Win a free trip to Wales v Ireland including match tickets

March 2nd, 2011 by Paul

 

Ireland rugby photo

Ireland rugby photo

To celebrate our first anniversary and combining it with our love of rugby, we at Fastnet Line are giving you and a friend the chance to win a free trip to the Wales v Ireland Six Nations clash which takes place in Cardiff on Saturday 12th March at 5 p.m.

In order to be in with a chance to win please email your answer to the following question to info@fastnetline.com

Q. In their last meeting at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in 2009 who scored the winning drop goal for Ireland?

Was it:

(a) Johnny Sexton

(b) Paddy Wallace

(c) Ronan O’Gara

Terms and conditions apply. Click here to read more.

*Competition Winner*

Congratulations to Kate Leavy, winner of the return trip and match tickets to see Wales v Ireland Six Nations clash! Enjoy your sailing and the game Kate!

If you don’t win you can still travel with us to Cardiff at some really great prices.

Prices start from €60 per person without reserved accommodation, €78 per person with a reserved pullman seat and starting from €98 per person sharing return including a two berth inside cabin. All of these prices for foot passengers with bus transfers extra. We also have great deals if you want to bring your car.

Sailing on Friday night 11th March at 20.30 and arriving at 08.00 in Swansea on the morning of the game, Fastnet Line will provide bus transport for those travelling as foot passengers to Cardiff from 09.30. Supporters will then have plenty of time to soak up the pre-match atmosphere before the game which kicks off at 5 p.m.

Buses will again take supporters back after the game in plenty of time to check in for the departure of 23.50 and the ferry will arrive back in Cork at 12.00 noon on Sunday 13th March.

Six Nations Rugby Special Fastnet Line Sailing

February 18th, 2011 by Paul

Ireland_vs_Georgia,_Rugby

I never got to go to the old Cardiff Arms Park but watched our biannual tussles with Wales in the then five nations championship avidly throughout the 1970s and 1980s. I never saw Ireland win in Cardiff until I was 20 years old when that fantastic triple crown winning team finally won in Wales for the first time since 1967 and did it in some style 21-9.

Memories of those days and reading the players names from those team sheets still brings goosebumps – Ringland, Crossan, Kiernan, Lenihan, Anderson against Titley, Holmes, Ackerman, Norster and Moriarty. Great memories of exciting hard fought games. Nowadays we have the fantastic Millennium Stadium to visit and may there isn’t as much singing as I remember but catch a chorus of “Bread of Heaven” or “Land of My Fathers” and it is an unforgettable sporting thrill.

The next edition of Wales v Ireland in the Six Nations Championship takes place on Saturday 12th March at 5 p.m. in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Fastnet Line celebrates it’s first anniversary on the 10th March and we are bringing a special sailing to Wales to ring Irish rugby supporters to one of the best loved fixtures of any year.

Prices start from €60 per person without reserved accommodation, €78 per person with a reserved pullman seat and starting from €98 per person sharing return including a two berth inside cabin. So your return trip to the match (bus extra) and two nights accommodation for an incredible €98 per person.

Sailing on Friday night 11th March at 20.30 and arriving at 08.00 in Swansea on the morning of the game, Fastnet Line will provide bus transport for those travelling as foot passengers to Cardiff from 09.30. Supporters will then have plenty of time to soak up the pre-match atmosphere before the game which kicks off at 5 p.m.

Buses will again take supporters back after the game in plenty of time to check in for the departure of 23.50 and the ferry will arrive back in Cork at 12.00 noon on Sunday 13th March.

Let’s hope we have another memorable encounter between these to great teams and may the best team win!

Are you ready for March?

February 9th, 2011 by Paul

A P McCoy takes a tumble

Here at Fastnet Line we like our sport, which is why March is one of our favourite times of the year. Not only do we get to go to Cardiff for our biannual meeting with our Celtic cousins on the rugby pitch in the Six Nations championship (Wales v Ireland, Millennium Stadium Cardiff, Saturday 12th March 2011 at 17.00) but we also get to look forward to the Cheltenham Racing Festival (Prestbury Park Cheltenham, 15th to 18th March 2011).

And if that isn’t enough, the West Cork Rally is being held on the weekend of the 18th to 20th March based in CLonakilty West Cork. Fastnet Line expects to bring competitiors from Wales and farther afield in the UK to one of the best tarmac rallies in Ireland.

Now not everyone in Ireland is a racing fan but in our experience most people will know a little about a horse or a jockey or perhaps a local trainer and everyone will have heard of Cheltenham. It is the Olympics and World Cup final of National Hunt racing in one extraordinary festival of racing. If you have not experienced it, we can only say GO! The atmosphere is electric at this incredible sporting occasion and is certainly one of those events that you have to be there to experience.

