From Holyhead to Dublin Port – Ireland
DAY 7 – At Holyhead we boarded our ferry for Dublin. For those interested in technology, this high-tech gangplank was interesting to watch as the gangplank itself consisted of metal slats that were raised electronically.
Our ferry, the Ulysses is the largest car ferry in the world, according to Irish Ferries. The stats are quite impressive, i.e. it is 12 decks high, has 3 miles of car parking space and holds 1,342 cars and 2,000 passengers. Facilities on board include restaurants, cinemas, TV lounges, children’s play area and two large lounge bars and a shop. The Ulysses operate two return sailings each day between Holyhead and Dublin Port and the trip takes approximately 3 hrs 15 mins.
We were rather impressed that there were cinemas on board and decided that a movie was the best way to past the time. The 2003 movie Veronica Guerin was playing and on reflection, it probably wasn’t a smart movie choice to set the mood for our arrival in Dubin.
Veronica Guerin is the true story of the assassinated Irish journalist, Veronica Guerin. In the mid-1990s, Dublin resembled a war zone, with a few powerful drug lords battling for control. Veronica was the crime reporter for the Sunday Independent investigating the criminal underworld in Ireland and she was gunned down in 1996.