Irish Ferries is encouraging travel agents in Ireland and the UK to suggest a name for the company’s new 55,000 tonne cruise ferry.

The ship is currently being built in Germany at a cost of 144million Euros and is due to come into service next summer.

The company is looking for ‘a big name for a big ship’ which is able to convey a sense of Ireland and the country’s literary past. Ideally it will have emotional appeal, not only to the Irish people, but to anyone who sails on the new ship.

Pictured launching the competition with Irish model Robyn Byrne at the famous Oscar Wilde statue in Dublin, Dermot Merrigan (right) head of passenger sales for the company, said: “We’re looking for a name that stacks up – in the literary sense – alongside our current fleet that already includes Ulysses, Oscar Wilde and Jonathan Swift. All suggestions will go into the draw with a first prize of free travel for life on Irish Ferries.”

Agents are invited to visit bigshipbigname.com to enter the competition, which has a closing date of September 29.

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