The easiest way to get to these two great sporting events is with Fastnet Line saiing from Cork to Swansea overnight in comfort and style. We have got special offers for both great events and are running a special sailing on Friday 11th March from Cork to Swansea to bring rugby supporters to Wales for the big match with a return sailing late on Saturday night  to bring them back to Cork after the match. So whichever form of sport takes your fancy in March book now to get the best fares.

Fastnet Line Shortlisted for Emerging Cork Company of the Year

January 12th, 2011 by Paul

Cork Chamber of Commerce have announced that Fastnet Line has been shortlisted with three other Cork based companies in the “Emerging Cork Business” category for 2010. The company will also be in the running for the overall category of Cork Business of the Year.

The winners will be announced at the Cork Chamber of Commerce annual dinner to be held in City Hall Cork on Friday 4th February 2011. 

“Against the challenges of today’s economic background, it is more important than ever that we recognise businesses for their achievements, contributions and entrepreneurial spirit. Judging by the exceptionally high standard of entries this year, it is easy to see why Cork is flourishing with business talent. It was a tough challenge to choose the shortlisted companies and we are very excited about announcing the overall winners shortly”, commented Conor Healy, Chief Executive of Cork Chamber.

Fastnet Line would like to congratulate all the shortlisted companies including their “rivals” in the emerging companies catgory which are, Brook Catering and HR Locker. Well done to them and may the best company win.

Dry Dock Schedule 2011

January 7th, 2011 by Paul

Happy New Year to all our customers.

Julia will be in dry dock in Swansea from next week. Her schedule will be as follows.

The last sailing before annual dry dock will be on Thursday 13th January from Cork to Swansea departing at 20.30 hrs. Julia will remain in Swansea while undergoing annual maintenance up to and including Wednesday 9th February. Her first sailing will be at 20.30 hrs. from Swansea to Cork on Wednesday 9th February 20111.

Bookings can be made on www.fastnetline.com up to three hours prior to departure.

And so this is Christmas..

December 23rd, 2010 by Paul

A sincere wish to all of our customers, suppliers, crew and staff for a happy, peaceful and safe Christmas. Thank you for your support in 2010 and we look forward to work with you throughout 2011 and to welcome you on board Julia during the year. It has been our pleasure and privilege to serve you.

Our biggest thanks, respect and admiration go to the people of the West Cork Tourism Co-Op whose courage and vision has made this dream a reality and has restored an important link between Ireland and the UK which has proved yet again to be of vital strategic importance in linking our two countries.

It has been our privilege to provide this service to people wanting to travel in times of crisis and gridlock at our airports whether it be due to volcanic ash clouds or snow and ice. Let us never underestimate the value of a ferry service to island nations.

Did you hear the one about?

December 15th, 2010 by Paul
Paul O'Brien, Mike Phillips and Tomas O'Leary

Paul O'Brien, Mike Phillips and Tomas O'Leary

The ex-prop and the two world class scrum halves? As part of the publicity for the upcoming Ospreys v Munster Heineken Cup game in Swansea on Saturday 18th December. Fastnet Line General Manager Paul O’Brien got as close as he’s ever likely to get, to two world class scrum halves – Tomas O’Leary of Munster and Ireland and Mike Phillips the Ospreys, Wales and British and Irish Lions number nine.

O’Brien whose career as a rugby player “climaxed” in the South Munster U18 cup final of 1980 something (lost 4-3 since you ask) finally came close to greatness and realised a long time ambition to actually catch a scrum half. Something he singularly failed to do during his playing career.

All three were on hand after the match last Sunday in which Munster edged out Ospreys in a close, tense affair at Thomond Park, Limerick, to publicise the Fastnet Line special rugby sailing carrying Munster rugby supporters to Swansea for the Heineken Cup Pool Three clash with Ospreys on Saturday 18th December. Hundreds of Munster supporters are expected to travel bringing a much needed boost to Swansea in the run up to Christmas.

Munster rugby supporters are famously enthusiastic travellers and they are sure to bring colour, passion and lots of singing to the occasion. Fastnet Line will also provide coach transfers to get supporters from the ferry port to and from the game. The supporters will arrive early on Saturday morning and will spend the day in Swansea up to kick off which is set for 3.30 p.m. at Liberty Stadium.

