Terminal Decline



This morning.

Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Robyn writes:

Former Stena Line HSS terminal… Where once there was the fastest ferry on the Irish Sea, now there is just a frame and a crane. This is progress.

Previously: Stena Line confirms end of Dun Laoghaire to Holyhead route (Irish Times, February 4, 2015)

31 thoughts on “Terminal Decline

  1. Praetorian

    And yet the signs directing people to that ferry are still in place on the M50 gantrys and M/N11 gantrys.
    I met a Norwegian man there recently who has followed said signs in the hope of catching a ferry to Britain…directed him to Dublin port but he couldn’t understand why the signs still existed but the ferry didn’t…
    over to you TII.

  2. bertie blenkinsop

    It’s just a rumour that was spread around town,
    A telegram or a picture postcard,
    Within weeks they’ll be re-opening the shipyards,
    And notifying the next of kin.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        yeah that’s right. it was on a charity album, wasn’t it? can’t remember which one…used to remember stuff like that.

          1. Brother Barnabas

            that’s it

            check out searchlight by the levellers on that same album

            going download that album now – no harm in a bit of nostalgia on a Tuesday morning

          2. Spaghetti Hoop

            That’s where I found the Suede version too – lovely eerie sound to it. Buying up compilation CDs for alternative versions of songs was a much-rewarded past-time. If there were DUB versions, even more so.

    1. Otis Blue

      Diving for pearls right there, Bertie.

      Wyatt or Costello though? I’m with the former.

  3. Rob_G

    “Where once there was the fastest ferry on the Irish Sea, now there is just a frame and a crane. This is progress.”

    – fewer jobs working on ferries/ports, but more jobs working on planes/airports; swings and roundabouts, I guess.

      1. Yeah, Ok

        Not at all. It’s only very recently that the ferry was your only affordable way to the UK. Now you can fly anywhere in Britain for twenty quid. Of course the ferries will suffer while the airports thrive.

        1. Disasta

          “Now you can fly anywhere in Britain for twenty quid”

          Not on the days people really want to fly. Yeah if you want to leave mid week and come back mid week, but who does?

      1. Rob_G

        Was this the ferry that couldn’t sail at all if the sea was slightly rough? Not much point being the fastest if you don’t sail at all a % of the time.

    1. Robyn

      Indeed it is, while the other two in the class found later service as dog food tins.

      I find it amazing how it went from being the best thing since sliced bread, to “we prefer the old way” so quickly.

  4. mauriac

    post Brexit surely the government are preparing to start up a new semistate freight ferry company to get goods to and from the continent cheaply ?

  5. Ciaran

    so people will just use the pre-existing Dublin-Holyhead service a few miles up the road *shrug*

  6. Bobby

    With all the will in the world…..diving for dear life…..and Declan “Elvis” McManus’ version, which I first encountered on the High Fidelity soundtrack….

    Tis easier for the lads fishing off the pier at any rate, without that swell. Although it was swell, the HSS and this makes me sad.

  7. Cloud9

    When it started it took just 90 minutes to get across. Problem was it uses jet fuel for its engines which is way more expensive than the dirty crap the marine industry uses. They had it slowed down to 2hrs in the end. A pity.

  8. Simon Maher

    Just before Dun Laoghaire port’s epitaph is written, there are people working hard to secure a replacement service. A cheaper to run one than the (in fairness amazing) HSS. Might happen, might not but would be good for both Harbour and Town if it does. Looks pretty bleak down at the terminal at the moment, but in the short-term it will liven up for Beatyard at the end of the month!


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