their new vessel W. B. Yeats is one that continues the tradition adopted by the company of selecting names drawn from the world of Irish literature.

Managing director Andrew Sheen said: “In choosing W. B. Yeats from the many whose works are revered by Irish people and students of literature the world over, we have selected one that will give the new vessel its own distinct identity and stir memories of a poet who is held in high esteem by so many, here and abroad.”

He added: “It is a name that will convey a sense of the magnificence and grandeur that passengers can expect when travelling on our new vessel, sailings of which are expected to commence on the Dublin – Holyhead and Ireland – France routes from mid-Summer next year.”

The W. B. Yeats will have space for 1,885 passengers and crew, 1,200 cars and 440 cabins including luxury suites with their own private balconies.

Other facilities will include a Club Class lounge with direct passenger access from the car decks, á la carte and self-service restaurants, cinema, shopping mall, choice of bars and lounges, exclusive areas for freight drivers, and dedicated facilities for pets.

Posted on 7th October 2017 at 10:54 am in Ferry Operators | Irish Ferries | Ferry News |

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