Commenting on the special sailings, Paul O’Brien General Manager of Fastnet Line said; “Following Munster’s narrow victory over the Ospreys on Sunday it’s still all to play for in what is proving to be one of the most competitive pools in the Heineken Cup competition.

“Munster will want as much support as possible at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday and Fastnet Line is playing its part to make sure the red army will travel in style and comfort direct to Swansea for the big occasion.”

Fastnet Line Heineken Cup Competition

December 10th, 2010 by Fastnet Line

Who scored Munster’s first try in the 2006 Heineken Cup Final?

Was it
(a) John Kelly
(b) Trevor Halstead
(c) Anthony Foley

Email your answer to munster.rugby@fastnetline.com. Please include your contact telephone number. Competition closes Wednesday 16th December at 5pm.

To celebrate the forthcoming special sailing for Munster supporters to the Heineken Cup Pool 3 match, Fastnet Line in association with Heineken Ireland will give two lucky winners the chance to go to the vital game between Ospreys and Munster in Swansea on Saturday 18th December.

The prize consists of a free return trip on the Fastnet Line special rugby sailings leaving Cork at 18.00 on Friday 17th December returning at 23.50 on Saturday 18th December. The prize includes a two berth window cabin both ways and free bus transfers to and from the centre of Swansea. In addition the lucky winners will get two tickets to the Ospreys v Munster Heineken Cup game which kicks off at 15.30 on Saturday 18th December at the Liberty Stadium.

Terms and conditions apply. Click here to read more.

Our Heineken Cup Competition Winner is………Majbritt Gleeson! Congratulations, enjoy the match and your crossing with Fastnet Line! Thank you to all those who entered! Check back soon for our next competition………

Fastnet Line is pleased to announce two special sailings for all Munster Rugby fans wishing to travel to Swansea for the Heineken Cup Pool three clash against Neath Swansea Ospreys on Saturday 18th December 2010.A special sailing will leave Cork at 18.00 on Friday 17th December arriving at 08.00 in Swansea. A special coach service will be available for those who wish to have a leisurely breakfast to take them into town from 10.00 and supporters can check in from 19.00 after the game right up until 22.00.

Buses will pick up supporters from Swansea City Centre on the hour at 19.00, 20.00 and 21.00. The ship will sail on Saturday night 18th December at 23.50 arriving back in Cork at 14.00 on Sunday 19th December.

Important – Please note when booking this special price you must go through all the steps in the booking process online as the special reduced fare price will appear on the last screen before you confirm to make payment.

Prices start from €99 return per person but please book early as demand is already proving to be very brisk indeed!

From the “We must be doing something right” department

December 3rd, 2010 by Paul
julia from the air

julia from the air

Recently Fastnet Line received a “Highly Commended” award from Swansea Bay Tourism at their annual awards ceremony held recently in Brangwyn Hall Swansea. The category was called “Co-operating to Compete” and recognises the efforts that Fastnet Line has gone to in connecting with local businesses in the South Wales area in an effort to promote them to Irish customers.

In June 2010, Fastnet Line hosted over eighty tourism businesses from the Swansea area on board the Julia under the banner “Working Together”. Following that initial contact it took varios business offerings from these providers and promoted them on its website www.fastnetline.com as well as making them part of its marketing message to the Irish consumer.

Fastnet Line will continue to work with Swansea Bay Tourism and other stakeholders in South Wales to continue to promote the area in the Irish market.

Also on the Irish side of the water, Cork Chamber of Commerce have just announced that Fastnet Line has been shortlisted for Cork Company of the Year. The winner will be announced at the gala dinner hosted by the Chamber on Friday 4th February 2011. We are extremely proud of all of our staff and crew who have worked so hard in 2010 and thank them for their terrific efforts which are being recognised in this way. Thank you.

€29 return fares on Fastnet Lineno

December 2nd, 2010 by Paul
Aerial phot of the Julia at sea

Aerial photo of the Julia at sea

Unbelievable but true!  Only €29/£26 per person for a 24 hour return crossing as a foot passenger including a cabin? For a limited period until the end of January on selected dates take advantage of this amazing offer.

You can also give this as a Christmas gift to your loved ones by simply contacting Fastnet Line. We will send you our special Christmas voucher so that you can surprise someone you love with a great trip on the Julia.

This offer is valid for travel until the 31st January 2011 on selected dates and is subject to availability. You must book by the 15th December to avail of this great offer.

We recently got some great feedback from our neighbours in the National Maritime College of Ireland who had some recent participants in their BOSIET and offshore courses use the service and save some money.

The Ferry is a great service and we are delighted to see some of our students using this mode of transport when  involved in our commercial courses
Joanne, NMCI