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Fastnet Line helps Marine Research

Fastnet Line, operating the only ferry service to Cork from Wales is helping the charity MARINElife to carry out vital research into the conservation of marine wildlife.


Fastnet Line support MARINElife, a charity set up to monitor the population trends and movements of cetaceans (the collective name for whales, dolphins and porpoises), seabirds and other marine life, by providing them with free travel on The Julia.


MARINElife will run scientific surveys on the Swansea to Cork route during July and August when the ships schedule allows for daylight passage. Sightings will be posted on both MARINElife and Fastnet Line’s websites and the data collected will contribute to a better understanding of the distribution and abundance of whales, dolphins, porpoises and seabirds in the Celtic Sea. The research on The Julia contributes to a larger project operating on ferries around the UK coastline.


Paul O’Brien, Fastnet Line General Manager, said: “We are delighted to help MARINElife with their vital research and to offer them complimentary travel on our ferry and look forward to information about the wildlife in the waters we cross”.


The first of four surveys will take place on the 7th July 2011.


Adrian Shephard, Chairman of MARINElife Trustees, said: “We really appreciate the support of Fastnet Line. Ferries, or Ships of Opportunity as we refer to them, are a very convenient way of carrying out off-shore surveys. They allow us to access the same areas of ocean and monitor for changes over time – vital information which forms the basis of conservation decisions”.


“The route from Swansea to Cork crosses a range of marine habitats and we hope it will generate many sightings of cetaceans and seabirds, including two important species we monitor, the White-Beaked Dolphin and the Balearic Shearwater”.


“By using a standardised approach across multiple ferry routes, we are able to use the data to build a picture of the marine environment in the European Atlantic”.


Fastnet Line started operating the car-ferry Swansea-Cork service in 2010, allowing thousands of passengers and freight drivers to make the crossing between Swansea and Cork.


The Julia currently sails year-round six times a week from September to June and eight times per week during July and August and with onboard facilities that include three restaurants, two bars, shop, tourism information office, cinema, casino and children’s play area, there are plenty of opportunities for passengers of all ages to sit back, enjoy the journey.



Swansea are in the Premiership!

Swansea City 4 - 2 Reading

Pinch yourself all you like but Premiership football is coming to Swansea next season. The mighty Swans have done themselves and Wales proud by winning the final place in next season's premiership by beating Reading in a breathtaking final at Wembley.

Bring on Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and the rest. We are delighted for everyone associated with the club and the loyal fans who have stuck with the club through thick and thin.

A magnificent day for Swansea. Everyone at Fastnet Line salutes you and we look forward to bring many fans to see the action in the coming season at the Liberty Stadium.


The Irish Are Coming

SWANSEA City are gearing up for record-breaking season ticket sales ahead of their clash with Reading on Monday.

Thousands of new fans have applied for a chance to follow the Swans in what could be their first season in the Premier League.

In the past two months alone the Liberty Stadium ticket office has received 3,200 new season ticket applications.

Longstanding fans have also been snapping up their season tickets, with 6,000 existing season ticket holders already renewing for the next season.

The deadline for existing season ticket holders to renew is Tuesday, and a spokesman for the club said it was expecting a further 2,000 existing fans to sign up over the next three days.

The Swans have also sold all their hospitality executive boxes for next season.

Swansea City vice-chairman Leigh Dineen said: "Swansea City fever is certainly sweeping the city.

"We have been amazed and encouraged by the huge interest in our season tickets.

"It is set to break all records and we would like to thank all the fans for their fantastic support."

Swansea Lord Mayor Ioan Richard recently returned from a five-day visit to Cork in Ireland and said a buzz was developing over Swansea City's chances of entering the Premier League.

Mr Richard met everyone from taxi drivers to government ministers during his visit and said there was widespread interest in becoming a Swans season ticket holder.

The recently-appointed mayor said in terms of driving distance it could be closer for fans living in Cork to get to the Liberty Stadium than supporters driving to home games from Ystradgynlais thanks to the ferry service re-introduced last year to connect Swansea to Cork.

Mr Richard said: "There is a lot of enthusiasm in Ireland for the Swansea game on Monday.

"Every taxi driver was saying 'let's hope the Swans win'.

"They reckon a lot of Irish money will come into Swansea.

"For Irish football fans to get to a Premier League game from Ireland they would have to fly from Dublin to Manchester or Liverpool.

"Now it would be easy to come by car and you can drive to the Liberty Stadium.

"A lot of them were saying they would be buying season tickets for the Swans.

"People living in the south west of Ireland are within 10 miles driving distance of the Liberty Stadium thanks to the ferry connection.

"Cork is so well placed now for Premier League football if Swansea win on Monday.

"I was in Africa on holiday and people talk about Manchester United as if it is just down the road.

"The Premier League will be just down the road for people from Cork.

"Cork city centre is probably closer to the Liberty Stadium than Ystradgynlais.

"There was a real buzz about it over there."


Sailing Schedule Update - Ash Cloud Crisis

Fastnet Line would like to remind passengers of its sailing schedule for the week ahead as the reported ash cloud crisis looks set to worsen over the UK in the coming days. 

Cork to Swansea

Tuesday 24th May 20.30 hrs.

Thursday 26th May 21.00 hrs.

Saturday 28th May 20.30 hrs.

Swansea to Cork

Wednesday 25th May 20.30 hrs.

Friday 27th May 18.30 hrs.

Sunday 29th May 20.30 hrs.

Bookings can be made online at or telephone reservations Ireland: 021 437 8892 UK 0844 576 8831

We have availability on all sailings at present.




Fastnet Line helps with Timoleague Festival's Star Search

This year Fastnet Line has decided to get on board with the Timoleague Festival’s exciting Star Search Competition which aims to find the best local talent in West Cork. The winner will get the chance to perform on board the Julia during her summer season of entertainment in the Island Bar. Throughout July and August Fastnet Line aims to bring the best in onboard entertainment to passengers in the ideal surroundings of the Island Bar with its full lighting rig and sound system its sure to bring out the best in any winner. Phil Jones CEO of Fastnet Line said, “We are delighted to be associated with the long established Timoleague Festival which provides great entertainment for visitors and families in one of the most beautiful settings in West Cork. We wish all the participants the best of luck and look forward to showcasing the newest talent from West Cork on board the Julia this summer.”


Fastnet Line operates two extra sailings per week during the summer season starting with a day sailing from Swansea to Cork on Sunday 10th July and a Monday night sailing from Swansea on Monday 11th July until Monday 29th August 2011.


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