Stormy crossing to Dublin

If you are travelling to or from Dublin, here’s a good link to keep you informed: www.irishferries.com/uk-en/sailing-update/

Arriving at Dublin Port We knew in advance that our journey was looking a bit iffy.  Breaches to the sea wall in north Wales earlier in the month had left sections of the railway line closed for days. The affected bits of track were cleared of rocks by the date I was travelling, and the boat-train reached Holyhead in time for the afternoon sailing — but the next two ferries were cancelled due to high seas, so there was a five-hour wait. If all went well we would reach Dublin at midnight instead of seven in the evening.

Afternote – if booking travel in the winter months when winds are more likely, worth noting the Jonathan Swift needs fair conditions to travel, while the Ulysses (which like the book is a mammoth) is good to go pretty much whatever the weather

An amble around the ferry once it finally got under way was a reminder of how very fragile we are when the sea is throwing a strop. Even this huge ferry, weighted down with multiple car decks, was hurled up and down on the backs of giant waves. The floor positively bounced underfoot, one moment falling away, then rocking back up again at a new angle so that you could only lurch and moon-walk about. Only myself and a few screeching toddlers seemed to find the sensation enjoyable. Adults stayed put or slowly made their way to the bar, clutching at railings or chairs to steady themselves. Something made a loud bang and they looked nervously at the barman to see if action was required. ‘Just a wave breaking against the side,’ he smiled, and continued making hot whiskeys. In the duty free shop, mugs with shamrocks swung precariously from their hooks, and several items that had tumbled off the shelves were on special offer: a box of deluxe chocolates made a cheap and tasty dinner. It was pitch black on deck, so no photographic evidence of the journey survives. The photo above is from a daytime crossing last summer. We arrived safely at the North Wall, if somewhat later than expected. Well done to the crew, barman included.

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