ferry service

  • Islanders on Clare Island are highlighting the urgent need for an improved ferry service to and from the island.

    Currently there are two sailings per day between Clare Island and Roonagh pier near Louisburg, but islanders are calling for the service to be increased to 4 sailings per day, to improve their connectivity and quality of life.

    Tenders are currently being sought to provide the ferry service for the next 5 years, and the community on Clare Island have now written to the Minister for Community & Rural Development Heather Humphreys asking that the tender be modified to allow for an increased number of daily sailings.

    Ian McCabe is chairman of the Clare Island Development group.

    He's been speaking with Midwest News about the urgent need for a more frequent year-round ferry service....

  • The contract has been signed for a new 5-year contract for the provision of a ferry service to Clare Island.

    Following pressure from islanders for a more frequent service, the new service will provide for 4 return sailings per day, all year round, between the island and Roonagh Pier.

    In addition, the operator will also provide an additional weekly "fast ferry" sailing that will be scheduled at the discretion of the island community.

    The €1 million euro contract has been awarded to O'Malley Ferries Clare Island Ltd, and comes into effect from today, 1st July.